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WSP planner Rebecca Dewey shapes places of the future

WSP planner Rebecca Dewey shapes places of the future

 November 09, 2021

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WSP marked World Town Planning Day to promotes the role of planning in creating livable communities and spotlighted employee, Rebecca Dewey.

Shaping towns and cities of the future

As Associate Director in Planning Consultancy, Rebecca also known as Becky, shapes the towns and cities of the future and helps society thrive. She combines her day job as planner working with clients and on projects with her passion for championing the next generation of changemakers.

From Becky’s first day on placement at Plymouth Council in 2007 she knew she wanted to be a planner. Since then, her journey has taken her to Cardiff, London, Manchester and now Birmingham where she is group leader of a growing team in the Midlands.

Delivering services and expertise to secure planning permission

Her day job as an Associate Director based in WSP's city centre Birmingham office is to lead on planning strategy discussions with clients, councils and communities. She works collaboratively and co-ordinates teams to deliver all of the services and expertise necessary to secure planning permission. This includes working on scheme for a new Garden Village in Hertfordshire, working to secure consent for a key employment site in Warwickshire, a new hotel in Birmingham and a strategic housing site in rural Worcestershire; to name a just a few.

"I want to continue to raise the profile of planning, championing all young planners and helping to break down barriers women in property face. I look forward to helping the next generation find their own pathway," explains Becky.

Working to address gender imbalance in property sector

Throughout her career Becky has been aware of the gender imbalance in the property sector, and she is investing her time, energy and experience to address this. From early in her career she worked as education ambassador and as a volunteer for Women in Property. She is now a regular speaker at universities in Manchester and Birmingham, a member on regional and national committees for the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and was part of West Midlands Mayor Andy Street’s City Giving Day steering group. 

In 2016, Becky was recognised as a Rising Star in Property, in 2020 the RTPI’s Young Planner of the Year in the North West, and is a finalist for the national Young Planner award. She volunteers with the RTPI and also sits on the Board of Trustees. 

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