Jonathan Freeman is a chartered planner specialising in the design aspects of planning.
Jonathan has over 18 years’ experience, working across the public and private sectors. He has written on subjects including design review, tall buildings and groundscrapers, and supermarket-led development for a number of urban design journals.
His early career included a strong grounding in field of research at the Bartlett School of Planning, on topics such as the measurement of design quality in planning and the value of public space. This was followed by a move to the London Borough of Hackney where he provided advice on the urban design and heritage effects of development proposals, including tall buildings in the City Fringe.
He developed his skills in urban design and masterplanning at AECOM design + planning where he coordinated the delivery of major planning applications, and the writing of town centre masterplans and development briefs for public sector clients, such as English Partnerships, the Olympic Delivery Authority and the Bletchley Park Trust.
From 2007 Jonathan worked as an advisor in the CABE design review team, taking major schemes through the design review process. These included the London 2012 Main Stadium and Velodrome, Liverpool Waters, the Shell Centre, and 5 Broadgate. He also oversaw the delivery of CABE’s 2010 report Supermarket-led Development: Asset or Liability? In 2011 Jonathan transferred to the Design Council where he acted as lead advisor for the Thames Tideway Tunnel Design Review Panel.
Jonathan joined Peter Stewart Consultancy in 2014. Since then, he has been principally responsible for the writing of townscape assessments, heritage assessments and design reports for a wide range of development proposals. In particular, he has extensive experience of producing reports for major developments requiring an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), a number of which have proposed tall buildings. Jonathan’s reports helped to secure planning consent for the following schemes in 2020/2021:
- Edge London Bridge, SE1 (Architect: Pilbrow and Partners)
- Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, 330 Gray’s Inn Road, WC1 (Architect: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects)
- Lansdowne House, 57 Berkeley Square, W1 (Architect: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects)
- Former Poplar Tram Depot, Leven Road, E14 (Architect: CZWG Architects)
- Prospects House, 19 Elmfield Road, Bromley BR1 (Architect: Goldstein Heather Architecture)
- St Pancras Commercial Centre, 63 Pratt Street, NW1 (Architect: Caruso St John Architects)