Directors Portfolio – Planning & Conservation
Director & Conservation Planner
Sue Smith Dip T.P. MRTPI Grad Dipl. Cons. (AA) IHBC
Sue has over 40 years experience in Planning and Conservation work at both strategic and local levels. She has worked with members of the public, specialists and owners of listed buildings and other historic properties all her working life. Considered an authority on local heritage she has produced expert local history papers and given talks, including for London Open House and the Essex Historic Buildings Group.
Sue has been a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute for over 30 years; she also holds a Diploma in Building Conservation from the Architectural Association in London; as an early member of the Association of Conservation Officers she also became a full member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation following its formation. For many years Sue was elected a member of the Executive Committee of the Standing Conference on London Archaeology representing local government Building Conservation.
She has a wealth of expertise working closely with English Heritage and its predecessor Authorities, and drawing on other specialist Bodies including the National Amenity Societies, the Museum of London, grant making Bodies including Heritage Lottery, Essex Wildlife Trust and others as well as liaising with the other technical building professions. For over 30 years she was responsible for 140 listed buildings, some 300 locally listed and curtilage listed buildings as well as 11 conservation areas all within some 20 square miles of historic landscapes and archaeology. Operating at a strategic level Sue drafted the definitive Heritage Strategy for Havering along with writing and directing other local heritage and conservation strategies and was instrumental in achieving a Green Apple Sustainability Award.
Her motivation has always been to achieve the benefits of the continued sustainability of the historic environment by working closely with owners and all relevant parties exploring opportunities and achieving all-round success. Sue continues to use her knowledge and expertise to inform local and specialist residential projects for clients within the ethos of Settle & Green as a specialist, cross-disciplinary design-led Architectural Practice.