Steven is a Director, and current Chairman of the Academy of urbanism. He is a chartered town planner, and established Steven Bee Urban Counsel in 2010, providing advice, guidance and expert support to those engaged in development. He was born and educated in Nottingham before graduating from the then Lanchester Polytechnic (Coventry) in 1977 with a degree in Urban and Regional Planning.
He has over 30 years’ experience of planning and development at local and national level, in the public and private sectors. He was an Executive Board member of English Heritage for eight years, responsible for the body’ s engagement with planning and development across England, and before that Director of Planning and Development Services at Winchester City Council for five.
He was a Director of Llewelyn-Davies with whose planning practice he worked for 11 years, after nine years with the London Borough of Lewisham. His professional expertise covers community planning, urban renewal, tourism development, public transport planning, environmental assessment, masterplanning, development frameworks and planning briefs, town centre development, research and policy formulation.
His current involvement is focused on guiding development of, and in the setting of, historic places. He is a Director of the Historic Towns Forum and a member of the Urban Design Group. He is also a member of New London Architecture’s Sounding Board, and a member of design review panels for Design: South East and the London Legacy Development Corporation.