Tessa Lynn

PHD Student

Tessa Lynn

Tessa Lynn

Academic Area(s): Real Estate & Planning
Supervisor(s): Professor Gavin Parker, Dr Steve Musson
Research Topic(s): The Social Relations of Property

Areas of academic interest

Real Estate and Planning; Geography


Tessa’s primary interests concern how ownership structures and governance arrangements (i.e. social institutions) have significant affects on the form, cost and nature of service provision and the benefits derived from [owning] property, as well as the experience of place and social relations within neighbourhoods and between ‘owners’ and ‘users’. Such common interest and interest in common sit uncomfortably with legal distributions of property rights (Krier, 2008).

The current UK Government, in power since 2010, has claimed to be pursuing a policy of localist empowerment by introducing a series of new ‘Community Rights’ effected through the Localism Act (2011). Tessa’s research examines one of the new rights’; the Community Right to Bid (CRtB), exploring the nexus between legal and social relations of property rights, community action and values and the ramifications of this localist policy tool. The CRtB mechanism encourages communities to bid to register an Asset of Community Value (AoCV), which allows them to bid to buy the AoCV on the open market when it becomes available.


Tessa holds a BSc in Land Management (2006-2009) and an MSc Urban Planning and Development (2009-2010) both from the University of Reading.

Research Grants

ESRC studentship


Winner of RICS South East Student Awards (2011) Selected due to outstanding work on the BSc Hons Land Management with Diploma/MSc in Urban Planning Development Course.

The Mary Dent Prize (2010) Awarded by the planning surveyors club for the best performance on the Diploma part of the Urban Planning and Development course.

The Royal Town Planning Institute Prize (2010) For the best overall performance on a RTPI accredited programme

Most enterprising student award (2009) For the most enterprising student of the BSc in Land Management or BSc in Investment & Finance in Property.


Parker, G., Lynn, T. and Wargent, M (in press) Sticking to the Script? The Co-production of Neighbourhood Planning in England. Town Planning Review

Parker, G., Lynn, T., Wargent, M. and Locality (2014) User experience of neighbourhood planning. Published report, October 2014. Locality, London. 

Parker, G. and Lynn, T. (2012) Localism and growth? Town and Country Planning Association; 81, 1: 15-19

Parker, G., Lynn, T,. Kersley, A. and Ward, S. (2010) The nexus of community-led planning and rural affordable housing: towards an enhanced process. Report for the HCA, Exeter / Defra London.