Victor Nicholls

Lecturer in Development and Planning

Victor Nicholls

Victor Nicholls

Real Estate & Planning



A regeneration and development consultant, Victor was Executive Director of Borough Development/Deputy Chief Executive at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. He led the work to deliver a major new Garden Town community, as well as significant leisure, town centre, retail and employment regeneration projects.

Previously Assistant Chief Executive at Bracknell Forest Council, one of the six unitary authorities in Berkshire, providing the complete range of local government services. Victor led the council’s team to deliver the regeneration of Bracknell town centre (The Lexicon), the first post-war New Town centre to be substantially redeveloped, one of the largest construction projects in the UK, and a multi award-winning development.

Victor has 35 years’ experience in varied roles in London, Berkshire and Hampshire. He led a range of services including planning, transport, economic development, corporate property, community safety, local strategic partnerships, transformation, performance management and corporate policy. An experienced local government senior manager and development professional, his background includes promoting major new growth areas as well as strategic and regional policy.


  • BSc (Hons) in Town Planning
  • Diploma in Town Planning
  • Diploma in Management Studies
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Corporate Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Member of the Association of Local Authority Chief Executives
  • Academician: Academy of Urbanism


Town centre and retail regeneration; New Towns and planning for growth; Local authority development; Development and delivery in practice; Strategic and regional planning

Research Grants

Research Partner, David Robins Fund, ‘Bracknell at 70: Lessons from a newly regenerated New Town’, March-August 2019.

Research Partner, Reading Real Estate Foundation Seed funding, ‘Town Centre Regeneration in Bracknell (Phase 2)’, July-August 2017.

Research partner, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (2016), ‘Town Centre Regeneration in Bracknell (Phase 1), July-August 2016 (funded a 6-week student researcher placement).

Key Publications

Nicholls V and Street E. (2019) The Lexicon. Making it Happen, Henley Business School, University of Reading