Victor Nicholls

Visiting Fellow

Victor Nicholls

Victor Nicholls

Real Estate & Planning
v.nicholls@reading.ac.uk

Biography

Profile

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

He was previously Assistant Chief Executive at Bracknell Forest Council, one of the six unitary authorities in Berkshire, providing the complete range of local government services. He led the council’s team on the project 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 exemplar development.

Victor has 35 years’ experience in varied roles in London, Berkshire and Hampshire. He has 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, his background includes promoting major new growth areas as well as strategic and regional policy.

Qualifications

  • 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

Specialisms

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, 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).