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Victor Nicholls

Lecturer in Development and Planning

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


EM 166, Whiteknights Campus

Victor lectures in development, planning and regeneration, bringing over 35 years of professional experience to the department. His research interests focus on the renewal of New Towns and rapidly developed cities in the UK and abroad, planning for growth, municipal entrepreneurialism, town centres and retail regeneration. His specialisms include local authority development and partnerships, delivery in practice, and strategic/regional planning.

Now working as a consultant in regeneration and development, Victor was Assistant/Deputy Chief Executive at Bracknell Forest and Basingstoke and Deane councils. 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 scheme.

A chartered town planner and experienced local government senior manager, Victor has led a range of services including planning, transport, economic development, corporate property, community safety, local strategic partnerships, transformation, performance management and corporate policy. 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
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Association of Local Authority Chief Executives
  • Academician: Academy of Urbanism

Projects in Development & Planning

A multi project-based module that introduces new skills whilst drawing together existing knowledge in 'Real world' development and planning scenarios. ...

Module code: RE3PDP

Most recent news & media

Three REP teams win funding bids from Research England

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19 February 2021

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).

Bates, L. Parker, G. Wargent, M. Linovski, O. Shoneboom, A, Gunn, S. Slade, D., Odeleye, D., Maidment, C., Shepherd, E., Doak, J., Elliot, T., Nicholls, V., Street, E., Dobson, M., Platts, S., Tasan-Kok, T. (2020): The Future of the Planning Profession, Planning Theory & Practice, DOI: 10.1080/14649357.2020.1776014

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