Join Karen as she reveals highlights from a career spanning over twenty five years in Western Australia and the UK.
Karen Hyde – Associate
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Town and Country Planning (Major Economics), Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh 1983
- Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute
- Presiding Member Perth Metropolitan North West Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP)
- Past Secretariat Planning Officials Group of Australia
I started my professional career in 1983 in the UK in new town planning and development at Milton Keynes Development Corporation (MKDC). Milton Keynes was the largest new town in Europe in the 1980’s, some 9,000 ha, of which 2,000 ha were public parks, lakes and waterways with a planned population of 250,000 and employment target of 120,000 jobs. I was promoted to key roles in the organization and my experience in MKDC gave me a clear understanding of urban design and community development, timely infrastructure provision, environmental sensitivity and economic drivers. I was project manager for a number of large residential and mixed use District and Local structure plans (local structure plan approximately 50-100Ha) and facility strategies, including the use of urban lakes and waterways. Ultimately I was responsible for the preparation of the City’s seven year implementation strategy which was the blueprint for infrastructure, roads, schools, parks and community facility provision and the Government funding program. I had high level input into rolling land supply and implementation programs for Housing, Employment, Community and Retail Centres.
With an established reputation for project delivery, I joined the leading design, planning and property development company, in Europe, Conran Roche. The company was founded and chaired by design guru Sir Terence Conran and was created to provide a holistic approach to development including planning and economic development, project feasibility, urban design, architecture, joint venture capital investment and construction. At its height in late 1980s it employed over 100 designers and planners and was Europe’s largest planning practice with offices in London, Milton Keynes, Cardiff, Glasgow and Berlin.
During this time I worked for many of the UK’s Urban Development Corporations, providing planning and project management skills to regenerate Docklands (Butler’s Wharf, Greenland and South Docks) and Cardiff Bay (Pengam Green, Penarth Haven) which are now recognised and world class developments. I was responsible for establishing two regional offices and in addition managed multi disciplinary teams preparing master plans and development strategies for new Country Towns and town centre renewal projects. I was also one of the team involved in the major economic development strategy for Strathelyde and Central Scotland, which led the establishment of Scottish Enterprise.
My Career in Australia
My initial position upon arrival in Australia in 1993 was Principal Planning Officer for the City of Subiaco, My key responsibility was to assess development applications and to advise Council on planning issues such as the Urban Village redevelopment proposal (later Subi Centro).
Since then, I have provided advice on special projects to the Chief Executive of the Department for Planning and the Office of Minister for Planning & Heritage. I was appointed by the Subiaco Redevelopment Authority as Manager of Planning & Development in 1995 to oversee the delivery of the Redevelopment Scheme and associated Masterplan. This role included a major public consultation exercise, developing the concept of demonstration projects, overseeing heritage assessment, landscape strategy and public realm development as well as key input into the Subiaco Gardens first residential land auctions and the marketing of Station Square.
From 1998 I was employed by the Department for Planning and Infrastructure, EPCAD Pty Ltd and Syme Marmion and Co as a planning and economic development consultant providing high level advice on the best practice in respect to development and economic initiatives, planning policies and systems. I have provided strategic planning, statutory planning and development advice on significant projects throughout WA, including activity centres, activity corridors, industrial land supply, urban growth, community facility and infrastructure provision and a variety of strategic and local economic development and employment generation initiatives.
Whilst my focus has been largely in the Metropolitan Area, strategic centres and Transit Oriented Developments, my work has included investigations into the supply of industrial land in Perth, Peel and the South West Regions and recent involvement in preparing economic development strategies and business cases for the Boddington Super Town.
Karen’s Role at TBB
Since 2012, I have been employed as an Associate at Taylor Burrell Barnett. I enjoy the range of complex developments and projects, applying my international experience to consult on strategic planning and its relationship to economics and growth.
My role is diverse and I provide guidance on a range of metropolitan and regional projects. My goal is to provide a link between economic and community development and physical and statutory planning. With the growing confidence in the economy and the continuing need to provide homes, jobs and facilities for the expanding population, there is plenty to do.
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