The UDLA Team

Neil Sainsbury is the Head of UDLA. He and his team may be able to provide you with help for any existing or future projects. Alternatively, to discuss Landscape specific matters, please contact Sue Brown directly.

Urban Designers:

Neil Sainsbury: Ba MCRP DipUD MA UD

Neil is a qualified town planner and urban designer and has been Head of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture at Milton Keynes Council for the past 13 years. Over the past year he has also taken on responsibility for the council’s Conservation and Archaeology team. With the extensive growth and regeneration planned for Milton Keynes, Neil has a key role in ensuring high quality placemaking occurs that involves balancing retaining those aspects of the city that provide the unique identity to Milton Keynes while also dealing with some of current challenges that its urban form and design presents. Neil and his team have prepared a variety of urban design guidance documents as well as input and comment on major planning applications to assist.

Mathew Clarke: BA (Hons) DipTP DipUD MRTPI

Matthew has over 15 years’ experience as an Urban Designer and Planner. Matthew graduated from Nottingham University in 1999 after completing a degree in Urban Planning and Management and completed a graduate diploma with distinction in Urban Design from Oxford Brooks University in 2006.  Matthew joined the council in 2004, where he has developed from an Assistant, to a Senior Urban Design Officer. Over this time Matthew has developed his ability to lead on key projects managing conflicting demands and time pressures. His key role is to comment on residential and commercial planning applications.

Matthew produces well-structured reports having the ability to research & understand a site and produce an appropriate design response. He has a wide range of experience in producing masterplans, and design guidance, including development frameworks & design briefs. He works both within the council and for external organisations.

David Blandamer: BSc, Dip T&RP, MA UD, MRTPI

David is a chartered town planner with over 30 years’ local authority planning experience. Before joining Milton Keynes Council as an Urban Designer in 2007, David worked as a Policy Planner for several local authorities in Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire.

David graduated with an MA in Urban Design from Oxford Brookes University in 2004. In his role as an urban designer David has gained experience of negotiating design improvements on residential and commercial schemes, writing development briefs and design guidance, and preparing site feasibility layouts.

Grant Gibson:  MA DM, PgDip UD

Grant has 24 years’ experience providing design management expertise across a broad spectrum. Before joining Milton Keynes Council, Grant worked as a consultant within design creative industries. The last 14 years have seen him specialising in sustainable environments, urban design, community led development, and place identity at Milton Keynes Council. Through this work Grant has developed an in-depth understanding of human-centred design, planning policies, high liveability and sustainability standards and development legislation, while keeping abreast of established and emerging global practices and principles in the delivery of well-designed and functional places. Grant possesses a keen eye for identifying issues and opportunities at all stages of project development, from concept through to completion. Mediating on environmental decisions and negotiating outcomes across stakeholder groups to enable high quality and well-designed solutions is key to his current role.

Landscape Architects:

Sue Brown: Bsc(Hons) DipLA CMLI

Sue is a Chartered Landscape Architect who joined MKC in 2009 following 12 years working in private practice. She is now Principal Landscape Architect and enjoys working with a wide range of clients across all sectors. Sue has a wealth of experience, particularly related to housing, leisure and community facilities and is motivated to deliver lasting landscapes from practical, imaginative design solutions, to brief, budget and time frame.

Sue is a team player with a proven record of producing high quality landscapes, the most recent example being Stanton Low Country Park. 

Edel Langan:  Dip ERM BA(Hons) LA DipLA CMLI

Edel is a Chartered Landscape Architect and has been with Milton Keynes Council’s Urban Design & Landscape Architecture team for the past 13 years, prior to which she worked exclusively within the private sector.  She has held the position of Senior Landscape Architect for the past 3 years.

Edel plays a key role in the design and delivery of a wide range of developments relating to housing and regeneration, commercial and education schemes. With a particular interest in design, Edel has designed and delivered several award-winning projects over the years, the latest being Waterhall Primary School. She is skilled at encouraging contributions from all parties to unlock complex briefs and sites. Edel has a reputation for being direct, approachable and fun to work with.

Elizabeth Woodhouse:BSc(Hons) DipLA CMLI

Elizabeth is a Chartered Landscape Architect having qualified as a Member of the Landscape Institute in 1999. Elizabeth studied at the University of Sheffield and completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Landscape Design & Plant Science, and a Diploma in Landscape Architecture. She has over 20 years of experience working as a Landscape Architect for a number of Local Authorities in England and Scotland, initially starting in public realm landscape design and management, and then moving into Development Management consultation. Elizabeth is Senior Landscape Architect (Development Management) and works closely with the Development Management team providing advice and expertise on all landscape related planning matters. Elizabeth is particularly skilled at working alongside related disciplines to ensure conflicts are avoided, striking a balance between conservation, preservation and the potential for environmental and ecological improvements which can be delivered through new development.

Godwin Ameyaw:  Ba(Hons)

Godwin joined the team in 2017 as a Graduate student having completed his Landscape Architecture degree from Manchester Metropolitan University. Godwin works with both the Urban Designers and Landscape Architects assisting on a wide range of projects, gaining the experience required to return to university to complete the Landscape Architecture Diploma Course.  

Last Updated: 19 September 2018