Paul Beckett

Policy & Performance Director

City of London

Paul Beckett is a town planner based in London since the 1980s.

He has worked for the City Corporation for over 25 years and is Policy & Performance Director in the Built Environment Dept.  He directed the preparation of the City of London Local Plan 2015, setting out a strategy for growth to 2026, and is overseeing its review to include a stronger smarter city agenda. He has worked with officers at the GLA on strategic planning matters including the Central Activities Zone, office policy, tall buildings, view protection and Crossrail funding.


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