Louise Brooke-Smith FRICS

Louise Brooke-Smith FRICS

Former President (2014/15)


Louise Brooke-Smith is Managing Director of Brooke Smith Planning, a long-established planning and development consultancy based in Birmingham, West Midlands, UK. With affiliated offices in London and Leeds, the Practice offers professional advice on town planning, land use and development matters to public and private sector clients, across the country.

As an urban land economist and town planner, Louise has significant experience in land use planning policy and the development industry in the UK and overseas. She is well versed in both the legal and commercial aspects of planning and development systems and is an experienced expert witness at public inquiries and examinations in public. She has expertise in infrastructure projects, heritage, biodiversity and renewable energy issues and regularly advises on enforcement matters.

Louise established her Practice 20 years ago, after working for Birmingham and Coventry city councils, Bryant Homes and Debenham Tewson Cheshire (now DTZ). She has also worked for the UN and other NGOs on development, construction and land use projects across Africa and India. Louise has been a visiting lecturer at Birmingham City University Schools of Planning, Architecture and Estate Management and is currently a visiting fellow at Sheffield Hallam University. She is regularly invited to speak at conferences and seminars across the UK and Europe on planning matters and in 2013, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Wolverhampton for services to land use planning, surveying and construction. 

At RICS, after some years with the Junior Organisation (Matrics) at both a local and national level, Louise was a member of the West Midlands Regional Board between 1992 and 2013 (elected as Branch Chair for the 1999/2000 session). She has sat on a wide range of policy and practice panels, and represented RICS on the National Planning Forum between 1989 and 2002 where she held the position of Vice Chair. Louise is appointed to the DCLG Independent Examiner's Panel for Neighbourhood Plans and is also a commissioner for the RICS Disaster Management Commission. She regularly represents the RICS at UN Habitat, UNOCHA and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

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