Faraz Baber leaves London First for board role at Terence O’Rourke

Press release: 13.09.16

Faraz Baber, one of the Capital’s most influential planning policy experts, has left his role Executive Director for Policy at London First, to join specialist planning and design consultancy Terence O’Rourke, where he will be an equity director.


Baber has played a key role in shaping London’s planning and development policy for many years and at London First, where he spent five years, he led on all activity relating to lobbying around property, planning and development. He has also held the position of Policy Director at London Councils, along with policy and public affairs roles at the British Property Federation and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Baber currently also sits as a member of the RICS Planning Policy Panel and is a member of the Department of Communities and Local Government Planning Sounding Board, which provides industry advice to Government, and is a dual qualified chartered surveyor (FRICS) and chartered town planner (MRTPI).


Utilising his extensive knowledge of the planning system and understanding of the policy that will shape regeneration for years to come, Baber will have a strategic role at Terence O’Rourke, working with existing clients and exploring new opportunities across the UK.


Terence O’Rourke, which has offices in London and Bournemouth, has been established for over 30 years and is currently working on securing the delivery of over 40,000 homes across London, the South East, South West and East Anglia. As well as helping to deliver several estate regeneration schemes in London, the company has been responsible for overseeing a number of high profile projects, including the Cambridgeshire new settlement at Northstowe, securing planning permission for the Warner Bros. Leavesden Studios and Harry Potter Studio Tour, the McLaren Technology Group's Campus at Woking, the luxury treetop retreat at Chewton Glen Hotel, Mercedes-Benz World, Brooklands and the expansion of London Luton Airport.


Of his move, Baber says: “I have spent decades helping to shape planning policies and pave the way for easier routes to regeneration and development. Joining Terence O’Rourke provides me with an exciting opportunity to help our clients deliver projects that benefit from the policy I and my peers have helped change."


Terence O’Rourke is a friendly, personality filled, inter-disciplinary practice that works with some big corporate names and that is an ethos that appeals to me. The expertise housed within the business can be of real value to those looking at major regeneration projects and I hope to be able to help take Terence O’Rourke to the next level.”


Managing director, Tim Hancock, says: “We have known Faraz for many years through our partnership with London First and he is without a doubt one of the most influential and well connected planning policy makers out there. He has had a helping hand in shaping the development process and that level of knowledge will prove invaluable to our clients as they look to achieve consents on, often, highly complex projects.”