TOWN is led by its directors, Jonny Anstead and Neil Murphy, who founded the business in 2014 having previously worked together in strategic land and sustainable development. They have a combined 20 years’ experience of bringing forward residential-led, mixed-use places, with a project track record of over £1 billion GDV.
The directors of TOWN have extensive experience of large-scale planning and development projects, gained in both advisory and developer capacity. Their previous development projects include Beeston Park, a new settlement of 3,500 homes and 1,000 jobs planned as an urban extension to Norwich. They have advised numerous private and public sector clients on projects which include the 2012 London Olympic legacy masterplan framework, major sustainable urban extensions to towns such as Basingstoke, Rugby and Harlow, and city strategy projects in London, Manchester, Dublin and Auckland.
Jonny began his career at Locum Consulting (later Colliers CRE), where he worked on regional tourism, regeneration and economic development strategies and city master planning projects. Joining Beyond Green in 2005, he was instrumental in the company’s transition from sustainability consultant to sustainable developer and led the land acquisition, funding and early stage planning phases for a number of major strategic land opportunities. Jonny holds a first-class degree from Cambridge University and is a professional member of the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community.
Neil started his career at HM Treasury, becoming a senior policy advisor and private secretary to a Cabinet minister. From 2005 to 2007 he was seconded as economic advisor to Newcastle City Council where he was instrumental in establishing a joint planning and economic governance arrangement for Newcastle and Gateshead. Joining Beyond Green in 2007, Neil worked on consulting projects before becoming planning director for the company’s development arm, securing a strategic allocation and planning resolution for Beeston Park. Neil holds an honours degree from the University of Oxford.