Campaigns, community, built environment and transport

Steve Chambers Consulting

Steve Chambers

Steve provides consultancy services for organisations working in the built environment and transport sectors with a focus on non-profits. He helps organisations meaningfully engage with communities to make places better.

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BBC Radio London

BBC Radio London

June 2020

Steve reviewed the newspapers with Vanessa Feltz. He chose stories about marking Windrush Day with new sculptures, planning reforms, effects of lockdown and how the congestion charge helps us create a better future.

Transport for New Homes

June 2020

Steve co-authored 'Garden Villages and Garden Towns: Visions and Reality', a report highlighting the lack of sustainable transport funding for twenty new garden communities in England.

LSE London

June 2020

Pre-lockdown, Steve contributed to this roundtable on priorities for the London mayoral candidates. Despite the pandemic, issues such as transit fares remain relevant.


At heart, Steve is an urban planner, working to help people understand the planning system and make their voices heard.

Through this perspective he changes people and places as a lecturer, researcher and campaigner.

He is interested in governance and policy, from the strategic to the hyper-local, primarily focused on planning and transport.

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Neighbourhood action

Community rights to bid, build and prepare a neighbourhood plan.

Developing strategy

Strategic transport planning, with walking, bus and rail specialisations.


Compelling activity to make big and small changes happen.

Future transit

Emerging transit technology, such as MaaS and shared mobility.

Read the latest posts from the Steve Chambers Blog

Two scooters left against a wall

Government has botched the regulation of e-scooters

1 July 2020

New measures fail to solve their problems

People marching with placards

Towards a more inclusive environmental activism

23 June 2020

We can be better

New train waiting to enter service at a station

Rail franchising is over

3 June 2020

What will emerge in response to COVID-19 is still uncertain and up for grabs



Case study 1: New campaign creation

Steve developed a new campaign to build a movement around improvements to rail services in England. The campaign was created to achieve buy-in with high levels of social media interaction, including innovative use of polls.

Supporters were encouraged to inform every part of the campaign including the name and priorities. These strategies were used to connect with communities over a wide area with competing needs from the railway system.

  • Role: Transport, Strategy, Communications, Social media, Supporter engagagement
  • Client: A national campaiging charity
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Case study 2: Community network building

Steve supported the creation of a statutory neighbourhood planning forum for Soho, London. The area has a crowded stakeholder environment with competing interests, power, legitimacy, resource and trust levels. Steve brought these stakeholders to the table and helped them begin the process of creating a neighbourhood plan.

Crucial to the success of the project was a widening of engagement beyond the ‘usual suspects’ which was achieved through online and outdoor engagement. As the project formed part of the evidence base of the neighbourhood plan there was focus on recording and analysis.

  • Role: Urban planning, Community engagement, Network building, Analysis and reporting
  • Client: A small local charity
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