Industry leader receives fellowship for planning great places

Peter Bell, Place Design Group Planning Principal, has been given the highest honour in the planning industry – a fellowship with the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). Peter was honoured at a gala dinner on Friday night for his commitment and contribution to the industry.

“Receiving the fellowship is a wonderful acknowledgement. It is an honour to be recognised by my peers and has come about due to the great faith that my clients have placed in me and some of the wonderful sites I have been fortunate enough to work on throughout my career.” says Peter.

A renowned industry leader and advocate for the profession of planning, Peter is a long-standing member of PIA and an active constituent of the Gold Coast branch. His expertise spans over 45 years, with Local Authority and private consultancy experience, establishing a partnership in 1987, prior to merging with Place Design Group in 2010. Reflective of this, Peter has a strong, established reputation in the Queensland and New South Wales planning spheres with involvement in a wide range of town planning projects across both states.

Place Design Group CEO, Beth Toon, says Peter has been instrumental in the planning process for many major city-shaping projects across the Gold Coast. “He has been a mainstay of the industry on the Gold Coast, leading the master planning for both Helensvale Town Centre and Coomera Town Centre, as well as a number of major residential communities and high-rise developments. His deep knowledge and understanding of planning, and genuine openness to share his expertise with the next generation is highly respected across the industry and eminently worthy of recognition by the Institute.”

A role model for other planners, Peter is known widely for his approachability and generous spirit. He continues to contribute to the community, locally and beyond, being part of a network of professional and community leaders who strive to make the world a better place through the creation of great places.




Peter Bell

Planning Principal