Illustrations of fields of work

Social Planning

- Social infrastructure planning
- Social impact assessment
- Housing Policy
- Healthy communities
- Recreation planning

Urban and Regional Planning

- Statutory planning advice
- Expert evidence in Environment Resources and Development Court
- Strategic planning
- Growth area planning
- Sustainable land division
- Centres planning
- Transit Oriented Developments (TODs)

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED)

- Training
- Policy
- Site assessments
- Urban form and safety

Sustainable Urban Design

- Training
- Management of teams
- Master plans
- Urban design guidelines

Environment and Planning

- Natural resources management (NRM) and land use
- Ecologically sustainable planning and design
- Social aspects of NRM


- Urban Design
- Housing Needs Assessment
- Social Impact Assessment

About Wendy Bell

Wendy Bell has over 30 years of planning, urban design and training experience, specialising in the social and environmental aspects of these fields. She commenced her career with qualifications in Architecture and worked for many years as an Architect in NSW and the UK.

She has a unique range of skills working in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. 

Wendy also works in collaboration with allied professionals providing specialist advice to all levels of government and the private and community sectors.

As a Town Planner and Trainer with a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) from the University of NSW, Wendy has up to date knowledge of international, national, state, regional and local policies in sustainable aspects of:

  • Social Planning and Social Impact Assessment
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Sustainable Urban Design
  • Crime Prevention
  • Housing Policy
  • Planning Appeals
  • Natural Resources Management/Environment and Planning
  • Training

Wendy has worked in most aspects of these fields and offers research, strategy and policy development, guidelines, and specialist advice in these categories of urban planning and design.


Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) University of NSW

Post Graduate Diploma of Town and Country Planning Herriott Watt University, Edinburgh

TAFE Certificate in training small groups

Certified Practising Planner

Life Fellow:

  • Planning Institute of Australia (LFPIA)


  • Royal Australian Institute of Architects (FRAIA)


  • Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI)
  • International CPTED Association
  • Australian Institute of Urban Studies




  • Royal Australian Planning Institute, (South Australian Division) ‑ 1990 to 1992


  • Social Planning Chapter of PIA (Inaugural)
  • Course Advisory Committee Faculty of Planning University of SA – 2003-2006
  • Ministerial Housing Industry Advisory Council (SA) – 1992-1993


  • SA Natural Resources Management Council 2007 – present
  • Summerhill Aged Care Facility Board 2008 – present
  • Marion City Council Development Assessment Panel 2003 – 2006
  • RAIA representative Urban Design Major Project’s Panel SA 2003- 2006
  • Urban Design Panel of the Gold Coast City Council 1994 – 1995
  • Chair of the SA State Government Housing Industry Advisory Council 1992-94
  • South Australian Planning Strategy, member of Reference Group (1991-1992)
  • SA Divisional Committee of Royal Australian Planning Institute – 1988 to 1993
  • SA Drug and Alcohol Services Council, 1989-1990.

SA representative:

  • PIA National Council 2002-2004


  • National Capital Authority to facilitate a Conference in India as part of the New Horizons Program of AUSTRADE – 1997

Award Judge:

  • PIA Urban Design 2008
  • PIA Social and Community Planning 2007
  • Adelaide Prize 2008

Award Convenor:

  • PIA Urban Design 2009


Wendy Bell Career Summary

1986 – present
Bell Planning Associates Principal

1999 – 2000
Adelaide City Council, Manager Urban Design and Manager City Development

1997 – 99
City of Charles Sturt Manager City Development

1984 – 86
Bone and Tonkin Planners (now Masterplan) Senior Planner

1982 – 2003
Universities of Adelaide and SA part-time tutor and lecturer in Urban Design and Urban and Regional Planning

1980 – 82

Victorian Department of Community Welfare Regional Social Planner

1977 – 80
Albury – Wodonga Regional Council for Social Development, Director

1970 – 76
Livingstone New Town Development Corporation Scotland, Senior Town Planner/Manager Landscape Architecture

1968 – 70
Arup Associates London, Senior Architect

1966 – 68  Architect
Peddle Thorp and Walker Architects Sydney, Architect