Profile - David Crosby

David has enjoyed living in Dore with his wife Gail since 1994 and has been an elected Trustee of Dore Village Society for fifteen years. He prepared the Dore Village Design Statement and provides advice to the Society and residents about planning applications and issues in the village, including appearing at public planning inquiries. David is currently coordinating the preparation of the Dore Neighbourhood Plan. He is a member of the Friends of Dore and Totley Station (FoDaTS) and recently represented DVS and FoDaTS at the public inquiry in an attempt to improve the design of the new station.

David is a qualified architect, town planner and lecturer. He worked in London as Project Architect on schemes for 2,500 homes, school and library projects and the restoration of the listed 17th century Forty Hall and stables in Enfield. In County Durham, he was a senior officer at the County Council and Sedgefield District Council, responsible for design advice on planning applications and housing development, local and mineral planning, conservation of historic buildings and areas, the designation of village greens, reclamation, town centre development, and industrial and recreation development including Shildon Railway Museum. He supervised the master plan for 1000 houses in Newton Aycliffe New Town, developed 1000 acres of industrial land in Sedgefield District, supervised the development of over 100 factory units and advised Swan Hunter on the design of a covered shipyard for the Royal Navy on the River Tyne. David became Chief Planning Officer at Sedgefield District Council.

As Senior Lecturer in Urban Design at Sheffield Hallam University David led the post-graduate planning and urban design courses and coordinated all postgraduate studies in the School of Development and Society for ten years. At the University, he provided consultancy planning services including the successful inscription of the World Heritage Sites of Derwent Valley Mills and Saltaire.

David served as a school governor for 35 years including 11 years at Meadowhead School where as Chairman of the Fabric Committee he oversaw the rebuilding of the £17million school for 1600 pupils under the government’s PFI scheme. David has always been concerned with young people’s needs and, as a volunteer, has been a Sunday school teacher, youth leader, administrator for a young offenders’ probation day centre in County Durham, special educational needs governor at Meadowhead School and organised the Children and Families Worker at Abbeydale and Millhouses Parish. He chaired the DVS Committee that introduced free membership of the Society for young people. David continues to support the provision of bursaries for students at University College, London where he first studied.

David is Assistant Treasurer on the parochial church council of the Parish of Abbeydale and Millhouses which includes the southern part of Dore Village. His other interests include singing in the church choir, watercolour painting and family history and he has researched an extensive family archive traced back to the 14th century.