Founded by Lin Cousins and Kathleen Dunmore in 1996, Three Dragons brings together specialist skills in town planning, economics and policy development.Three Dragons has an established track record in research and policy-making across all aspects of new housing provision and its role in the planning and development process.

We work at the local, regional and national levels, for public, private and voluntary sector clients. We have particular expertise in the development of economic models and have developed a nationally used financial viability model (the Three Dragons toolkit) and a model for forecasting demand for specialist older persons housing (the Retirement Housing Group model).

Our main areas of interest are:


  • Working with the planning system to deliver affordable housing
  • Analysing the housing market and demographic change
  • Undertaking Affordable Housing and CIL Viability Assessments
  • Infrastructure planning and development delivery studies
  • Scheme delivery and negotiation
  • Rural housing issues
  • Older persons housing issues
  • Custom & self-build housing
  • Assessment of housing and land supply
  • Training and conferences on housing delivery and policy issues

Latest News:

  • Three Dragons welcomes Tom Marshall

    We are delighted to welcome Tom Marshall to our team of consultants. Tom is a chartered town planner, whose experience covers a variety of projects relating to the economics of land use planning. He has wide ranging experience of preparing viability appraisals and masterplans for......

  • Custom & Self-build Housing

    Three Dragons, working with the South West RTPI, jointly hosted a seminar on Custom & Self-build Housing for planning and housing professionals. The seminar focussed on how local authorities and their partners can develop appropriate policies and ensure serviced plots are provided for custom &......