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:

  • Welborne Garden City Passivhaus Study

    Three Dragons,  in partnership with The Design Buro, has completed a research study on behalf of Fareham Borough Council into Passivhaus developments.  The research explored the implications of the council’s policy that 10% of all new homes at Welborne Garden village must be built to......

  • Waverley CIL Report Published

    Following a public examination in the summer Waverley Borough Council has received a recommendation that that Charging Schedule should be approved. The Examiner stated that the evidence produced by Three Dragons was appropriate and demonstrated that overall development would not be placed at risk. He......