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:

  • Forthcoming Custom and Self-build Seminars

    Book here for our half day seminar dedicated to planning for Custom & Self-build housing on Friday March 29th  in Milton Keynes. This CPD event has been organised by Three Dragons in conjunction with the RTPI and includes a briefing from Mario Wolf of the......

  • Three Dragons assist with examining impact of nuclear power plant

    Three Dragons was part of a team led by WSP who helped the Welsh Government prepare for the Examination of the Wylfa Nuclear Power Plant.  Three Dragons led on housing related issues, working closely with the WG Housing team in liaison with the relevant local......