Nigel Burls & Associates is a professional town planning consultancy providing an extensive range of services to both private and public sector clients. We provide comprehensive, robust solutions grounded in a thorough understanding of the planning legislation and authorisation processes, underpinned by sound planning principles and backed by over 40 years of collective experience in the built environment industry. We are driven to secure added value for our clients in a manner that is efficient and professional.

In an increasingly uncertain world, where the only thing that's constant is change, we understand that right timing and risk management are critical to the success of real estate projects. A smart and swift solution to a planning challenge is possible only with a comprehensive understanding of the players, the lay of the land and the rules of the game. We have made it our business to understand all three.



With a background in Economics, Nigel graduated with a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of Cape Town in 1984.

Nigel's extensive experience includes township establishment, framework planning, policy development and numerous land rights acquisition projects for a long list of private and public sector clients, including AECI, Newlands Rugby & Cricket, the V&A Waterfront, Sanlam, the City of Cape Town and the Department of Public Works.

Nigel was at the helm of one of the largest multi-disciplinary practices in Cape Town for twenty years before breaking away to establish Nigel Burls & Associates. He currently sits on the Municipal Planning Tribunal and on several design review committees.

Nigel is a registered professional planner with the South African Council for Planners and a member of various professional bodies.

Curriculum Vitae


Mida graduated with a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of Cape Town in 2006 and began her planning career under Nigel's mentorship, gaining considerable experience in land use applications of varying scales and complexities.

Following a brief interlude working in the wine industry, she was drawn back to planning and spent the next four years as Senior Spatial Planner with the City of Cape Town, where she obtained first-hand experience of City processes and procedures, nurturing relationships with the people who make them happen.

In 2016, Mida joined Nigel in establishing Nigel Burls & Associates. Along the way, she obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Property Studies from the University of Cape Town. She has a particular interest in urban land markets and property development and investment.

Mida is a registered professional planner with the South African Council for Planners.

Curriculum Vitae

When one admits that nothing is certain one must, I think, also add that some things are more nearly certain than others.

Bertrand Russell


Planning and property due diligence
Conceptualisation of development opportunities
Rezoning, consent and departure applications
Subdivision applications
Removal of restrictive title deed conditions
Layout design
Framework & master planning
Policy development
Development facilitation
Project management
Assistance with heritage-related planning matters
Representation to protect client interests in development applications
Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.

Eleanor Rooseveld


Nigel Burls & Associates

Suite 802, The Point, 76 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8005

Nigel Burls

+27 82 658 2629

Mida Kirova

+27 82 441 3340

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