Under Pressure: Working with the form and setting of smaller settlements

4 July 2018
Kellogg College, Oxford

With small towns, villages and hamlets seeing greater developer interest, what criteria are being used to identify new sites for housing or other land uses beyond major cities?  What can a settlement’s history tell us about its ideal future? What weight should be given to other place-related factors in decision-making?

Spatial planning is intended to determine what and how much development should be located where; yet a key part of the UK planning system encourages land owners and developers to propose specific sites for new development. Given the pressure on local authority resources, time constraints on determining planning applications, and the need for more housing development, place-making is not always at the top of the list of factors considered.

This seminar-workshop will examine:

  • The significance of smaller settlements’ historical form, function and setting
  • Whether the HELAA process makes ‘place’ planning more of a challenge
  • Alternative ways of planning for change that relate to a place’s identity
  • The type of criteria to consider and their relevance
  • A live case study to debate and test factors that matter, and
  • Case studies of how plan-making and neighbourhood planning can draw upon alternative evidence to influence outcomes.

With expert speakers and a hands-on workshop, this seminar will enable delegates to consider whether there are key factors that should be used to plan the future of smaller historic settlements differently.

The seminar will be of interest to local authority officers and councillors, civic societies, amenity and local community groups, and development planning and design consultants with an interest in urban design and planning.

Seminar speakers include:

  • Professor Malcolm Airs, Kellogg College
  • Dr Geoffrey Tyack, Oxford University
  • Louise Thomas, HTVF

This seminar counts as 6 CPD hours.

Book your place at: https://smallersettlementsseminar.eventbrite.co.uk