The 2016 conference from the Royal Town Planning Institute and Transport Planning Society will explore the government's agenda for delivering housing around transport hubs, and discuss how we plan sustainable transit-oriented developments.
Confirmed speakers include:
- David Crook, Assistant Director of Station Regeneration at the Cities and Local Growth Unit, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
- Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive of the Campaign for Better Transport
- Carol Stitchman, Technical Director, Rail Sector at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, and former Head of Design at Network Rail for the Birmingham Gateway Project
- Tim Pharoah, Transport and Urban Planning Consultant and member of the CIHT Urban Design Panel
- Scott Witchalls, Partner at Peter Brett Associates
- David Worsley, Associated Director (Development) at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
- Esther Croft, Director at LDA Design
- Trinley Walker, Policy and Research Adviser at Campaign to Protect Rural England
This event is kindly sponsored by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Development around transport hubs - what's the story?
As part of their commitment to increase housing supply, the government is seeking to promote high density housing and mixed used development around railways stations in England. They have called for 20 councils to set out ambitious proposals for taking forward development opportunities around stations, and offered assistance from Network Rail and the Homes and Communities Agency. Pilots have already been launched at York, Taunton, Swindon, and the government’s Cities and Local Growth Unit is exploring ways to further develop this agenda.
In December 2015 the government also consulted on possible changes to National Planning Policy. One proposal suggested placing an expectation on local planning authorities to “...require higher density development around commuter hubs wherever feasible”. With the aim of boosting new development and regeneration in ‘sustainable locations’, and reducing travel by private transport, this proposal raised several interesting questions. Can you define a ‘commuter hub’ in a way that works across different parts of the country? What is the most effective use of land in these locations? And how do planners help to create high quality places which support public and active transport?
Meanwhile, the 2016 Shaw Report called for new ways of paying for growth in passengers and freight on the railway, including through funding from local businesses and housing developers who benefit from additional capacity. They also recommended that routes are given freedom to build up plans based on their wider role in transport, economic and social objectives of an area.
And finally, the government has recently published their draft Walking and Cycling Investment Strategy and Childhood Obesity Plan for Action. How can development around transport hubs support their objectives, and the wider public health agenda?
Attend this event to learn about:
- How planners can work in partnership to deliver development around transport hubs
- Barriers to development around railway stations, and how these can be overcome
- Funding opportunities and support mechanisms
- The impact of proposed changes to national planning policy
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