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Nathaniel Lichfield Lecture - Community led planning. Planning’s uneasy relationship

23 November 2022 at 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM / Online

23 November 2022 at 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
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This year's lecture title is - Community led planning: Planning’s uneasy relationship with Localism

This year’s lecture will be given by Professor Gavin Parker who holds the Chair of Planning Studies at the University of Reading, UK and he is currently Chair of the New Forest National Park Authority. A Chartered Town Planner, Gavin has been elected both Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute (FRTPI) and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS). This annual lecture is held in memory of Professor Nathaniel Lichfield. The lecture topic varies year on year, with an aim to reflect and celebrate different areas of planning.

The introduction of various forms of community-led planning indicate ongoing political enthusiasm for forms of localism across the UK. This trend may well become an established feature of the planning landscape as calculations about offering forms of ‘control’ consolidate and active neighbourhoods permeate the levelling up agenda in England. Yet the profession has a somewhat uneasy relationship with forms of community control – there are several explanations for this. The lecture will discuss how CLP and in particular neighbourhood planning in England has fared over the past ten years, drawing on data from several research projects. Professor Parker will examine the question of how and why planners need to take communities seriously and conclude with the argument that in a democracy it is both desirable and necessary to inform and involve people in planning practice.

Supported by:


Professor Gavin Parker FRTPI

Chair of Planning Studies, University of Reading

Susan Bridge

BSc (Hons) Dip.TP FRTPI