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Developing sustainable settlements in Sierra Leone NW

Planning for rapid urbanisation - training planners and developing sustainable settlements in Sierra Leone

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 at 5:30PM - 7:45PM
Turley, 1 New York St, Manchester M1 4HD, UK
RTPI North West

Turley have been engaged with charity partner Mission Direct in Sierra Leone for the last 5 years, carrying out small development projects to assist poor communities and engaging with the development planners in Freetown.  In March and December 2016 Bob May led workshops for the nations planners on Spatial Planning and Preparing Development Frameworks.   The latter was undertaken in conjunction with the Princes Foundation as a trial in the development of their planning toolkit that aims to enhance skill levels for planning for rapid urbanisation in the Commonwealth.  Alongside training Bob has been working as master planner for a Sierra Leonean charity, Home Leone, who are building a garden village of low-cost housing and employment opportunities for families currently living in the worst slums in the city.  This village, the only such initiative in the country, is capturing the imagination of civic leaders at local government and national level as an exemplar project for delivering socially responsible sustainable development. This member’s event is an opportunity to find out more about the New Urban Agenda and the opportunities planners in the UK have to get involved in supporting fellow planners overseas though practical action.