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Sustainable Communities & Social Inclusion Seminar

Wednesday, 05 December 2018 at 10:00AM - 4:30PM
Jurys Inn, Cheltenham
RTPI South West

How can we plan for new communities? This conference will focus on the integration of new residents into existing communities as well as exploring the relationship between the Gypsy and Traveller community and the settled community.

Topics and Speakers include:

Urban extensions and community integration
Swindon has a long history of urban extensions. Nicola will focus on the delivery of sustainable urban extensions with particular reference to how to achieve a realistic mix of uses, creating a community from scratch and providing facilities that reach beyond the boundaries of that urban extension. Nicola will draw on the West Swindon development, North Swindon development and the current development at Tadpole Garden Village.
Nicola Smith, Senior Planner at, Swindon Borough Council

Masterplanning a new village for all (Case Study)
Tresham Garden Village is one of the Government’s 14 garden villages, and is located in East Northamptonshire within the Deene Estate.  The village is on an old airfield and will be around 1500 homes when complete.  Significantly it is allocated as an opportunity site in the Joint Core Strategy and is not included in the authority’s housing numbers, and will only get consent if it considered exemplary and meeting a number of challenging policy requirements set in the plan.  We are in the final stages of developing the landscape led masterplan and delivery strategy with a planning application anticipated later this year.

Amy will discuss:

  • Children and young people
  • Design for later life
  • Designing in social space
  • Encouraging enterprise/home working through the masterplan
  • Encouraging self and custom build

Amy Burbidge, Design Action Manager at North Northamptonshire
Joint Planning & Delivery Unit

Gypsies and Travellers – an insight into our history and culture
Most people know very little about Gypsies and Travellers and may be unaware that between 150,000 and 300,000 Gypsies and Travellers reside in Britain. Gypsies and Travellers are not a homogenous group; they are a range of groups with different histories, cultures and beliefs. The presentation will focus on the history and culture of Romani Gypsies.
Lizzie Isaacs

Negotiating solutions – An alternative to enforcement for Traveller sites
LeedsGATE have spent the last 10 years working and refining a Negotiated Stopping Campaign in Leeds area which has saved the local authority ¼ million pounds year on year and have greatly reduced community tensions and developed trust and respect within the community.  Helen will speaking about the need for Negotiated Stopping policy its proven ability to reduce costs and improve lives
Helen Jones,  Chief Executive Officer of Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange

Planning with the Travelling Community – A case for engagement
Statistics show that Gypsies and Travellers have the poorest life chances of any ethnic group today and experience particularly poor outcomes in terms of life expectancy, health, education and employment. Many of the challenges the Travelling communities face are exacerbated by a lack of suitable accommodation and experiencing discrimination in every aspect of their lives.

The presentation will explore the roles and experiences of Gypsy and Traveller Forums, and how these have been successful in engaging more effectively with the Travelling communities in Teignbridge and Mid Devon. This will include how Forums can be established, the arrangements for their governance, how they can achieve effective representation by different Travelling groups, support opportunities for networking and help improve service delivery by Local Authorities and other agencies.

Tristan Peat/Hannah Cameron – Mid Devon DC
Celia Hadow at Teignbridge DC

The Revised NPPF and equality in the planning process
Hugh Ellis, Head of Policy at TCPA

Social sustainability: the value of communities in planning
The emphasis on community engagement, active participation and governance has recently dominated the academic world as evidence suggests strong links between community action and social resilience, health and wellbeing. However, achieving positive results within limited timeframes and reduced budgets has been difficult in practice.

Dr Laura Alvarez will explore:

  • The critical path of efficient, effective and positive community engagement
  • What are the most common downfalls along the process?
  • How can we make quick, significant, long-term gains?
  • Can we measure success?

Dr. Laura B. Alvarez , Urban Design Group East Midlands Convenor


CMYK DLP Planning Ltd


How to book
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