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Putting the country back into planning: planning for change in rural areas

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 at 10:00AM - 4:30PM
The Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester GL7 6JS, UK
RTPI South West

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The context for planning in the rural South West is shifting. Agricultural support mechanisms are changing and the role of protected areas such as National Parks and AONB’s is under review.  This seminar will consider how planning needs to adapt to ensure a sustainable future for rural communities.  This seminar will explore how the planning of our rural areas needs to adapt in a world where the focus is increasingly upon the urban. 

Programme includes:

National Parks – looking forward to the next 70 years
Steve Avery here, Executive Director for Strategy and Planning at the New Forest National Park Authority

Planning in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) – putting the purpose of AONB designation at the heart of the plan making and decision taking process. 
John Mills MRTPI, Planning and Landscape Officer at Cotswolds Conservation Board

Is the planning system protecting Rural England? The view from CPRE
Matt Thomson, Head of Land Use & Planning at CPRE

Agriculture under pressure  – implications for future land use and planning
Paul Cottington, Environment Adviser at SW National Farmers Union

Delivering a productive rural economy – a challenge for the South West David Fursdon, Chairman of Beeswax Dyson Farming and Chair of the South West Rural Productivity Commission  

Hearing the ‘rural voice’ -  governance and decision making in a rural planning authority
Flo Churchill, Director for Economic Development & Planning at Wiltshire Council

Delivering Low Impact Living in Rural Areas
Ruth Munns, Planning Manager at ELC

Planning responses to innovative land-based enterprises: issues with farming and woodland management
Mark Walton, Director of Shared Assets

Meeting Rural Housing Needs: The contribution of Rural Exemption Sites
Martin Hutchings, Rural Housing Enabler at Gloucestershire Rural Community Council

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