In September, Gloucestershire Young Planners together with Wiltshire Young Planners took to the waters at Cotswold water park. The event began with a walking tour and talk at Lake 16 with speakers from SF Planning who will discuss recent planning appeals on site within the Waterpark. Afterwards they then took part in some water based activities. Not everyone managed to stay dry, but all enjoyed the opportunity.
In July, we met in the City of Gloucester for a regeneration walking tour on what may have been the month's only day of sunshine. Expertly guided by Adam Sheppard from the University of Gloucestershire, the walking tour explored projects at various spatial scales, each with its own approach, budget and complexity but all playing an important part in shifting and shaping the perception of the City. Thanks to Adam for sharing his passion for the City and to Zesta Planning who sponsored the event and post-walk lunch. Attendees were really positive about the event and we are considering another similar event in 2024
In June, the 'Ecology and BNG in practice' breakfast seminar welcomed key speakers, Aidan March (CSA Environmental), Ed Gant (Lichen Studio's) and Rosalind Andrews (Harrison Clark Rickerbys) to share key insights on the forthcoming mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain. The Q&A session delivered healthy provocation and insight into some of the challenges of delivery, including how the development management process must reconcile the scale of nature recovery required with the fuzzy geography of administrative boundaries. The speakers highlighted the importance of early consideration of BNG matters in the development process to ensure the most appropriate strategy is secured. Thank you to Harrison Clark Rickerbys for sponsoring the breakfast and hosting the event in their Cheltenham Offices. Feedback has been really positive and we are consdiering a similar event in Jan/Feb 2024.
29 November - Planning Appeals Webinar
30 November - Christmas Social & Quiz, Cheltenham