Please see attached for what looks like a very interesting lecture at the University of Leicester by Professor Tom Inns, Director of Glasgow School of Art
The next free talk will be delivered by Loretta Lees on Tuesday 28th March 2017 and will focus on urban gentrification, a subject in which she is an international expert. Loretta is a Professor in Human Geography and Director of Research in Geography at the University of Leicester and was one of the founding members of Leicester Urban Observatory. The talk will draw on her recently published book ‘Planetary Gentrification’. A debate on the implications of Loretta’s talk to the city will follow. The event will start at 5:15pm and Bishop Street Methodist Church have kindly agreed to host the event. Booking is available online using the link below:
Event leaflet available below:
Leicester City Council has been successful in being nominated as a finalist in 3 categories of the 2017 RTPI National Planning Excellence awards.
The 3 projects show the diversity of exemplary planning work being undertaken in the city- from adopting a new ‘Local List’ of heritage assets which values and protects important local buildings and structures:(http://www.rtpi.org.uk/events/awards/awards-for-planning-excellence/shortlist-2017/excellence-in-planning-for-heritage/);
to an enforcement case which secured the removal of tonnes of waste from a residential property in the city which has transformed the lives of neighbours: (http://www.rtpi.org.uk/events/awards/awards-for-planning-excellence/shortlist-2017/excellence-in-planning-for-well-being/);
…and the construction of an innovative nature conservation, flood-defence and access scheme at Ellis Meadows which has transformed part of Leicester’s riverside (http://www.rtpi.org.uk/events/awards/awards-for-planning-excellence/shortlist-2017/excellence-in-planning-for-the-innovative-delivery-of-infrastructure/)
The awards will be made in June this year, but the benefits of the projects are real and valued locally whatever the outcome.
The current planning requirements of the Government require councils to maintain up to date evidence on the predicted housing and employment land demands which will need to be allocated in Local Plans. The partnership of local councils across Leicester and Leicestershire have just published the latest assessment for the next 20 years which can be found via the link below.
The findings set a challenge for plans to meet signicantly increasing needs. Around a third of the housing growth demand is generated in the City but the constraints of available sites and land here will mean that a strategic approach will need to be taken to meet the need.
The councils are committed to developing a Strategic Growth Plan to shape sustainable future development of the City and County.
Since the Government abolished Regional Spatial Strategies and sub-regional Structure Plans the Government expects Councils to reconcile critical and sensitive issues around location of development and infrastructure through the ‘Duty to Co-operate’.
Assuming the Government don’t change the system in the Housing and Planning Bill expected to be published in the next few weeks, this report will be one of the most important considerations locally for the development of the City and County for some time.
2017 RIBA Awards now open for entries