City Series: Register now for our next free event- From Planetary to Provincial Gentrification: Lessons for Leicester

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:   

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Leicester City Council shortlisted for 3 National Planning awards

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:(;

380 assets now benefit from inclusion on the ‘Local List’; and most are being awarded enhanced protection through the approval of ‘Article 4 Directions’ which provide extra planning control

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: (;

Before: council action cleared over 20 tonnes of material from the site
………and after

…and the construction of an innovative nature conservation,  flood-defence and  access scheme at Ellis Meadows which has transformed part of Leicester’s riverside (

Enhanced environment, biodiversity, flood protection and walking/cycling connectivity


The awards will be made in June this year, but the benefits of the projects are real and valued locally whatever the outcome.

New Housing and Employment challenge set for for City and County planners

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.

New edition of ‘The Quality of Leicester’ launched

In November, a new edition of The Quality of Leicester was launched. The book traces the city’s architectural heritage from its origins in the late Iron Age through to the modern day, capturing a fascinating history of social, cultural and economic change. It features hundreds of buildings, as well as streets and parks, highlighting their local importance and exploring the part they have played in shaping the unique character of Leicester. The new book has been written by Michael Taylor, a town planner and building conservation specialist, who wrote the original edition back in 1993. More details available here.

Planning Leicester Conference (July 2016)

Talks now available to view online. Following the successful conclusion of the conference on post-war urban planning and development in Leicester, which was held over two days in July 2016 at Cuty Hall and New Walk Museum, you can now view the talks for free online here. The footage was produced by Colin Hyde from the East Midlands Oral History Archive at the University of Leicester.