City Series: Register now for our next free event – Leicester’s Changing Landscape: the city and modern architecture since 1945

The latest lecture, on Saturday 1st July 2017 at 2:00pm, will be delivered by Dr Elain Harwood, a senior architectural investigator with Historic England, formerly part of English Heritage. Elain’s talk will focus on the post-war expansion of Leicester, which produced new churches and schools of great interest. It will take in other ambitious but unrealised schemes, including the proposals for a civic centre by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon. She will also look at the physical expansion of the University after gaining its independent charter in 1957, when a development plan was produced by Sir Leslie Martin followed by a series of buildings by Britain’s leading modern architects.


Sydney Cycling Expert to speak in Leicester

Is Sydney’s behaviour change program the world’s most comprehensive?

Hear from Fiona Campbell (Cycling Strategy Manager at City of Sydney)  at a talk to be given at City Hall next week.

Fiona is one of Australia’s most respected and committed bike planners and widely recognised as a passionate champion for cycling. Fiona joined the City of Sydney in 2008 and has been Manager Cycling Strategy since 2010. The City has spent $99 million on rolling out its Cycling Strategy since then, including protected cycleways, bicycle streets/boulevards and other infrastructure, as well as complementary social programs, resulting in a doubling of cycling trips over the last five years.

Leicester – Tuesday 6th June – City Hall – 5.15-6.30pm

RSVP – to join us

Graphic demonstration……….

Almost 170 people enjoyed the latest ‘City Series’ lecture on Thursday 25th May 2017, on the theme of graphic interventions and impacts upon cities

The thought provoking talks were delivered by Robert Harland, a lecturer in Visual Communications at Loughborough University and Brian Lisowy, Place Marketing Project Manager for Tourism, Culture and Investment at Leicester City Council, who gave a presentation on the new ‘Legible Leicester’ project currently being implemented in the City.





City in Graphic Detail


A lively Q&A demonstrated the interest generated by the talks.

Watch this space for future events……

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.