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  • Start Date - 25 November 2011
  • Full Price - £100 (per place)
  • Concession Price - £50 (Community Group Members)
  • Duration - One day conference

The conference aims to give attendees a full understanding of the Government’s approach to neighbourhood planning and how it relates to other Government proposals within the Localism Bill, including the concepts behind the new approach. The proposals will also be contrasted with previous examples of neighbourhood planning. The conference includes an examination of the context and progress of the three neighbourhood planning pilots in London and will examine both the opportunities and the risks arising from the new framework. The conference includes a discussion of the relationship between neighbourhood approaches and strategic planning with a number of leading planning practitioners.

Who is it for?

This conference will be ideal for Local authority planning staff, planning consultancies, neighbourhood groups, and housing and regeneration agencies.



9.30 am Welcome and Introduction by Duncan Bowie (University of Westminster)

9. 35 am Session 1. The Localism Bill. Its provisions on governance, planning, housing.  (Hugh Ellis, Chief Planner  Town and Country Planning Association)

10.30 am Session 2. The concepts behind the proposals. The ideology and the challenge for planning (Duncan Bowie)

11.30 Coffee break

11.45 Session 3 Neighbourhood planning. How the proposals in the Localism Bill could work. Opportunities and risks (Duncan Bowie)

12.15 Session 4  Past experience of  community based planning in London (Terry Wilden, University of Westminster, and Robin Crompton, University of Westminster/Planning Aid London)

1.00 Lunch


1.45 pm Session 5  The new neighbourhood pilots. The Government’s ambitions
( Nigel Kersey DCLG)

2.30 pm Session 6
The London pilots;
a) Bermondsey. Simon Bevan L B Southwark; John Corey Bermondsey neighbourhood forum
b) Bankside. Peter Williams, Better Bankside; Andrew Richardson, Bankside Residents forum
b) Hackbridge. Philip James (formerly L B Sutton)

3.30 pm coffee break

3.45 pm Session 7 Concluding discussion: The neighbourhood and the strategic.

Michael Bach London Forum of Civic and Amenity societies
Richard Lee  Just Space  
Duncan Bowie (chair)

4.30 Close