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Planning Network Master Class: Planning and housing strategies in the combined authorities -16th February, Leeds

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Thursday 16th February 2017
17:30 – 19:30
The Rose Bowl (5th floor), Lecture Theatre RB538,
Leeds Beckett University,  Woodhouse Lane,
Leeds LS1 3HB

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What has been the impact of city devolution on planning and housing strategies? What new approaches have been taken by the combined authorities and what benefits have they seen?
 
Chair: Jane Kettle, Housing Consultant and Researcher
Our Panel:
 
Colin Blackburn, Head of Infrastructure & Investment, West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Anne Morgan, Planning Strategy Manager, Greater Manchester Planning & Housing Team
Tony Stacey, Chief Executive, South Yorkshire Housing Association
Followed by Q & A with the Panel

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Planning and the Future of Retail

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Thursday 12th May 2016, 17:30 to 19:30, Old Broadcasting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, LS2 9EN

 

Where is the retail market going now, in location, development and acquisition, what market trends are identified for new developments or retail opportunities, what is the impact on the high street, and the future for the independent retailer?

 

Chair: 

Cathy Barnes –  Director and Professor of Retail Innovation, The Retail Institute, Leeds Beckett University
Panel:
Gerald Jennings –  President Leeds Chamber and York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, formerly Portfolio Director, Land Securities (North & Scotland)
New Speaker:-
Will Smith – Vice President of Property and Market Development, Asda Walmart
Julian Dobson –  Director Urban Pollinators Ltd, author of ‘How to Save Our Town Centres: a radical agenda for the future of High Streets’ published by Policy Press 2015
 
Followed by Q & A with the Panel

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Turning neighbourhood visions into reality

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Planning lecturers and students from Leeds Beckett’s School of the Built Environment and Engineering helped communities come up with imaginative solutions to local problems at another successful neighbourhood planning workshop on Saturday 16 April.

Thirty people from communities around Leeds took part in the workshop on writing planning policy with specialist groups focused on the issues of student housing, what support is available for neighbourhood planning, and how plans can shape development in the local area.

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Quintin Bradley, Senior Lecturer in Planning and Housing said: “This was our third workshop for neighbourhood planning groups and the feedback says it was our best yet.  This was a chance for groups to share their experiences, identify common problems, devise joint solutions, and get some ideas down on paper with the help of planning experts”.

With over 60 neighbourhood planning groups in the city, Leeds Beckett’s Planning Network is providing much needed support to local groups. A key principle for the workshops is the importance of dialogue and learning from experience. Speakers provide examples of effective neighbourhood plan-writing and then small groups work on specific issues to bring local ideas into reality.

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The final event in the current neighbourhood planning programme will be held on 11 June and will feature a presentation from Inner East Preston, the first northern inner city area to make a neighbourhood plan, reflecting on the impact on their community.

All the presentations from Saturday’s event can be viewed at the link below along with our storify of the best tweets from the event. You can follow these events on the hashtag #lpnleeds.

 

Planning and the Future of Retail – Leeds Planning Network Masterclass

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Where is the retail market going now, in location, development and acquisition, what market trends are identified for new developments or retail opportunities, what is the impact on the high street, and the future for the independent retailer?

 

Chair: 

Cathy Barnes – Director and Professor of Retail Innovation, The Retail Institute, Leeds Beckett University

 

Panel:

Gerald Jennings – President Leeds Chamber and York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, formerly Portfolio Director, Land Securities (North & Scotland)

Julian Dobson – director Urban Pollinators Ltd, author of ‘How to Save Our Town Centres: a radical agenda for the future of High Streets’ published by Policy Press 2015

Followed by Q & A with the Panel

 

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Debating the Future for Affordable Homes

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Students, housing practitioners and tenants engaged in a hard-hitting analysis of the housing crisis at Leeds Planning Network’s Master Class on the Future of Affordable Homes on 17 March.

Speakers from leading housing organisations in the region provided an inside track on the government’s housing proposals and the impact of recent housing benefit changes. An audience of over 40 practitioners, students and community representatives discussed the prospects for housing futures, with the supply of homes dwindling and prices through the roof.

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This was the fourth Master Class organised by Leeds Planning Network, one of the go-ahead research clusters in the School of the Built Environment and Engineering. Leading this project, senior housing and planning lecturer Quintin Bradley, said:

“This Master Class was a chance to assess the future for affordable housing with the key developers of not-for-profit and public housing. A perfect storm of policies threaten the existence of the affordable rented sector and this event gave practitioners, tenants and students an opportunity to get to grips with the likely impact”.

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President of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Geraldine Howley, who is also chief executive of Incommunities, Bradford’s biggest affordable housing provider kicked off the event with an incisive analysis of the threats. Reductions in housing benefit for people aged under 35 have meant increasing rent arrears and have led Incommunities to dispose of many affordable single household homes.

Harrogate borough council’s development manager, Jenny Wood warned that the forced sale of council housing promised in the Housing Bill would deprive the town – which has the highest market rents in the north – of almost all its one bed affordable flats.

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Martyn Broadest, development manager from Connect Housing, a West Yorkshire community housing association, reminded the audience of the social purpose of affordable housing, and warned of a resurgence of slum-living and a huge increase in homelessness.

The Master Class was ably chaired by Jane Kettle, fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, and former head of school at Leeds Beckett University. Questions from community land trusts, commercial builders, tenants, and housing activists made for a lively debate. Slides from the presentations can be viewed at the ISSU link below. Tweets and images from the event itself can be viewed at the storify slideshow below the presentations.

The next Leeds Planning Network Master Class will be on Thursday 12 May on the Future of Retail Planning and will be chaired by Leeds Beckett Professor Cathy Barnes.

Martyn Broadest Presentation (Via Prezi)

Community campaigners debate with planners and developers at Leeds Planning Network event

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Planning practitioners, house-builders and community members debated the balance between environmental sustainability and development, at Leeds Planning Network’s Master Class on Tuesday 1 March.

Over fifty people took part in this cutting-edge twilight Master Class event which featured the latest research and critical comment on the impact of five years of neighbourhood planning. Many community groups from Leeds got the chance to engage with developers and with planning professionals to tackle the challenges of sustainable development.

There is a real buzz about these Master Class events that aim to get under the skin of the tough decisions about planning and housing and community. This is the second exceptional event in a new strand of academic enterprise led by Leeds Planning Network, a research cluster funded by the School of the Built Environment and Engineering and run through the Centre for Knowledge Exchange.

Prof Gavin Parker, from the School of Real Estate and Planning at University of Reading presented the latest research on neighbourhood planning to community groups. They also got key tips from independent examiner Alyson Linnegar, while Paul Butler, former head of planning at Barratt Homes Yorkshire promoted the benefits of house-building in promoting sustainable growth. This was an opportunity for communities to learn from professionals but to make their views known too in a lively exchange of knowledge and experience. Many of the community groups taking part were already benefiting from the assistance and support of planning lecturers at Leeds Beckett, and this Master Plan event will feed into Leeds Planning Networks series of workshops for neighbourhood planning groups.

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The evening’s presentations are reproduced at the ISSU link below and a selection of audience tweets and images from the event can be viewed at the Storify link at the end of this press release.

 

The next Leeds Planning Network Master Class will be on the Future for Affordable Housing on Thursday 17 March where the President of the Chartered Institute of Housing, and chief executive of Incommunities, Bradford’s premier social housing provider, will speak, alongside development chiefs from Harrogate Borough Council, and Connect Housing, the West Yorkshire community housing association. Details at the following link.

 

Leeds Planning Network announce March Housing and Planning masterclasses on development and affordable housing

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Leeds Planning Network based at Leeds Beckett University are pleased to announce the details of our next two planning masterclasses taking place on 1st and 17th March respectively.

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Neighbourhood Planning: Impact on Development

Tuesday 1st March 2016

Registration @ 17:30 for 18:00 start

Update and analysis on neighbourhood planning, including impact on house-building and innovation in planning policy. Speakers include Phil Crabtree,  Chair of RTPI Yorkshire, Gavin Parker, Professor of Planning Studies at University of Reading, Paul Butler, Director of PB Planning and former Head of Planning for the Yorkshire Region, Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes. DETAILS AND BOOKING HERE.

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What is the future for affordable housing?

Thursday 17th March 2016

Registration @ 17:30 for 18:00 start

As housing subsidies are redirected to Starter Homes, councils face the forced sale of homes in high value areas, housing associations prepare for right to buy, and tenants see the end of security of tenure, we ask key practitioners to give us their vision of the future for affordable housing. Speakers include Jane Kettle, Housing Consultant and Researcher, Geraldine Howley – President of Chartered Institute of Housing, Chief Executive of Incommunities, Jenny Wood – Principal Housing Development Officer, Harrogate Borough Council and Martyn Broadest – Director of Regeneration, Connect Housing. DETAILS AND BOOKING HERE.

Upbeat community planners thank Leeds Beckett for practical help

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More than fifty volunteers from Leeds communities took part in an upbeat and enthusiastic neighbourhood planning workshop organised by Leeds Beckett University’ School of the Built Environment & Engineering on 30 January. They worked together to shape a vision for their communities helped by practical tips on plan-making and design from the university’s planning and housing lecturers. This was the second event in a programme of activities in which Leeds Beckett puts the skills and knowledge of its staff at the service of neighbourhoods in Leeds. Feedback from the workshop was unanimously positive and delegates went away with fresh ideas on how to deal with the thorny issues they face in the community.

Quintin Bradley, Senior Lecturer in Planning at Leeds Beckett University, said: “Sixty communities in Leeds, and many others across Yorkshire, are setting out a vision for how their local community will develop. They need technical assistance and expert advice to do this neighbourhood plan. Leeds Beckett is making sure they get the help they need.” The workshop was organised by Leeds Planning Network, one the new research clusters set up by the School of the Built Environment and Engineering supported by the Centre for Knowledge Exchange.

Delegates heard from Jeff Newton and John Steel, community volunteers in Boston Spa who are in the final stages of their neighbourhood plan. They talked about their innovative new designs for the high street and plans for a renewable energy scheme. Jeff and John stressed that plan-making was hard work but they were enthusiastic about the future and the improvements they wanted for their village (see their presentation below).

Detailed guidance on the legal aspects of plan-making was given by Bob Pritchard, specialist planning lawyer and guest lecturer at Leeds Beckett. He spelled out what a neighbourhood plan could achieve and what should go in it. This was vital information for delegates learning to write planning policy that will guide development in their community over the next twenty years (see his presentation below).

Following this, there were three discussion groups each focusing on themes requested by delegates at the previous workshop. Will Sparling, PhD candidate at Leeds Beckett gave help to inner-city communities working together on common problems. Planning lecturer, Harvey Pritchard gave advice on planning for infrastructure, while Jenny Fisher, principle urban designer for Leeds City Council helped delegates work on improving the look and feel of their neighbourhoods. Delegates were full of praise for the Leeds Beckett event and gave the organisers many more ideas for future workshops.

Copy of Leeds City Council “Neighbourhood Planning & Design Issues” Document to download

The next neighbourhood planning workshop is 16 April 2016 but in the mean time Leeds Planning Network will be holding two planning masterclass events on Tuesday 1st March (Details here)  and Thursday 17th March (Details here

 

Neighbourhood Planning Workshop – What can and what can’t go in a neighbourhood plan?

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Saturday 30th January 2016

10:00 to 13:00

Old Broadcasting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, LS2 9EN

This second workshop gives neighbourhood planning groups in Leeds a chance to meet and work together to tackle the big issues. There will be short presentations and plenty of time for discussion and networking. Planning experts from Leeds Beckett University’s planning school will be on hand to provide advice and support

Speakers:

Boston Spa Neighbourhood Plan 

a presentation by Jeff Newton & John Steel

What can and what can’t go in a neighbourhood plan’

advice from Bob Pritchard, planning solicitor from Eversheds

Discussion groups with planning advisors:

  • How can a neighbourhood plan improve design in your area
  • Looking at infrastructure issues in a neighbourhood plan
  • Inner-city neighbourhood planning

Free and open to all members of neighbourhood planning groups! 

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Planning master class lifts the lid on the politics of housing delivery

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Around sixty people took part in Leeds Planning Network’s first Master Class on 19 November to debate the challenges of housing delivery in the region.

With plans announced for another 70,000 new homes in Leeds, decisions over housing are clearly contentious and this Master Class brought developers, planning practitioners and community activists together to shed some light on how the political controversy is managed.

Former Chief Planning Officer for Leeds, Phil Crabtree, and ex-Executive Member for Planning and Housing, Cllr Peter Gruen debated the issue with John Kirkham, strategic development manager for Persimmon Homes. The Master Class was chaired by Jane Kettle, housing researcher from Jay Consulting and was a research and enterprise event for the Planning, Housing and Geography group in the School of Built Environment and Engineering run through Leeds Beckett University’s Centre for Knowledge Exchange.

 

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Setting the context for the debate, Phil Crabtree spelled out the potential impact of the new Housing Bill 2015 and pointed to the democratic deficit of automatic planning permission for housing on brown field sites. Phil argued that private house-builders could never meet all housing need and criticised the standards and quality of new private house-building while fewer affordable homes were being provided.

John Kirkham, from Persimmon Homes, argued that local politicians were unable to plan positively for housing growth and called for less regulation on private house-building. He suggested that house-building should be treated in the same way as major infrastructure decisions and was too important to be left to local communities. John countered claims that private house-builders are banking land and criticised the public sector for its lack of understanding of the needs of developers.

Cllr Peter Gruen told how Leeds had tried to make the planning system fairer and reduce suspicion between developers and the public sector. He argued that public support for house-building could be won if infrastructure needs of growth were met first. He voiced his support for increased house-building, built on brown field as well as green fields, and designed to a high standard. He spoke passionately about the continued need for social housing and announced that Leeds was building council housing for the first time in decades.

Questions from the floor raised issues around the calculation of housing need and the site allocations process. Cllr Gruen explained the need for a robust Local Plan to prevent speculative building and to ensure housing for future generations.  Discussion focused on the loss of green space, and the impact on affordability of the new starter home initiative. There was criticism, too, that the insistence of private house-builders on making 20 per cent profit meant that they avoided their commitment to provide affordable homes. There was agreement that a partnership was needed between the public and private sector and that political leadership was essential to meet housing need.

Please view the storify below for a selection of tweets and images from last Thursday’s event, #lpnleeds.

Future events from Leeds Planning Network include a neighbourhood planning workshop on 30 January and another Master Class on the Future of Affordable Housing on 17 March – put them in your diary!

 

 

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