On Thursday 16th Leeds Planning School’s masterclass on 16 November addressed the dilemmas for planners in making local character, heritage and sense of place central to their policies. The three speakers provided lots inspiration and ideas on heritage, design and articulating public concern to an audience of over 30 neighbourhood planning group members and built environment professionals.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.