A thought-provoking talk and discussion session led by town planner, architect, urbanist and masterplanner Adrian Spawforth -
The term green belt is one of the mostly widely recognised planning terms but also one of the most misunderstood. Originally suggested in 1934 to manage the urban expansion of Greater London, it became more widely adopted by other local authorities around the country after the 1947 Town and Country Planning Act. However, over the last 70 years we have fundamentally changed the way we live and are willing to drive many miles to meet our lifestyle needs, very often choosing to live, work, play and educate our children in settlements that are many miles apart. At the same time we are struggling to build sufficient new homes for our growing population on previously developed sites in sustainable locations.
Adrian Spawforth RIBA MRTPI is Managing Director of the Yorkshire Region’s largest planning and masterplanning practice and this year his practice will be promoting over 30,000 new homes across the north of England on a range of sites including both brown field and green belt. What are the social, cultural and economic challenges choices that we are now faced with when considering development in the green belt? Is there a moral dimension to the debate and on balance, is the very idea of Green Belt now a dead concept and should we be trying to develop new strategies for protecting the highest quality landscapes while allowing green belt areas of lesser quality to be developed to meet societies needs and aspirations?
The licensed Orangery Cafe Bar will be open on the night selling a range of hot and cold drinks.
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*Limited parking available on site
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