Inclusive Thinking, Policy and Practice in Planning and Heritage for Communities, 22 October

22 October 2020, online

AHRC Heritage is hosting a half day event of Inclusive Thinking, Policy and Practice in Planning and Heritage for Communities, with a focus on heritage and planning, as part of our Follow-on-Funding dedicated to Opening New Pathways to Impact across Heritage Research, Policy and Practice.

The event is of course timely as it coincides with the UK Government’s launch of the Planning White Paper consultation, ‘Planning for the future’, which aims to ‘fix’ the ‘broken’ planning system through a series of 24 proposals outlined in the document. The White Paper follows other relevant reports that came out earlier this year, such as the ‘Living with beauty‘ report of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission, and two reports – Rethinking the Planning System for the 21st Century and Planning Anew‘ – published by Policy Exchange, also relevant for many of the proposals outlined.

The Government White Paper is a significant overhaul of the planning process in place, and will require further primary and secondary legislative changes. It also has strong implications – both as opportunities and challenges – for the inclusion of communities in decision-making, the role of heritage as well as the current system in place for protecting/enhancing the historic environment.

This half-day Conference will contribute to the impressive range of discussion and debate seen over the past months which have focused on key concepts underpinned in the planning reform, which include: planning for development, planning for beautiful and sustainable
places, and planning for infrastructure and connected places, through three categories identified to simplify planning (Growth, Renewal and Protected Areas). Communities are at the core of this, and heritage studies is well placed to think about the current shift towards politics of rootedness and belongingness, as well as enabling placemaking and inclusivity.

The areas they are focusing on are:
– How does the understanding, design and governance of placemaking affect wellbeing and social sustainability?
– What does it mean to put resources into the hands of communities, and how can understanding nature, culture or heritage studies provide people with opportunities for choice and control?
– What can heritage research and practice offer this new politics of identity, rootedness and belongingness.

The working programme and confirmed speakers are:

10.00 – 10.10: Chair’s opening remarks (Hana Morel, Research Associate, AHRC Heritage, UCL)

10.10 – 10.30: The role of land use in thinking about placemaking, wellbeing or community empowerment? (Rachel Fisher, defra)

10.35 – 10.55: Presentation: Protecting the Environment/Heritage through Planning and Land Use (Nikoleta Jones, Cambridge University)

10.55 – 11:00: Break

11:00 – 12:05: Panel Discussion: Repairing the Social Fabric (Chair: Lucy Natarajan, The Bartlett; Helen Fadipe, Planning Consultant; Olafiyin Taiwo, Planning Consultant; David Bryan, XTend; Claire Smith, Joined Up Heritage)

12:05 – 12:15: Break

12:15 – 12:30: Heritage and a Deliberative Systems approach to Local Democracy (Helen Graham, Leeds University & Phil Bixby, My Future York)

12:30 – 12:35: Q&A

12:35 – 13:30: Panel discussion: Opportunities and concerns outlined in the PWP for the heritage sector (Chair: Stephanie Evans, National Trust; Yves Blais, Creative Land Trust; Rob Lennox, CIfA; Stephanie Wray, CIEEM)

13:30: Close.

Please register via Eventbrite here .

You will receive zoom logon details before the event.

A programme of the morning will also be available on the Heritage Research website in due course.

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