It has been alleged that there are more golf courses in Surrey than there are houses. It has also been alleged that we are all NIMBYs, seeking to preserve our villages and countryside in aspic or for our own benefit at the expense of people who desperately need new housing.
Join this workshop to participate in the debate "What’s for the best for Surrey?"
It's clear that we need new housing and that development is good for the economy and for the vibrancy of our communities but are there enough controls on what gets built and where? Do developers have too much latitude to spoil traditional scenes and views with new build that is out of keeping with its surroundings? Are councils doing enough to protect the heritage and the natural environment? How can we balance the need to conserve our heritage and the natural beauty of the Surrey landscape with the need to create new jobs and accommodate more people at every level of income?
The event will begin at 6pm for refreshments and sandwiches before the speakers take the floor at 6.30pm. Their presentations will be followed by a Q&A session and round table discussions. There will also be an opportunity to learn about the outcomes of the RSA’s Heritage Project, which has just come to a close, to meet local exemplars of good practice, and to devise some ideas and proposals on how local Fellows can influence the heritage agenda in their areas.
Clive Smith, Senior Planning Advisor to Natural England and Surrey Councils will join our workshop as keynote speaker. Clive advises on planning issues and on the protected landscape implications of local plan preparation. He is an expert on complex planning applications and appeals and public enquiries. His background is as a chartered town and country planner and most recently, he worked in Surrey for 44 years as head of planning at Mole Valley District Council.
Please book your place at the top of this page.
Any questions, contact Caroline Clark FRSA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Painshill Park, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, KT11 1JE
The event takes place at Painshill Park, the brainchild of an 18th century landscaper and entrepreneur.
Painshill Park is just off the A3. There is ample parking on site. Do let us know in advance if you book a place and then cannot attend so that others can have your seat.