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Timandra Harkness All Planned Out? - The Worldwide Impact of the British Town and Country Planning System
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All Planned Out?
The Worldwide Impact of the British Town and Country Planning System

18 and 19 May 2007

Timandra Harkness

Director of engaging cogs, the EPSRC funded forum for public discussion around engineering. Timandra is also Director of FameLab, Cheltenham Science Festival's search for new talent in Science Communication. She produces and hosts public science and engineering events for the Cheltenham Science Festival, the Dana Centre, and the Institute of Ideas.

Website:, and to contact Timandra as a freelance writer and journalist


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16.00 to 17.30 on Saturday 19 May 2007

Where to for planning?

In this closing session, chaired by Timandra, Thomas Sieverts, Alan Hudson, Alan Moran, and Michael Owens will discuss where they believe the future of development control is to be made. In Britain land use and spatial planning has maintained a separation from the technical building control system, but that disengagement need not persist. Is planning to be more of a positive institution, better devoted to the encouragement of the production and renewal of the man-made environment, or more of a negative force, attempting to contain social aspirations for space and opportunity? Is the built environment the negative that public planning must positively regulate? In a fast developing world, is it too simplistic to expect land use plans to reflect complex political and economic change?

Thomas SievertsAlan HudsonAlan MoranMichael Owens

clickThomas Sieverts, Partner in S.K.A.T., Architekten und Stadtplaner, Bonn, Köln, former Professor of Urban Design at the Technical University Darmstadt, former Professor at the School of Town Planning, University of Nottingham, and author of Cities without Cities: An interpretation of the Zwischenstadt (2004) - Cities without Cities - a challenge for planning

clickAlan Hudson, Director, Leadership Programmes for China, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford, and co-author of Basildon - The mood of the nation - The Twenty-first Century City - The making of citizens

clickAlan Moran, Director of the Deregulation Unit, Institute of Public Affairs, Melbourne, Australia, and author of The Tragedy of Planning (2006) - Housing Affordability and its Socio-Economic Consequences: Lessons from Downunder

clickMichael Owens, Head of Regeneration at the London Borough of Merton - TITLE

Where to for planning?

More to follow shortly...


clickWhat priorities do we want reflected in land use planning?

clickHas the notion of a distinct town and country become unsustainable?

clickCan planners reconcile government policies with where and how people actually want to live?

clickIs it justified to describe policies based on constraining building activity as "planning"?


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