You can register for the Zoom event here.
The Government has chosen the summer recess to announce the biggest shake-up in English planning for decades. They've hailed it as a radical step to overcome bureaucracy and NIMBYism, which would unleash a wave of house-building and infrastructure to boost Britain's ailing economy. However, environmental advocates are concerned that it will rip up green spaces across the country: and the abolition of Section 106 has been described as a 'disaster' for social housing and localism.
On Thursday 27 August, the Young Fabians and Red Brick will discuss:
- What the Tories' planning 'revolution' means in practical terms.
- How it might affect social and affordable housing, living standards, and our environment.
- What challenges and opportunities it could bring for Labour councillors and activists.
- How we can challenge the worst parts of the reforms, and demand improvements.
For this event, we'll be joined by:
- Anya Martin, Head of Policy & Research at PricedOut: England's campaign for affordable housing.
- Cllr Shama Tatler, Cabinet Lead Member for Regeneration, Property & Planning on London Borough of Brent Council.
- Christopher Worrall: housing professional, member of Labour Housing Group Executive Committee, and Editor of Red Brick.
- Mark Whittaker, Young Fabian Executive Committee (chairing the discussion).
You can find out more about the Government's proposals here, an analysis of the gaps it leaves on environmental protection here, and about concerns over the ending of Section 106 on affordability of housing here.