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Responding to growth: the challenge of new communities
September 29, 6:00 pm - 7:40 pm
The Diocese of Gloucester is holding a conference called ‘Living with Beauty: promoting health, well-being and sustainable growth’, to discuss the findings of the ‘Building Better, Building Beautiful Report’, published in February of this year.
Planners, developers and communities are invited to join Gail Mayhew, who sat on the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission, Charlie Dugdale, Partner at Knight Frank, and the Bishop of Tewkesbury, the Rt Revd Robert Springett, to discuss the implications of the report.
Gail Mayhew is a property consultant with wide ranging experience in place-making, strategic development planning and high street regeneration, and has practised as a consultant for over 20 years. She was a Commissioner on the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission and is a co-founder of The Stewardship Initiative which is bringing landowners, funders, entrepreneurial builders and local authorities together to create partnerships for ‘good growth’.
She has considerable experience of working with land and property interests, and local authorities to develop innovative approaches to infrastructure and land release planning to achieve mixed use, sustainable settlements and urban extensions. She is a place making advisor to Urban Catalyst on their scheme to deliver a new town centre, including studios and a creative industries district and 2,800 new homes at Purfleet.
She has supported strategic scale planning through stakeholder engagement exercises such as ‘How Should Norfolk Grow? and has developed a practice in stakeholder and community engagement to help identify and secure social infrastructure and design objectives. In Norfolk, she is working with town and parish councils and land interests to develop innovative approaches to village and market town growth proposals, that are sympathetic to context, landscape-led and economically driven.
Charlie Dugdale is a Proprietary Partner within London’s Residential Development Department with his specialism being large‐scale development partnerships with a particular focus on long-term value creation, income and community value.
He led the research and evidence base behind the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission, and is now working on a ‘Stewardship Initiative’ which seeks to deliver on one of the central aims of the Commission: to encourage responsibility to the future through Stewardship. He has been at Knight Frank for 17 years where his experience has covered a number of stewardship projects where maximising long-term value has been the explicit aim of the landowner interest. Charlie takes an innovative approach to delivery vehicles and structures to ensure that all stakeholders are aligned. His overarching ambition is to get Britain building homes that people are proud to live in.
The Rt Revd Robert Springett is Bishop of Tewkesbury and will providing a response from a church perspective. He is a trustee of the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust and is the sponsor for the Housing aspect of the Diocese of Gloucester’s LIFE vision. He also chairs the Diocesan Board of Education and has a passion for the thriving of our communities.
Building strong communities where all people can flourish has been the passion of the Church of England for nearly 1,500 years.
At a time when more house-building is being promoted, the Diocese of Gloucester is committed to working creatively with communities, planners and developers to help ensure that where development is right, it is done in the best and most responsible way.
The Zoom link for the meeting is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82446805523