6: ‘Neighbourhoods: Cohesion, Housing, Planning’ – London, December 8th 2016

Neighbourhoods – Cohesion, Housing, Planning

Date: 8/12/2016
Venue: Department for Communities and Local Government, 2 Marsham Street, SW1P 4DF  London,


12.30-13.00      Registration  (sandwich lunch available from 12.30)

13.00-13.05      Maria O’Beirne, Head of Neighbourhoods and Community Cohesion Research DCLG. Welcome and introduction 

13.05-14.20      Session 1 – Community Cohesion: messages from South Yorkshire

This session includes an overview of the learning from the previous seminar in Sheffield.  New contributions are from Kate Pahl (Sheffield) on ethnographic insights, to be placed alongside Gwilym Pryce’s (University of Sheffield) quantitative analysis of spatial data with a focus on segregation in neighbourhoods. This will lead into discussion of gender and private lives with a particular focus on British Muslim Communities with Joanne Britton,  Nafhesa Ali  and Richard Phillips, (University of Sheffield).   Zanib Rasool and Waheed Akhter (voluntary and community sector, Rotherham) and Zafar Saleem of Rotherham MBC will explore ways of enhancing social cohesion across community, voluntary and statutory contexts in communities.

14.20                Break

14.30-15.40      Session 2 – Housing and Housebuilding

Developing the themes explored in the first seminar on housebuilding, NIMBYism and the housing supply, Antonia Layard (Bristol), and Craig Watkins (Sheffield) will summarise the issues and, if published, respond to the 2016 White Paper with Prof Michael Edwards (UCL), Sarah Payne (Sheffield) and John Acres (Turleys/RTPI). The session will have a particular focus on neighbourhood and collective approaches to housing provision, with a contribution by Director of the National Community Land Trust Network, Catherine Harrington (NCLTN).

15.40                Break

15.50-17.00      Session 3 – Neighbourhood Planning: looking backwards and looking ahead

Sue Brownill (Oxford Brookes) and Gavin Parker (Reading) will discuss the persistent themes emerging from the seminar series and wider research on  the experience of neighbourhood planning since 2011.  Elena Besussi (UCL) and others tbc will reflect on the experience of neighbourhood planning groups and Planning Aid will consider what issues need tackling in supporting community led plans . A particular issue to be explored will be on the prospects of NPs delivering a range of development including housing. Simin Davoudi will discuss the analysis of NP areas and deprivation.

17.00                Concluding remarks

Robert Rutherfoord, DCLG;  Simin Davoudi, Newcastle University


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