Joanne Cave

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13th June saw DLA’s Heather Pugh and Richard Latcham deliver a frank and insightful seminar into planning and infrastructure investment at this year’s NIF, whilst we had brisk trade at our stand for the day talking to local authorities and Government departments about our work in this field.

The National Infrastructure Forum debated critical issues around local and national infrastructure projects, and provided an opportunity to hear from the key stakeholders delivering these very projects.

DLA presented a seminar entitled “Towards a New Geography: infrastructure and growth in the O2C Arc and beyond”.  Infrastructure investment will change the geography of Britain, giving rise to opportunities to plan strategically for new and extended communities.  As the Government’s Housing White Paper hints at a resurgence of regional planning for housing, or at the very least planning at a scale which is ‘larger than local’, local authorities will need to plan collaboratively and longer term to ensure their considerable housing needs can be met.  Our seminar:

– offered a view from the coal-face about how local authorities, developers, planners, masterplanners are responding to these challenges

– examined the role that good spatial planning can play in highlighting and realising investment opportunities

– highlighted some of the places which demonstrate the propensity to capture opportunities from infrastructure to achieve transformational growth

– explored the tools needed to match housing and employment growth with long term infrastructure plans

Our exhibition film can be seen here.