planning

412, 2014

An architect’s view of the new Birmingham Conservatoire

By |December 4th, 2014|Opinion|Comments Off

Tom Jarman is a Partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, the architects behind the plans for the new Birmingaham Conservatoire. He recently completed a flagship £23 million arts facility comprising a studio workshop and gallery building for Manchester School of Art, part of Manchester Metropolitan University.

Here he discusses the considerations that have shaped the new Conservatoire design.

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304, 2013

Reconstructing Birmingham

By |April 3rd, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off

To boldly go? Or back to the future?
David Chapman, Professor of Planning and Development at Birmingham City University

When Herbert Manzoni led the redevelopment of Birmingham in the years after WW2 he was one of the most enthusiastic followers of new Modernist ideas about the future shape of the City. These ideas began in Europe in […]

2112, 2011

Three key challenges for improved planning

By |December 21st, 2011|Opinion|Comments Off

By Professor Alister Scott at the School of Property, Construction and Planning at Birmingham City University

The Select Committee report on the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) released this week confirms that the NPPF is not fit for purpose. It also exonerated planners being labelled the ‘enemy of enterprise’ and challenged the simplistic and foolhardy […]

2809, 2011

Planning Professor comments on the recent debate on the Planning reforms

By |September 28th, 2011|In The News|Comments Off

Professor Alister Scott at the School of Property, Construction and Planning at Birmingham City University said:

I must write to convey my increasing concern at the polarised debate between respective elements of the conservation and development lobby over the current planning reforms. The key message is being lost in that whilst the CLG produce their NPPF […]

1603, 2011

Professor of Spatial Planning asks ‘Who is the real enemy of enterprise?’

By |March 16th, 2011|Opinion|1 Comment

Professor Alister Scott at the School of Property, Construction and Planning at Birmingham City University

There has been much recent criticism in the press about planners and town hall officials being the enemies of enterprise and investment. Newly appointed Chair in Spatial Planning and Governance at Birmingham City University, Professor Alister Scott, sees these populist attacks […]

703, 2011

13 Steps towards National Planning Framework (NPF) for England

By |March 7th, 2011|Opinion|Comments Off

Professor Alister Scott, a reader in Spatial Planning at the School of Property, Construction and Planning at Birmingham City University

The planning system plays a vital role in delivering the kind of society and places we want and value. Any NPF must stress the pivotal role that planning and planners play in the delivery of high […]

302, 2011

Academic slams Government’s forestry commission plans

By |February 3rd, 2011|In The News|Comments Off

A leading academic from Birmingham City University has expressed his concern over the Government’s plans to sell off the Forestry Commission Woodlands.

Dr Alister Scott, a reader in Spatial Planning at the School of Property, Construction and Planning at Birmingham City University, said: “At a time when we should be thinking of maximising sustainable economic development […]

712, 2010

The impending death of the planning profession

By |December 7th, 2010|Opinion|Comments Off

Dr Alister Scott, Reader in Spatial Planning at Birmingham City University

According to Ministers the new planning system is about Localism, Localism and Localism and occasionally they change the order of Localism.  There is much to commend about the ideas of localism and delegating authority to the lowest level for decision making. However they are now […]

410, 2010

The Big Society and localism: Squaring the circle

By |October 4th, 2010|Opinion|Comments Off

Dr Alister Scott, Reader in Spatial Planning at Birmingham City University

Localism is a good idea in theory. However, the key lies in its implementation as part of a managed and structured process of social change and not as a quick and easy fix to save public money using voluntary action.

The often cited culture change is […]

709, 2010

The planning system is heading into a black hole of uncertainty which goes against the whole purpose of planning

By |September 7th, 2010|Opinion|1 Comment

Dr Alister Scott, Reader in Spatial Planning at Birmingham City University

Town and country planning in England is undergoing one of its most fundamental changes since the inception of the planning system in 1947. As the Coalition Government moves at breakneck speed abolishing Regional Spatial Strategies and Regional Development Agencies, and severely cutting resources in Natural […]