The good practice guide Improving culture, arts and sporting opportunities through planning was launched at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday. The guide aims to help local authority planners and culture and leisure officers to meet the national requirement to identify and positively plan for improved opportunities in cultural, sport and leisure provision – both within Local Plan policies and in making planning decisions.
Vincent Paliczka, cCLOA Executive Committee member and Director of Environment, Culture and Communities at Bracknell Forest Council, said:“Good Local Planning Authorities should already have in place the skills and knowledge to create adequate built and spatial environments for communities to live and businesses to operate. However, great Local Planning Authorities know they must do more than create a place where people merely survive or endure – our towns and cities must be places where all people can thrive and businesses can truly prosper. Creating a sense of place must be one of the key overarching design objectives that Local Planning Authorities should embrace and it is abundantly evident that cultural opportunities are inherent in achieving this. This guide is intended to be of practical help to planning colleagues in creating a sense of place in the communities of the future, and cCLOA urges them to seize the opportunity afforded by this excellent guide”
You can find out more about the background to this work and also book yourself a place at the free regional seminars, which cCLOA are jointly delivering in partnership with the TCPA here. The seminars are free and are for local authority elected members and officers working in planning, arts and culture, leisure, open space and regeneration.
- 27th June, The Storey in Lancaster – more information and to book a place online here
- 2nd July, Birmingham, Shard End Library – more information and to book a place online here
- 4th July, Brighton, Hollingbury Park Golf Course – more information and to book a place online here
- 11th July, Cambridge at The Moller Centre – more information and to book a place online here