Under Pressure: Working with the form and setting of smaller settlements
Tuesday 6th November 2018, Kellogg College, Oxford
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With small towns, villages and hamlets seeing greater developer interest, what criteria are being used to identify new sites for housing or other land uses beyond major cities?  What can a settlement’s history tell us about its ideal future? What weight should be given to other place-related factors in decision-making?

Spatial planning is intended to determine what and how much development should be located where; yet a key part of the UK planning system encourages land owners and developers to propose specific sites for new development. Given the pressure on local authority resources, time constraints on determining planning applications, and the need for more housing development, place-making is not always at the top of the list of factors being considered.

This seminar-workshop will examine:
  • The significance of smaller settlements’ historical form, function and setting
  • Whether the HELAA process makes spatial or ‘place’ planning more of a challenge
  • Alternative ways of planning for change that relate to a place’s identity
  • The type of criteria to consider and their relevance
  • A live case study to debate and test factors that matter, and
  • Case studies of how plan-making and neighbourhood planning can draw upon alternative evidence to influence outcomes.
With expert speakers and a hands-on workshop, this seminar will enable delegates to consider whether there are key factors that should be used to plan the future of smaller historic settlements differently. 

This seminar will be of interest to local authority officers and councillors, civic societies, amenity and local community groups, and development planning and design consultants with an interest in urban design and planning. 

Tea and coffee on arrival
Welcome, Louise Thomas, HTVF Director
The historical significance of settlement forms, functions and settings, Dr Geoffrey Tyack, Oxford University
Planning for growth: small settlements today, the HELAA process and the market, Louise Thomas
Q&A followed by tea and coffee
Shaping towns - strategic urban design in the local plan process, Roger Evans, studio REAL
Using an historical evidence base for planning policy and development management, Charles Wagner, Associate, The Built Heritage Consultancy
Introduction to Workshop
Tea and coffee
Workshop feedback
Dorchester on Thames Neighbourhood Plan: a case study, Professor Malcolm Airs, Kellogg College
This event counts as 6 hours of CPD. If you need help to arrange accommodation in Oxford for this event, please let us know at