Kingston Society member Tony Lancaster (“I am not a planner but…!”) will present his take on more than a century of planning legislation and the implications of the February 2022 White Paper: Planning for the Future: Planning policy changes in England and future reforms, the sacking of Housing Minister Robert Jenrick and the formation of a Citizens’ Panel in Kingston to respond to the Local Plan consultation which is to be informed by the new National Model Design Code.
Oh, and does the Levelling Up White Paper undo all of this?
About the speaker: Tony Lancaster has been fighting to save old buildings and to build better new ones since 1972 – that’s 50 years of mostly failing to get what he wants. In 1972 it was the Odeon Cinema in Tooting, an Art Deco masterpiece fated to become a bingo hall and its glorious rise and fall Wurlitzer organ to become forever silent. Now he is obsessed with restoring beauty to the argument for a better built environment and giving us back the power to refuse ugly and be equal players with the developers and unelected, unaccountable town planners.
Promising commission and white papers seem to herald (another) dawn of enlightened thinking but nothing is quite what it seems. Our speaker will attempt to convince you (and himself ) that things really will change and get better. (Word to the wise: don’t hold your breath)
Unless otherwise noted, all our meetings are held in the Judge Lecture Theatre, Tiffin School, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6RL. Click here to see a map of the area.
Access is from the London Road entrance where there is free parking available, subject to other events happening at the school. There are bus stops outside and opposite the school entrance, and the main bus and railway stations are within short walking distance. The Judge Lecture Theatre is accessed through the main doors next to the new circular school cafeteria. It is on the ground floor and we believe you will find it accessible.
Meetings begin promptly at 7:30pm. Doors are open at 7:00.
Free admission for members of the Society. Members of the public are very welcome to attend and are asked to pay £2 toward our costs, alternatively they can join the Society on the night for just £10.