Wednesday 16th February 2022 7.30pm

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)

Wednesday 16th February 2022 7.30pm

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Last Updated on February 17, 2022 by Kingston Society