16th October 2019

Nicholas Boys Smith of Create Streets gave an illustrated talk on how to create places for and with communities.

Nicholas Boys Smith is the founding Director of Create Streets and a Commissioner of Historic England. He is the co-chair of the Governments’ Building Better Building Beautiful Commission.

He is the author of many books and reports on planning, the politics of housing and the links between urban design with public support, wellbeing and long term value.

Create Streets Mission statement

“Create Streets exists to help solve the housing crisis and to help communities and developers create beautiful street-based places of sufficient density that will be popular with the wider community, are likely to be correlated with good wellbeing outcomes and which are likely to prove good long term investments based on the historical data of value appreciation and maintenance costs.

Our goal is to make it easier to develop high density, beautiful, street-based economically and socially successful developments with strong local support and which residents will love for generations. Over the next fifteen years we are also determined dramatically to improve the UK planning system so that it better delivers what people like and therefore helps deliver more new homes.

Nicholas Boys Smith set up Create Streets in 2013 out of frustration with the low quality of too much recent development and of irrational decision-making. We research links between urban form and wellbeing, health, sustainability, value and popularity. We advise communities, landowners, councils and developers. We lobby for necessary policy change. And we help communities and long-term investors develop exemplar schemes.

In our first three years, and on an initially very modest budget, Create Streets has already managed to have a non-trivial impact on British planning policy and the wider debate as well as helping many communities and councils make the case for and start to achieve better and more popular development.”

Coming to our public meetings

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.