Additional CPD - Heritage and Localism, Ludlow

02 May 2013

1:30 AM - 4:30 AM


Ludlow Mascall Centre, Lower Galdeford, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1RZ


The development industry is buffeted at present by the changing winds of political opinion as it stutters into recovery. The planning system is in particular turmoil, in turn being hailed as the means by which local communities will be empowered and then damned as the primary obstacle to economic growth.

Can we find calmer waters where diverse interests may be explained, debated and aligned to bring forward the housing, jobs and facilities on which local communities depend? If so, can our appreciation of a locality's heritage contribute to a more positive attitude to meeting the needs of its community?

This seminar will explore examples of how community planning has succeeded or failed in the past, and how local historic character has been used to attract sympathetic development to the wider public benefit.

It will address:

  • The psychology of protecting local interests and reacting to change
  • The responsibilities of architects and other built environment professionals in acknowledging and answering legitimate local concerns
  • Lessons to be learned from neighbourhood planning over the last 50 years
  • An objective method for evaluating the historic significance of heritage assets
  • The advantages and impact of the current promotion of community-based planning
  • Guidelines for new development in historic places: design principles; engaging diverse interests; and positive relationships with local planning authorities.


Speaker: Steven Bee BA MRTPI established Steven Bee Urban Counsel in 2010, providing advice, guidance and expert support to those engaged in development. He has over 30 years' experience of planning and development at local and national level, in the public and private sectors. He was an Executive Board member of English Heritage for eight years, and before that Director of Planning and Development Services at Winchester City Council for five. He was a consultant with Llewelyn-Davies Planning for 11 years, after nine years with the London Borough of Lewisham.

Core Curriculum topic: Being safe – health and safety



RIBA/ CIAT Members - £55 + VAT   
Others - £80 + VAT
RIBA Student Member - £15 + VAT
CPD Club Member – 20% discount on the relevant rate


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