Vanessa Gregory very much appreciated being asked to join in the panel debate 'Lessons from the past - challenges for the future" at the recent launch of the report by Dr Susan Parham, Head of Urbanism Centre for Sustainable Communities, University of Hertfordshire The full document worthy of careful study can be downloaded here http://www.uh-sustainable.co.uk/docs/HertsGTG_5yearson_aw4_complete_highres.pdf
Look! St Albans especially welcomes this conclusion from the report as it must be the way forward!
“One of the strands that has emerged strongly from this work is that, in terms of the Guide to Growth itself and since then, Charrette type processes have been effective techniques for engaging in complex settlement design and planning issues. This has been the case both through the private sector, as shown in the case studies, and those examples where Local Authorities have sponsored Charrette style engagement processes. Given the strength of such processes for working through and obtaining the best (rather than lowest common denominator) solutions for a range of settlement scenarios, it would seem important at both county strategic and local authority level to give more attention to developing Charrette capacity alongside design, planning, infrastructure and economic development promotion and integration efforts.”