Future Cities Forum: Science Cities Cambridge
On 24 January 2024 Simon Payne attended a Future Cities Forum at Newnham College, Cambridge to discuss good quality place making. Simon took part in a panel discussion with senior colleagues from Arup, HOK, David Lock and Scott Brownrigg.
He stated: 'I think there is a very good report by the Bennett Institute, looking at the need for a universal basic infrastructure and shows that we need to plan for the longer view and connect everything up. The Germans do it better. It is a much simpler system. The Bennett report looks at several German cities and their community provision and they outperform us in nearly all cities, with facilities such as GP practices. But we need to state a slight word of caution here - there has been a huge amount of investment after the unification of Germany in the east. The main lesson we need to learn from all of this is the longer-term joined up approach and that there is a type of social contract between people who are delivering the infrastructure and the people who need the infrastructure.
Financing Oxfordshire's Green Future
On 11th January 2024 Simon Payne was invited to attend ‘100 Together’ a conference organised by Oxfordshire County Council at Oxford Brookes University. Delegates were invited from local Councils, business and community organisations to discuss the financing of green infrastructure in the county. The key note speaker was Kate Raworth, creator of the Doughnut of Social and Planetary Boundaries, and co-founder of Doughnut Economics Action Lab. Her internationally best-selling book is Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist.
Supporting a high performing Planning Service at Winchester City Council
Simon Payne has completed a Review of the Planning Service at Winchester. Dawn Adey, Strategic Director - Place, Winchester City Council, commented:
‘We commissioned Simon Payne, Director of Lambsquay Consulting of Cambridge Limited, to carry out a Strategic Review of our Planning Service. Simon has worked with our Senior Elected Members and Managers to prepare a series of recommendations addressing service quality and efficiency with an emphasis on digital transformation, performance management, and the delivery of major development sites. The findings of the Review will be an important guide for us in taking our high performing Planning Service forward to successfully address the challenges of the coming years.’
Planning Officers Society Planning Network Conference in Central Birmingham
Simon Payne attended the Planning Officers Society Planning Network Conference on 20 November at the Innovation Centre at Birmingham City University. Presentations included a briefing by Ian MacLeod (Director of Planning, Transport & Sustainability at Birmingham City Council) on Birmingham’s Growth Agenda an update on national planning changes by David Waterhouse (Head of Planning Capacity and Capability at the HM Government Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities).
Future Cities Forum in Oxford
Simon Payne took part in a Forum event at St Johns College, Oxford in September 2023. The event debated future challenges for developing science cities and included Susan Brown, the Leader of Oxford City Council, senior built environment practitioners and representatives from commerce.
Simon observed that:
More information about the Forum is available at https://futurecitiesforum.london/
Winchester City Council - Strategic Review of Planning Service
Simon Payne is very pleased to have been appointed to undertake a Strategic Review of the Planning Service at Winchester. Each year the Service deals with a high number of planning applications that include Major Development Sites and a new local plan for the district is in preparation.
The City Council is committed to address the climate emergency whilst supporting sustainable growth in collaboration with local communities and business.
Planning Officers' Society Annual Conference
In June Simon Payne attended the Planning Officers’ Society Annual Conference at Gateshead. The event was hugely successful with an inspiring keynote speaker, Professor Sir Michael Marmott, on the importance of planning in health.
A range of topics were covered in the two days and the finale was delivered by Joanna Averley, Chief Planner at DLUC, when she set out the opportunities of Planning Reform and the year ahead.
Elected Member Training Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire
During May 2023 Simon Payne and Mike Holmes successfully delivered a series of Planning Commitee training sessions for elected members at Bassetlaw and also West Lindsey District Council.
The training was delivered through the Planning Officers' Society.
Archived News and Projects (Pre May 2023) can be found by clicking here