Paul Finch is to be new chair of CABE

New CABE chairman named

Finch, the current Programme Director of the World Architecture Festival, is a former deputy chair of CABE and spent five years as chair of CABE’s design review panel. He has also chaired CABE’s 2012 Games design review panel since 2006.

Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw made the appointment, which begins on 14 December and lasts for four years.

Paul Finch said: “I am delighted to be rejoining CABE, especially given its increasingly important role in promoting quality of architecture and placemaking. I look forward to working with commissioners and the wider built environment community in the common cause of creating decent places to live, work and play.”

Meanwhile, CABE Space has published two new guides for local authorities and their stakeholders.
Open space strategies: best practice guidance reflects the latest thinking on the role of open space in improving the quality of people’s lives and features case studies of recent innovation, progress and success from across England, and practical guidance on how to prepare, deliver, monitor and review an open space strategy.

Open space strategies: what local authority decision makers need to know is an eight-page introduction aimed at senior decision makers in local authorities to demonstrate the value of investing in a strategy.

The LI contributed to the guides, which were researched and written by teams from the GLA and CABE Space, including Annie Coombs FLI.

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