Merrick Denton-Thompson to speak in debate

New speakers announced for Green Belt exhibition

The Building Centre has announced a series of talks that will take place alongside its exhibition Beyond the Green Belt, which runs until 27 April.

On 19 April there will be a debate at 6.30 pm entitled ‘Is the Green Belt a luxury we can’t afford?’ The Building Centre says: “The tension is palpable with the protectors of the Green Belt accused of NIMBYism and campaigners for development charged with reckless commercialism. But with the UK in the grip of a housing crisis, which is causing very real hardships, can we really afford to keep the Green Belt? This event brings together the key campaigners on both sides of the debate and asks how we might solve the housing crisis without creating an unwanted dystopian landscape.”

Speakers include: Paul Cheshire, professor of economic geography at London School of Economics; Shaun Spiers, chief executive of Campaign to Protect Rural England; Janet Askew, immediate past president at Royal Town Planning Institute; Toby Lloyd, head of policy at Shelter UK; and,Barney Stringer, director at Quod.

On 25 April, an expert panel will debate ‘What’s next for the Green Belt?’. It consists of: Peter Nixon, director of land, landscapes and nature at the National Trust;  Jonathan Manns, associate director of planning at Colliers International and author of the London Society’s White Paper on the Green Belt; Barbara Weiss, director of Barbara Weiss Architects and co-founder of the Skyline Campaign;
Nicholas Falk, founder director of URBED; and, Merrick Denton-Thompson, president elect of the Landscape Institute.

Events are free to attend but booking is essential. Learn about the beyond-the-green-belt event.


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