Planning Students hit the West Country

1 October 2012

Planning Students hit the West Country

Our MSc Planning students kicked off their course with a two day field trip to the West Country...

Our MSc Planning students kicked off their course with a two day field trip to the West Country. Highlights of the first day included a walking tour of Bath and a presentation from Bath and North East Somerset Council on how the heritage status of the city has influenced planning and development issues and a detailed presentation on a major development scheme, Kingsmead House in the centre of the city. Moving on to Bristol they toured the historic Harbourside and were given an insight into the recent and ongoing developments in the area by the Bristol Civic Society. The morning of day two included presentations from Bristol City Council on transport challenges and income inequality and Bristol Neighbourhood Planning Network on recent changes to the planning system from a community perspective. Following lunch in Canteen Coexist, a community-led initiate that provides work space for creative workers and a community hub for the Stoke Croft neighbourhood, the students enjoyed a guided walking tour of the Lockleaze area, one of England's first Neighbourhood Planning pilots. The last (but not least!) stop of the trip was in Hartcliffe at the former Imperial Tobacco offices, a dramatic Core Ten steel structure that is currently being regenerated into flats by Urban Splash, the Manchester based regeneration specialist. The students were given an overview of the development, followed by a tour of the impressive central atrium area and even got a sneak visit of one of the modern show flats.

Many thanks to all the contributors who were so generous with their time; the visit was much appreciated by all.

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