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Communities and Growth Conference

Design South East is pleased to announce the second in a series of topical Kent Design Conferences on Thursday 27 March 2014 – Growing Places in Kent and Medway.

The Greater South East drives the UK economy and Kent plays a key part in this success, but with this comes increasing pressure for more homes. Current government projections indicate that the number of new homes in Kent will need to increase significantly to meet increased demand. So how do we grow communities as part of this increase and reinforce the character that makes Kent and Medway unique? This conference will explore growth can help to strengthen quality of place and will examine the role of planning, design and delivery for creating truly sustainable places.

Speakers include:

  • The context of growth – Kent’s unique qualities  |  Dr Timothy Brittain-Cattlin, Director of Research at the University of Kent
  • Planning for growth and an overview of Local Plans in Kent and Medway  |  Rob Jarman, Head of Planning at Maidstone Borough Council
  • The legislative framework  |  Sarah Easton, Senior Associate at Thomson Snell & Passmore
  • The value of making places  |  Rob Perrins, Managing Director, Berkeley Homes
  • Growth – an opportunity to reinforce character  |  John Letherland, Partner at Farrells
  • Models of growth – the garden neighbourhood  |  Huw Edwards, Partner at Barton Wilmore
  • Shaping new communities in Berewood and Welbourne  |  Nigel Green, Planning, Regeneration and Urban Design Consultant
  • Architects don’t make places, people do! The role of the Urbanist  |  John Thompson, Chairman at John Thompson & Partners

Kindly supported by Maidstone Borough Council, the event will take place from 8:30am – 4pm on Thursday 27 March 2014 at Maidstone Town Hall. Lunch and refreshments will also be included for the day.

Members of Kent Design are invited to attend the event for free as one of the key benefits of membership. If you would like to find out more about how your organisation can become a member of Kent Design please contact

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