Sir Frederic J. Osborn, in whose memory this event is held annually, is a key figure in the Town & Country Planning Association’s history. He campaigned more than half a century ago for pioneering public-sector New Towns complemented by greener, better cities. A true believer in sustainable development he talked of co-operative solutions, of sharing risk between the public and private sectors, and of restoring faith in the social and environmental, as much as the financial, credentials of development.
We are delighted that this year’s lecture was given by the co-founder of the Incredible Edible movement, Pam Warhurst CBE. Incredible Edible, an initiative begun in Northern England, is dedicated to growing food locally by planting on unused land throughout the community, what Pam calls 'propaganda planting'.
The 2020 FJO Lecture was given by the government's former chief planner Steve Quartermain CBE, who is currently enjoying a portfolio of activity with Town Legal, HGH Consulting, Cratus and Populo, as well as supporting MOBIE, Women in Planning, the Academy of Urbanism, and the University of Kent. Steve reflects on his time working for government and the state of town planning at this critical time.