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TCPA New Communities Group Webinar on Planning for Culture 

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7th November, 2023 : 10:00 am 11:30 am

Planning for culture and the creative industries is an integral part of supporting and creating great places. The creative and cultural industries contribute more than £100bn per year to the UK economy, helping to attract investment, catalyse innovation, and enhance distinctive places and communities. There are environmental benefits from regenerating places, retrofitting and re-purposing existing buildings and improving the vibrancy of local places, including high streets. Significant social value can also be gained from improving cultural infrastructure and facilities. 

Developing cultural infrastructure requires a steady focused effort across long periods of time, and integration of governance and processes from planning to infrastructure investment. Kent County Council and Creative Estuary have published a Cultural Planning Toolkit to help users navigate the deliverability of cultural infrastructure and embed it in planning and delivery processes from the outset. This session provides an opportunity to explore the toolkit and hear from practical examples of places making it happen, both in existing and new places.  

This webinar will be essential for councillors, developers, consultants, business leaders, council officers, community groups, architects and designers, students and anyone who is interested in the creation of well-connected places. 

This webinar is kindly supported by:

Please see the agenda below:

10:00Welcome and introduction from the Chair 
Catriona Riddell, Strategic Planning Consultant, TCPA Trustee
10:05Creative Estuary’s Cultural Toolkit
Samantha Lahai-Taylor, Principal Project Officer – Placemaking and Wellbeing, Kent County Council 
Katy Lock, Director of Communities, TCPA  
10:20Cultural developments in Chester
Charlie Seward, Deputy Chief Executive (Place), Cheshire West and Chester Council
10:45Creating cultural infrastructure in new places
Laura Bailey, Cultural Development Manager, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, Ebbsfleet Garden City
Alastair Upton, Chief Executive, Creative Folkestone
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