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 provided an opportunity to explore the toolkit and hear from practical examples of places making it happen, both in existing and new places.
This webinar was supported by Kent County Council: