Panel: Hannah David (Chair); James Carpenter (Richborough Estates); Giles Dobson (Bidwells); Anthony Downs (Hatfield House)
Privately owned, Country estates make up a large part of our countryside. For many, they conjure up the idea of leafy landscapes within rural environments – the last place we would look to encourage development. Yet many of these estates include areas close to the public transport, jobs and services of towns and villages across the country.
This event will therefore explore the role such estates have in delivering housing and other forms of development and how landowners can engage in a positive way with the planning processes in order to support such development.
From calls for sites to the production of local plans, our panel of experts will explore how country estates can enhance their role in delivering sustainable development. We will also consider how the planning system itself might engage with country estates and their owners, who typically take a longer-term view of land development than more typical commercial players within the development industry.
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