West Midlands Parks Forum discusses planning and parks

The West Midlands Parks Forum will look at the subject of planning and parks next week at its forthcoming meeting next week.

New green space is constantly being created through the planning process
New green space is constantly being created through the planning process

The event, held at The Studio, Birmingham, from 9.30am to 3.45pm on 22 September is open to all parks managers as well as charities and parks trusts and people involved with landscape design, parks maintenance, countryside services or parks development. 

It aims to demystify Section 106 (s106) and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and how they can be used to leverage funds for parks departments, in an environment of increased budget restraint,

The forum will also explore innovative ways of securing great quality open spaces that can be maintained in the long term.

Local authorities are also under increased pressure to adopt parks and open spaces in the light of decreasing resources. Developers are likewise under increasing pressure to maximise housing density, build more homes and create meaningful environments for communities.

These factors coupled with issues such climate change, sustainable urban drainage, place planning and biodiversity off-setting make for a complex process for designing, adopting and managing parks and open spaces as a fundamental part of realising sustainable community development.

Speaker topics include:

  • National planning policies explained
  • Best practice in relation to planning and parks
  • Understanding the legal context including s106 agreements and CIL.
  • SuDs and reviewing different post development options.

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