On Tuesday 13th June 2017, a group of Kent Design members including heads of planning from local authorities, housebuilders, architects and consultants met at the Maidstone Museum for a roundtable discussion to ask how far proposals in the government’s white paper will go to fixing the housing market in Kent and Medway.
The roundtable was a platform for members to outline their responses to the government’s consultation but also to explore the proposition in the White Paper that the public’s relationship with house building is, at least in part, responsible for slow delivery.
We started by asking if it is true that we are failing to plan for new housing because of a fear of public opposition, and if the public are really so dissatisfied with new housing. To what extent are Neighbourhood Plans part of the solution? Do public perceptions need to change and should local people be involved in the design of new neighbourhoods and settlements.