Communities and Housing

Arup, 8 Fitzroy Street, London, W1T 4BJ, 16:30, 01 April 2009

A debate exploring how the ‘lifetime neighbourhoods’ agenda for well-being and the built environment should respond to the current economic turmoil, particularly that affecting the building industry.

We are very grateful to Arup for making this event possible, and for support from the Housing Learning and Improvement Network.

The lifetime neighbourhoods agenda has emerged in recent years through growing recognition of the interlocking roles of the built environment, infrastructure, housing, services and space in determining quality of life. Lifetime neighbourhoods are those that “offer the best possible chance of health, wellbeing, and social, economic and civic engagement regardless of age”.

This agenda went mainstream last year with the publication of the Government’s National Strategy for Housing in an Ageing Society, which saw the principles of lifetime neighbourhoods applied to specific policy levers and targets.

However, since this highpoint, the growing financial crisis has frozen many of the economic drivers for construction and development, crippling many of the housing and regeneration policy levers that are essential to making the lifetime neighbourhoods agenda a reality.

This debate brought together key experts and stakeholders to map the future for the lifetime neighbourhoods agenda, and explore the questions:

  • What is the current state of development, housing construction and regeneration?
  • How are planners responding to the current crisis in their role as long-term ‘strategic enablers’ who integrate individual developments and proposals into a vision for communities?
  • What is the future of the lifetime neighbourhoods agenda?

Agenda from the event:

16.00 - 16.30
Registration and Tea
16.30 - 16.35
Welcome by Volker Busher, Director, ARUP
16.35 - 16:40
Introduction by Chair, Baroness Sally Greengross, Chief Executive, ILC-UK
16.40 - 16.50
Presentation by Ed Harding, ILC-UK
16.50 - 17.30
Panel Contributions:

  • David Ward, Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Sarah Davis, Chartered Institute of Housing
  • Natasha Thomas, McCarthy & Stone
  • Representative from Help the Aged
  • Representative from Town and Country Planning Association

17.30 - 18.25
Audience Discussion
18.25 - 18.30
Summary by Chair
Close and Drinks

This event was free and open to all; however, registration was required.