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Living and Working in Rural Wessex Seminar

DatesTo be confirmed.
LocationWestley Court, Wessex Conference Centre, Winchester SO21 2NF

A seminar held in collaboration between the TCPA, Wessex Rural and Farming Network (WRFN) and Wiltshire Council

Download the brochure and booking form here or book online below.

Hear from leading experts from across the rural policy field, including:

  • Mike Ridout, Chairman, Wessex Rural and Farming Network
  • John Coleman, Head of Programme Management Office, Rural Communities Policy Unit, Defra.
  • Trevor Cherrett, Rural Policy Consultant
  • Dr Hugh Ellis, TCPA Chief Planner
  • Jo Lavis, Rural Housing Expert
  • Tim Martienssen, Head of Economy and Regeneration, Wiltshire Council
  • Jo Rose, North Dorset District Council
  • Jeff Bishop, Independent Consultant
  • Belinda Fowler, Wiltshire Community Action

One year on from the establishment of the Wessex Rural and Farming Network (WRFN), they have joined forces with leading national housing and planning charity, the TCPA, and Wiltshire Council to take stock of the challenges and opportunities facing rural communities and businesses across Southern England.

After three years of planning and housing reform -with the Localism Act, NPPF Growth and Infrastructure Act, alongside planning deregulation and new incentives for growth – this seminar will debate the overarching question: are current policies delivering for a living and working countryside in Wessex?

As the reforms move from debate to reality, there will be major tests around economic recovery and housing delivery, particularly affordable housing. It will explore the progress and application of rural policies and support programmes. The seminar will be a key opportunity to discuss and debate whether the measures are working, not just for the economy, but also in the delivery of well-planned, truly sustainable homes in healthy, vibrant and inclusive communities.

High level speakers will be drawn from national experts in housing, planning and rural issues as well as those with a particular interest and knowledge facing the south of England.  However, the seminar is just as much an opportunity to engage with businesses, professionals and communities in Wessex and get delegate feedback on the challenges facing them. Therefore the conference will be structured around panel debates with plenty of opportunity for discussion.

As well as establishing the current political, policy, economic, social and environmental factors shaping Wessex’s future, this seminar will also seek to create constructive recommendations about how every community can reach its full potential.


Members price£50.00
Non-members price£50.00

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