New housing: Responding to Growth

Published: Friday December 4, 2020


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Houses with church at centreWe believe in building strong communities and bringing people together.

We want to influence public policy to encourage best practice in the planning of housing developments.

Our “Responding to Growth” network of planners, developers, church leaders and those involved in the construction industry meets three times a year on Zoom to discuss the latest policies and research in new housing and to apply that knowledge in their work.

We’d love for you to be part of that network. Find recordings of our latest meetings below.

It is not right that more than 8 million of us in the UK live in unaffordable, insecure or unsuitable homes.

Whole sections of our society, including people of all ages, are affected by the housing crisis, but it is those caught in poverty
who are bearing the brunt of this injustice.

In response to this crisis, the Archbishop of Canterbury has commissioned the ‘Coming Home’ report.


Previous events

Responding to growth: Greening the future

Tuesday 28 September, 6 pm to 7.40pm

Building a greener future across our region. In the light of the government’s recent commitment to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035, building a greener economy is key. Our keynote speaker was Katherine Bennett, CBE, Chair of the Western Gateway, a cross-border economic partnership with a focus on inclusive and clean economic growth. The partnership covers an area reaching the Swansea – Cheltenham – Salisbury triangle.

A technical error means that unfortunately a recording is not available for this meeting, but a summary of the content can be found here —>

See Katherine’s slides here —>

We also heard from other experts and leaders in this area. You can find out more about the speakers here —>

  • Dr Simon Pickering, Principal Ecologist and Environmental Advisor and Co-Chair GFirst LEP Energy Business Group – see his slides here —>
  • Ben Watts, Outcome Manager – Economy, Environment and Infrastructure at Gloucestershire County Council, on the bid to host the World’s first fusion reactor producing electricity in Gloucestershire.  See his slides here —>
  • Mark Thorne, on developing plans for the Buckover Garden Village on the Tortworth Estate in South Gloucestershire. See Mark’s slides here —>

Responding to growth: rural housing

February 23, 6pm to 7.40pm

Lord Gardiner of Kimble, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity), Paul Miner, Head of Land Use and Planning at CPRE, the countryside charity, the Bishop of Tewkesbury, the Rt Revd Robert Springett and the Revd Rowena King presented an evening conference on rural housing.A note from the evening can be downloaded here.

Responding to growth: planning for the future

November 24, 6:00 pm – 7:40 pm

Richard Blyth, Head of Policy Practice and Research at the Royal Town Planning Institute discusses the Government White Paper, Planning for the Future. The Rt Revd Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington and Vice Chair of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community gives a theological reflection.




Responding to growth: the challenge of new communities

September 29, 6:00 pm – 7:40 pm

Planners, developers and communities joined Gail Mayhew, who sat on the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission, Charlie Dugdale, Partner at Knight Frank, and the Bishop of Tewkesbury, the Rt Revd Robert Springett, to discuss the implications of the Living with Beauty report.





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