All dates and times are booked at the Falcon Hotel, so please put them in your diaries now.
Speakers or topics marked * are subject to confirmation.
Monday 15th September 2014 at 6.15pm
Stratford and Tourism: the challenges and the rewards
Robin Tjolle, Chief Executive of Shakespeare’s England, the company recently formed to promote Stratford and south Warwickshire, will talk about the vital importance of tourism to the local economy, how its impact on the town can be managed and how it can be made sustainable.
Monday 20th October 2014 at 6.15pm
Stratford’s Neighbourhood Plan
As this key part of Stratford’s planning strategies for the future reaches draft stage, members will have a unique opportunity to learn and comment on its contents. The discussion will be led by Kevin Bond, Chairman, and John Deegan.
Monday 17th November 2014 at 6.15pm
The Demise of the NIMBY –
How Do We Get People Campaigning For New Homes in their Community?
Mike Roberts, who co-founded HAB with broadcaster Kevin McLoud, challenges us to welcome new housing that is well designed and respects its context – not the usual straight-out-of the-catalogue estates we all dread. HAB stands for Happiness Architecture Beauty and it is well worth looking at its mission statement at http://www.habhousing.co.uk/
Monday 19th January 2015 at 3.00pm
*Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership
Where does Stratford fit in ?
We hope to bring you key speakers to take us through the work of this body, effectively the successor to Advantage West Midlands as the channel for government money to promote enterprise in our sub-region.
Monday 16th February 2015at 6.15pm
*title to be confirmed
Dr Hugh Ellis is Head of Policy at the Town & Country Planning Association. Founded in 1899 to promote the idea of the Garden City, the TCPA is Britain's oldest charity concerned with planning, housing and the environment.
Monday 16th March 2015 at 6.15pm
How to get sensitive and successful development in historic towns
Steven Bee is Principal of Urban Counsel, specialising in advice and guidance to all those engaged in planning for and undertaking development. The distinctive Urban Counsel approach seeks out the commonalities among interested parties to maximise consensus and minimise conflict. Steven was previously the Director of Planning and Development for English Heritage.
*New Place – new plans
Last November we had a presentation and very lively debate when the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust shared its vision for the re-presentation of the site of New Place. As a result of this consultation, the Trust has ‘gone back to the drawing board’ and has now offered to bring members up to date on its revised plans. We intend to hold a special meeting for this purpose. We will advise you of when and where as soon as possible.