Sixth Form Geography Conference - Planning a New Community - Garden Villages
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Event Background

The Government is promoting a new generation of Garden Villages around England as part of its policy of increasing housing supply. Garden Villages are new settlements that are characterised by higher levels of sustainability than standard housing estates, with distinct identities as new places.

Garden villages provide the opportunity to plan innovatively to meet the needs of future generations, by planning for a sustainable mix of housing, providing sustainable energy supplies, sustainable drainage and promoting sustainable travel. They should also incorporate green spaces.

This sixth form event will examine the challenges and opportunities of planning for a new Garden Village. The event will link into key themes on the curriculum including sustainability, social equity, urban climate, drainage, and waste.

Registration for the day will be at 9:30am with the talks and workshops ending at 1pm. For those who would like to find out a bit more about university life here at the University of Plymouth a campus tour will be offered from 1:45pm - 2:30pm bringing the day to a close.

This event is open to year 12 students with a maximum capacity of 50 students (ten from each school). Spaces will be offered on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

If you would like to bring more than ten students do let us know as a reserve list will be in operation.

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The day will be led by Dr Olivia Wilson MRTPI, a lecturer here at the University of Plymouth with a specialism in Spatial Planning.

There will be two talks to start the workshop. The first talk, delivered by Dr Stephen Essex MRTPI, will be about the history of new settlements in England, from the Garden Cities of the early 20th century to the Garden Villages of today. The second talk will be about the opportunities that Garden Villages provide to introduce design innovations to enhance sustainability, and the process of designing a new settlement.

Dr Olivia Wilson MRTPI, Lecturer in Human Geography (Spatial Planning)


Aiming to deliver on the A-Level Geography theme: Contemporary Urban Environments, the workshop will allow students to work in small groups on a proposed Garden Village layout. Utilising a combination of Google Earth Pro and printed maps to analyse the site, students will be presented with a list  of ‘asks’, ‘constraints’ and ‘opportunities’ adding different layers to the design process whilst raising a number of questions. 

In the process they will find out how site constraints can shape or limit the development layout, and how choices need to be made about design priorities. They will  consider how to balance the needs of different groups within the population, and capture their discussion and conclusions in the form of an annotated map.

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