During March 2014 PLACE delivered eleven training workshops across Northern Ireland (one for each of the new district council areas) to outline the concepts and principles of Living Places and explain how it should be used in practice. Workshops provided training on the concepts and principles of Living Places, implementation of Living Places, and practical use of Living Places in the context of the NI planning system and future reforms to planning and local government.
PLACE then organised and delivered the launch symposium for Living Places in September 2014. The symposium took place at the Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts. The event opened with Minister Mark H Durkan officially launching the design guide. James Hennessey (The Paul Hogarth Company) then provided background to the development of the guidance and Michael Corr (PLACE) highlighted the main issues to arise from the Living Places Training Workshops. Following a short break, Suzanne Wylie (Chief Executive, Belfast City Council provided an overview of how local government will benefit from the guidance and Lara Kinneir (Member, MAG) reflected on experience working with Design for London. Darran Crawford (Scottish National Parks) highlighted the Scotland's Creating Places document and the use of design charrettes to accompany the Scottish guidance.
The Living Places Workshops and Symposium were supported by DoE Planning Policy Division.
Living Places: Training Workshops
Living Places: Launch Symposium
18 September 2014