South East England Cultural Consortium and SEERA
- Professor Martin Elson (Department of Planning), director, OISD:SPU
- Lesley Downing, Research Associate, (Department of Planning), OISD:SPU
- Total value: £14,124
- Time duration: April July 2004
- Identify how the cultural sector interest fits into the emerging South East Plan;
- Signpost the likely implications of changes to the planning system for cultural interests, including the Planning and Compensation Act 2004 and the Sustainable Communities Plan;
- Identify key points of influence that the regional cultural agencies need to be aware of in order to ensure that the interests of the cultural sector are adequately reflected in regional policy; and
- Identify key issues of relevance to the development of land use planning policy from the perspective of each of the cultural agencies
Desk study of literature on the ‘new planning’ system (local development frameworks etc.), Communities Plan (with a particular focus on South East ‘growth areas’)
Analysis of the emerging South East Plan and other relevant documents to include SEERA working documents, Regional Economic Strategy etc;
Interview stakeholders from SEERA, SEEDA, a member of the technical working party for South East Plan; and cultural sector to assess regional priorities;
Prepare a Draft Report of key issues to be addressed in the South East Plan.
There is a need for the cultural agencies to identify their key regionally important initiatives and to give spatial expression to those that relate to buildings, land or the environment. Agencies should think in terms of the following sequence;
How supportable is the background evidence;
Which strategy frameworks and policy vehicles are likely to be most successful in implementation; and
What policies for cultural aspects should be included in the South East Plan?
Consideration should be given to drafting some key policies relating to culture, and proposing them for inclusion in the South East Plan. Such policies could state important principles for cultural provision, for example relating to principles of access, or could be ‘enabling’ policies that could be picked up later and used by cultural agencies.
A wide range of complex arrangements have been made to help deliver new communities in the Growth Areas. There is a need for a SEECC response to this situation along the lines of the ‘green infrastructure’ paper produced by the conservation agencies in 2003 [East Midlands Environment Link]. The paper should cover;
Types of cultural provision appropriate at city, town and neighbourhood levels and for groupings of rural settlements;
Any useful standards for provision;
The roles of different types of funding; and
The possible drafting of strategic Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) listing tariffs for cultural facilities.
This study has uncovered exciting and innovative thinking on new mixes of cultural and community facilities. An assessment should be made of the models that are currently being implemented and planned, together with some assessment of their long term potential to deliver sustainable community facilities.
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