Beyond the Slogans Conference 2019

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On Friday 18th January 2019, CAUSE held a conference at The Barn Brasserie in Great Tey, entitled, “Beyond the slogans – garden town realities and a look at other ways“.

Over 150 guests attended, with fantastic levels of interest shown by parish councils, neighbourhood planning groups and other groups such as CPREssex, SERCLE, Hands Off Wivenhoe, Stop350 and Colne Stour Association, and around 20 enthusiastic district councillors.  We also have distinguished planning experts travelling from around the country to join us, and are very thankful to our excellent speakers.  We were also joined by Bernard Jenkin, MP, who said a few words, and James Cleverly, MP.

Please click here for press releases:

Campaign group launches alternatives to garden towns

Event will launch alternatives to garden towns

(For our previous conference, please scroll down)

Listen to the recording and read presentations

For Part 1, listen here:

(Click on the link after each speaker to view the slides)

  • Chaired by David Boyle
  • Rosie Pearson,CAUSE, ‘Setting the Scene’: Setting the Scene
  • Tim Pharoah, Living Transport & Transport for New Homes, ‘Delivering a step change’: Sustainable Transport Step Change
  • Troy Hayes, Troy Planning, ‘How to capture land value’:  Land Value Capture
  • Ted Gittins, Edward Gittins & Associates, ‘An alternative growth strategy’*:

Alternative Growth Strategy Presentation

Gittins Report in full

For Part 2, listen here:

  • William Sunnucks, CAUSE, ‘Small is Beautiful & an alternative finance strategy’:  Small is Beautiful
  • Richard Bayley, North Essex Garden Communities Ltd
  • Neil Stock, Tendring’s Leader and NEGC Ltd

Debate chaired by Charlotte Rose of BBC Essex


*NOTE: Ted Gittins is an independent planning consultant.  His work was not paid for by CAUSE.   His plan is not intended to allocate housing numbers to specific sites.   It is a framework  and set of principles based on the existing infrastructure and historical grain of north Essex which he wishes to use to prompt discussion and two-way debate.

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CAUSE quotes for the press after the event:

Rosie Pearson, “We are absolutely delighted that over 150 people attended our event, including councillors from Tendring, Colchester and Braintree, planning experts from across England and local people including parish councillors and Neighbourhood Planning groups from all over north Essex. We are also grateful to MP’s Bernard Jenkin and James Cleverly for their time.  The level of interest and the number of questions from the audience, demonstrates how much the future of north Essex matters to people.

William Sunnucks, who presented CAUSE’s “Small is Beautiful” alternative for balanced growth, said: “We now have a coherent alternative to the Garden Communities plan both from a planning viewpoint and a financial one. Big settlements aren’t the only way to deliver infrastructure, and our financial analysis shows that they will actually deliver less.  If the Councils want to continue spending taxpayers money at £3m a year on professional fees  they must now re-examine their viability appraisals, as requested by the Inspector, and publish the results.”

“The audience heard from speakers that garden communities are not, as we are frequently told, the only way.  Ted Gittins, is an independent planning consultant, and presented an alternative spatial strategy which demonstrates there is no need for the garden town proposals.  Transport consultant, Tim Pharoah, said that the new communities do nothing to improve the current transport situation and that congestion charging will be necessary if the garden communities go ahead.”

Visions for Growth Conference 2015

On Friday 27th November 2015, CAUSE held a conference at The Barn Brasserie in Great Tey to explore the principles behind ‘good’ development and to look at how these principles might be applied in north Essex.   For the full conference pack, please click here:    CONFERENCE PACK 27 NOV 15 FINAL

PODCAST:      You can listen to the conference here:

Part 1:

Introduction to CAUSE

Dr Nicholas Falk, Wolfson Economics Prize-winner and urban designer

Steve Clarke, Haven Gateway, on economic growth in the Haven Corridor

Tim Pharaoh, transport consultant, on how to improve transport in north Essex

Part 2:

Our ideas on how to apply the ‘good’ principles of development in north Essex

Bernard Jenkin, MP

Conclusion, by CAUSE