Brighton & Hove City Charrette – 11th December 2017

Building at Density: what does good look like?

With a growing demand for homes and jobs within the restricted city boundaries of Brighton and Hove there are pressures to increase residential densities. But with poor examples from the late twentieth century still blighting some neighbourhoods, many have grown wary of higher density development.

Using examples from around the UK our speakers will demonstrate different approaches to designing at density, drawing on the experiences of designers, clients and other local authorities. This city charrette will explore how the homes and business spaces the city needs can be delivered, while maintaining the qualities that make it such a special place. From the busy centre and grand seafront, to back streets and more sedate suburbs, wide ranging conditions exist across a relatively compact area. Therefore, integrating new development at higher densities is a complex issue where no singular approach can be applied. We will explore the complexities surrounding these issues, followed by tabled discussions based around the following themes:

  • What types of densification would work where?
  • How can well integrated development deliver wider benefits to the city?
  • How can we work together pro-actively to plan for increased densities?
  • How can we provide certainty for developers that by following clear guidelines they can achieve planning approvals, and reassurance for residents that change need not threaten the unique character of Brighton and Hove?


Claire Bennie, Municipal
Richard Wilson, Camden Council
Robert Sakula, Ash Sakula

More speakers to be announced soon.

If you have a specific interest in the future of Brighton & Hove and would like to attend this charrette please contact us on 01634 401166 or email to:

Annual Architecture Lecture to discuss Developing Historic Environments

Every year The Guildford Society holds its Annual Architecture Lecture hosted by the University of Surrey. Run by volunteers to provide a forum for debate about the issues affecting Guildford Town and Borough, the Society is known for holding lectures, events and public meetings related to planning issues.

This year’s Annual Lecture will take place on Wednesday 8 November at 7pm at the Rik Medlik Building on the University’s Stag Hill campus. The Society will be pleased to welcome guest speaker, Chris Lamb, Director of the environment design advice service, Design South East, who will discuss the often controversial topic of developing historic environments.

Commenting on his theme, Mr Lamb said: “The South East plays a huge role in the UK economy and is the gateway to mainland Europe. The region is facing the enormous challenge of accommodating new homes and infrastructure while maintaining its status as one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Good design is at the heart of that conundrum, and the key to ensuring that the South East remains an exceptional place to live, work and visit.”

Patricia Grayburn MBE from the University of Surrey said: “The University is delighted to host the 11th Annual Architecture Lecture here on campus. We would like to extend a very warm welcome to The Guildford Society, Chris Lamb and to any other guests who wish to join us for one of the main events in The Society’s calendar.”

To register for a free ticket for the lecture, please contact the University of Surrey Box Office on 01483 686876 or email:

Annual Architecture Lecture Information 

To book your place online please visit: University of Surrey Annual Architecture Lecture

For information about membership of The Guildford Society, please email:

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