Planning experts to debate Cornwall's
Planning, architectural and building experts gather in Falmouth
today (Wednesday, 21 May 2003) for the second 'Planning
for Prosperity' conference, which takes place at the
new National Maritime Museum Cornwall.
The conference has been organised by the Cornwall Business
Partnership, the umbrella body for all the major business
representative organisations in Cornwall, in partnership with
the Government Office for the South West, Cornwall County
Council, the South West of England Regional Development Agency
and the Objective One Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles
of Scilly. The Objective One Partnership is also sponsoring
the conference. The aim is to debate the fundamental role
that planning can play to regenerate Cornwall's economy
through strategic developments to create jobs and prosperity.
Thelma Sorensen, Chairman of the Cornwall Business Partnership,
organised the first 'Planning for Prosperity' conference
at Tolvaddon Energy Park in July 2002. She said: "That
earlier conference exceeded our expectations in that it generated
a very positive and ongoing debate around planning issues
"Several actions were identified at the event. Significant
among these was a request for a review of the Cornwall Planning
Charter. Cornwall County Council have accepted that it is
now appropriate for the scope of this document to be widened
beyond the ambit of Objective One and a revision has been
set in place.
"A draft of the revised charter will be available at
the second 'Planning for Prosperity' conference
and we are delighted that our delegates will have the opportunity
to be actively involved in the consultation process. This
outcome fully demonstrates the real working partnership being
developed between the private and public sectors across Cornwall.
"We believe that planning will play a fundamental part
in ensuring that the benefits of the Objective One Programme
are fully realised. We hope to report on positive outcomes
arising from the issues discussed at the first 'Planning
for Prosperity' conference, in addition to debating further
planning related matters."
The second 'Planning for Prosperity' conference
will be chaired by Chris Murray, the Director of Learning
and Development at the Commission for Architecture and the
Built Environment. The panel of ten speakers include Richard
Bayly, Director of the Government Office for the South West
(Devon and Cornwall); Mark Jones, Head of Spatial Planning
for Cornwall County Council; Nigel Smith, Acting Chief Executive
of the Camborne, Pool, Redruth Urban Regeneration Company,
and representatives from a wide range of planning disciplines
The all-day conference starts at 9.30am and will end at 4pm
with a series of key questions that private sector representatives
will pose to delegates from the public sector in order to
improve communication during the planning process in Cornwall.
Cornwall Business Partnership is the umbrella body for all
the major business representative organisations in Cornwall.
Its role is to act as the single business voice for Cornwall.
It is recognised by such bodies as the Government Office for
the South West and the South West Regional Development Agency.
For further information, please contact:
Cornwall Business Partnership
Tel: 01752 843480
John Baker Communications
PO Box 5
Tel: 01752 849839
Mobile: 07710 147395
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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