Apr 01 2014

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Farrell Review calls for landscape to play a key role in future planning

Farrell Review April 1st-1Sir Terry Farrell has called for landscape to be given a key role in future planning in his Review published yesterday, The report was commissioned by Culture Secretary Ed Vaisey last year as an independent investigation into architecture and the built environment and Farrell concludes that a new understanding of ‘place’ is needed, which brings together planning, landscape, architecture, conservation and engineering professionals in a joined-up approach.

The report recognises that the public realm has suffered under the current planning system and calls for “a revolution in the planning system to make it proactive rather than reactive, anticipating rather than responding to the future needs of our towns and cities.” Farrell has also called for landscape architects and other professional to be involved with reviews of existing high streets, mega-hospitals, housing estates and infrastructure projects as part of a PLACE Leadership Council, and has recommended that a Chief Architect is appointed, reporting to the DCMS and the DCLG.

The President of the Landscape Institute Sue Illman said the report was “a major step forward in recognising the need to fully integrate planning and design” and welcomed the proposal to create PLACE review panels. She added that:

“Landscape architecture addresses both the built and the natural environment, therefore the commitment to a new level of connectedness between institutes and government departments, a theme echoed in our recent letter to the Prime Minister on the prevention of flooding, is welcomed. A considered and integrated approach to how we create, plan and manage places is a highly desirable way forward.”

Farrell said:

“This is the century of global city making and urbanisation on a scale never seen before with an amount of development equivalent to a city the size of Birmingham being built every week around the world. At the same time, a new era of intellectual and cultural exchange between cities is emerging. Our world-renowned institutions, agencies and professionals should be at the forefront of this, while recognising we have much to learn from others”.

To download a copy of the report go to: http://www.farrellreview.co.uk/download

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