Belper to host planning conference

Belper is set to mould the future of town centre design as it hosts a conference for planners and architects later this month.

Issues such as climate change, flooding, and integrating new and old houses will be discussed at the conference, which has been organised by the Belper Civic Forum.

Local residents have also been invited to the one-day event, which will give the people of Belper the opportunity to shape their town.

East Midlands representatives from the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Royal Institute of British Architects will attend the day, which is set to take place on Friday, October 24, at St Peter's Church, on Chesterfield Road.

The morning of the conference will be taken up by general issues including the latest in urban designs and making space for water.

A spokesman for the civic forum said the focus of the afternoon will then turn to Belper, and the town's roll in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. There will also be a walk around the Belper Conservation Area in the morning.

Janet Honey, chairwoman of the Belper Civic Forum, said: "This is a rare opportunity for us to bring some of the region's top planners to Belper, show them what we have, and hear why it's so important that new buildings are designed to a very high quality of design appropriate to the historic context of the world's first cotton mill town."

Tickets for the day will cost 20 for local residents, and 5 for members of Belper Civic Forum. All tickets include lunch.

The day will begin with the optional walk around the town at 9.15am, and will run until 4.30pm.

To register, or for more details, call 01773 822888.