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Discussion on future growth in Forest Row/ LDF and Transition initiatives

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Discussion on future growth in Forest Row/ LDF and Transition initiatives

Time: August 24, 2009 from 8pm to 9pm
Location: Brambletye Hotel / Function room
Street: The Square
City/Town: Forest Row
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Phone: 01342 824144
Event Type: discussion
Organized By: Diego Portales
Latest Activity: Aug 20, 2009

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Event Description

A discussion on the implications of the current LDF (local development framework) process and specifically in regards to Forest Row, and possible ways to integrate the ideas and aspirations of the Transition Forest Row group with the possible process of growth/no growth for Forest Row in the next coming years.
Come an explore ideas on how to integrate a more sustainable and less fuel-dependant village/town with the possible growth to be allocated in our village through the LDF process.
Is it possible for the village to come up with a real sustainable and environmentally friendly growth plan that could argue the case for delivering an exemplary quality of development?
How can our community benefit from from the growth process to come over the next 20 years?
An opportunity to debate this extremely relevant subject for the future of the Transition group and our community as a whole.

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Comment by Mike Grenville on August 19, 2009 at 20:41
The urgency of this meeting is that the current consultation is the last opportunity that the general public will have to contribute their idease into the LDF, and it expires at 5pm on 28th August.
Comment by Jonathan Morris on August 20, 2009 at 8:48
You might be leaving it a bit late to form a Policy response to this

The environmental lobbies for Planning change seem to broadly fall into two categories depending on the energy model that one advocates:

1: Those that advocate centralised power distribution leading to dense city populations allowing the lowest possible building emissions combined with low travel needs. This strategy is ideally suited to Nuclear combined with a renewables proportion. Although Prescott's PPGs and PPSs are not strictly compatible with the EWP and CHB, the regulatory mechanisms that spooled out from the EWP (such as the CSH) lead to the development of new high density house types that are well insulated and located around transport hubs.

2: Those that advocate a decentralised energy supply model: This type of model can take a higher proportion of renewable technology but requires local communities (particularly existing older stock) to have access to renewable power and, in particular, thermal storage (which dense city populations can not do for technical reasons). New communities along this model would have to take advantage of advanced working methods such as internet home working to reduce travel patterns.

Useful documents you may be able to reference in this respect can be found at:

and possibly also (for the Opposition point of view whose energy policy tends, at the moment, to favour Transition)

There's many other references you could bring in but the first two above provide the most recent and most compelling opportunity to bring in government strategy that could not have been considered by an LDF (largely because they were only published a couple of weeks ago)

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