Working Party for Planning & Infrastructure

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Planning Objectives

  • Review and summarise recent and relevant air quality research relating to land use and placemaking 
  • Improve planning statute, guidance and regulation to reflect air quality research fully 
  • ‘Home Buyers’ report to reference an air quality index

Guest Speaker:

David Horsfall, Property Director, Webster and Horsfall Group and Director of Tyseley Energy Park

A Chartered Surveyor with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and a Royal Town Planning Institute member. Having worked within the development industry for ten years, David joined Webster & Horsfall in 2008 to lead the delivery of Tyseley Energy Park (TEP).

Since 2008 David has been working with industry, academics and local government, harnessing the vision, passion and innovation of stakeholders from across the region to create a first of a kind Energy Park that will deliver low and zero-carbon power, transport, heat, waste and recycling solutions to underpin the transition to a low or zero carbon future.

UKs first Low and Zero Carbon Refuelling Station at Tyseley Energy Park, Birmingham.

  • I will describe the process we went through to set up the UK’s first multi-fuel, open-access, low and zero-carbon fuel refuelling station 
  • I will explain how we are engaging commercial fleet, public transport fleet and private vehicles. 
  • I will illustrate our plans to expand our network in the future and lessons learnt along the way.

‘Born out of Webster and Horsfall’s 300-year-old manufacturing business, TEP continues the theme of industrial innovation and seeks to create new systems and collaborative working opportunities that ensure Birmingham is the epicentre of the new green industrial revolution,’ commented David.

Chair for Planning & Infrastructure – Dr Louise Brooke-Smith OBE, FRICS, MRTPI

Louise has over 30-years’ experience across the property, land use and construction sectors within the UK and overseas. Previously a Partner of Arcadis LLP – UK Head of Development & Strategic Planning, she now holds numerous Non-Executive Directorships and advisory roles.

As the first female RICS Global President (2014-15), Louise led a series of groundbreaking property-related initiatives and championed diversity and inclusivity. She is a Freeman of the City of London and was National Construction Achiever (2015). Louise holds Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Wolverhampton, Sheffield Hallam and Birmingham City. Louise was awarded the OBE in 2019 for services to the built environment.

 In this era of COVID-19, there is a significantly increased awareness of the how the design and management of our housing stock directly relates to our mental and physical wellbeing. The air quality around our homes is paramount and our goal is to identify how planning policy and changes in regulations can directly respond to and influence air quality and the need for that quality to be as high as possible.

Dr. Louise Brooke-Smith, Chair of the Working Party for Planning