At our next talk via Zoom on Tuesday, 2nd March at 7.30 pm our guest speaker will be
Professor Gavin Parker, Chair of Planning Studies at the Henley Business School, University of Reading. His talk is entitled The Current Planning Reforms: Implications for Dorchester’.

Professor Parker will provide a short introduction to the current planning reforms and then spend most of the session responding to questions from the floor. Topics that might be covered in the Q&A session include:

* what the reforms mean for Dorchester
* planning in a national park context
* front loading of public participation
* the three development ‘zones’
* using codification in a complex world

Gavin Parker is a chartered planner who maintains a strong research interest in citizenship, participation and governance in land, planning and development. In 2020 he was elected as Chair of the New Forest National Park Authority. His listed specialisms include:
Expertise in planning, Neighbourhood planning; Community engagement and planning, Countryside planning, Local decision making, Land and property rights; Land use conflict.

Members will be sent the joining link via email, if you are not a member and wish to come to the talk please email the secretary at who will be in contact with you.