Upcoming Events

Unless otherwise indicated, all talks start at 7:30.

All events are free but non-members of the society are encouraged to make a donation of £3.

Talk – Tuesday 7th September 2021 – The Potential Contribution of Urban Greening to a Post-COVID Dorchester

At our next ‘live’ talk on Tuesday, 7th September at 7.30 pm our guest speaker will be Richard Bradford. His talk is entitled ‘The Potential Contribution of Urban Greening to a Post-COVID Dorchester’.

Richard will provide a short overview of the benefits and issues involved in ‘greening’ urban areas like Dorchester and seek to stimulate discussion of what can be done in the County Town in the coming years.

Richard Bradford is an experienced conservation advisor who works in Dorset and Somerset. He has held positions with the RSPB, Somerset County Council, English Nature and as a consultant in private practice. He holds degrees in Botany from the University of Nottingham and and Landscape Design from Birmingham City University.

The talk will also be accessible via ZOOM and 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 info@dorchestercivicsociety.org.uk who will be in contact with you.

The Current Planning Reforms: Implications for Dorchester – Online Talk

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 info@dorchestercivicsociety.org.uk who will be in contact with you.