LISW February Newsletter

 February 2019

Second newsletter of the year!

How is it the end of February already!  We hope you have all had a good and productive start to the year.  The LISW committee have welcomed a number of new members recently and we have all been busy planning the events for the year ahead.


We will introduce our new committee at the AGM and CPD day which is fast approaching,  however If you would like to get involved, have an event you would like to suggest or wish to support the committee, in whatever capacity, please get in touch!

Up coming events….

We have an number of exciting events coming up over the next couple of months, we look forward to seeing you there….

High density or high liveability?: Monday 25th February 2019 – 7pm

Waterside 3, Watershed, Bristol, BS1 5TX

The future of urban neighbourhoods: high density or high liveability? – a talk by Finlay McNab, urban design practitioner and director at Streets Reimagined.  Sarah Jones-Morris, Chair of the LISW will be joining as a panellist.

…national planning policy now recommends planning applications should be refused where developments fail to make efficient use of land. Bristol and the West of England is no exception to this challenge. Bristol’s planning policy identifies ‘Urban Living’ as a ‘central plank’ of its strategy.

What are the implications for this step change in density levels for urban neighbourhoods in Bristol? How will it affect how city residents live, share space and move around their city in the future?

Rounded Rectangle: Book a ticket for high density or high livability

Role and Purpose of Design Review Panels: Landscape Architects,

Thursday 28th February 2019 6pm- 7.30pm

The LISW is hosting a panel debate and Q+A session about the role and purpose of design reviews with a focus on landscape architects.  Design review by an independent panel of experts is an increasing part of the pre-application planning process now embedded in the NPPF, where the expertise of landscape architects is much needed to help steer and inform future development.  The event will be held in Exeter and panellists include review members for the Bristol Urban Design Forum and Creating Excellence South West.

Rounded Rectangle: Book a ticket for the Design Review Panel event

LISW AGM & CPD DAY: Future Landscapes-Planting for people, place and nature

Wednesday 3rd April 2019 9am- 5pm

This year’s AGM & CPD Day will focus on planting for people, place and nature, and how planting can effect our future landscapes.

We have a number of exciting speakers lined up, including Nigel Dunnett from Sheffield University speaking about planting design, speakers on urban pollinators and mass planting for woodland and roads, as well as Bonningales Nursery on planting specification.

Please see link below for further information and to buy tickets.

 Tickets will go on sale week commencing 25th Feb 2019


  • Councils across the country are to benefit from more than £13 million funding to breathe new life in to our green spaces for the benefit of all. Click HERE for more info.


  • A guide has been produced by the Environment Agency, the Forestry Commission, Historic England and Natural England on ‘Neighborhood planning for the Environment‘ which details how to consider the environment in Neighborhood Plans.

As ever, should you have any queries, suggestions or contributions for future newsletters, or would like to get in touch about LISW events, do let us know on or via the social media links below.


Best wishes


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