Podcast: city, country, suburb?

Published 16 June 2015

With a panel including a surveyor, an academic, an urban design expert and the head of a charity, this talk tackles the issue of where to build new housing.

  • As prices soar and cities become ever more prone to densification, the major political parties all agree on the need to build more homes, but where? Garden cities? Loosen the green belt? How can we plan for new housing in a way that’s able to withstand vested interests whilst remaining democratically accountable? This is an issue concerning the whole nation, with “passions involved” on both a local and personal level.

    Our panel of experts discusses Britain’s options.


    James Goff – Chairman, Stirling Ackroyd
    Loretta Lees – Professor of Human Geography, University of Leicester
    David Rudlin – Director, URBED; winner of Wolfson Economics Prize 2014
    Shaun Spiers – Chief Executive, Campaign to Protect Rural England
    Owen Hopkins (chair) – RA Architecture Programme Manager