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September 2018

Sustainable Development? - have your say

Dear <<Name>>
The summer holiday season is over - hope you had lots of fun, and remember there's still plenty to enjoy outdoors in The Living Coast (see 'Nature Now' and 'Eco Events' below).

There's lots of attention being given by policy-makers and planners to how we will live in the future, to encourage us to be prepared and resilient despite the significant uncertainties that we presently face.

We ran a workshop event recently on how we can conserve and enhance our stock of "natural capital" in the context of the city's continued growth and new development.
Have a read of the Bio Blog (excerpt below) by one of the event's main speakers to find out more on what was discussed there and his manifesto for sustainable urban regeneration. 

Our focus on Planning this month includes us being involved in the development of planning policy by the city council to promote its environmental sustainability. You too can have your say on planning the future of Brighton & Hove's development up to 2030 by commenting on the Draft City Plan Part 2, as well as on the outline Urban Design Framework also, by the consultation deadline of 13th September.   

Lastly, you can take part in a fun competition by
getting on your bike as part of Cycle September to have a chance of winning some great prizes - see our Spotlight article for details. 

Hoping you can help us to develop a more sustainable future,

Rich Howorth
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership
Bio Blog - Growing our Living City
by Steffen Lehmann, Cluster for Sustainable Cities

By 2030 another 20,000 people are forecast to live in Brighton & Hove, and this population growth will place additional demands upon the local environment and community whilst also providing opportunities for high-quality urban regeneration.

The ‘Vision 2030’ event ‘Growing our Living City’ in July explored possible futures for the local environment and urban sustainability as Brighton & Hove grows with new planned development from the seafront and city centre to its neighbourhoods and urban fringe.

I have written an ‘Urban Manifesto’ on how to maximise social and environmental benefits from urban regeneration of the UK’s cities, based upon ten urban principles that focus on the characteristics of what makes a “good place”.

How can we best transform the derelict, abandoned and run-down parts of cities back into places where people want to live, work and play?
I advocate “high density without high buildings” as a solution that will make our cities compact, walkable, mixed-use and vibrant again...
Read Blog
WoW! - Window on Our World
Major Development Areas - a number of places are the subject of significant new built developments currently, including...
WoW! - read on
Eco Events
Get involved with some lovely things happening in September, such as: 
- 'Bioblitz' recording, Woods Mill - 1st am
- Autumn tree ID walk, Stanmer - 8th am
- Apple Pressing, Lewes - 8th pm
- Farm Heritage open day, Saddlescombe - 9th  
- Downland birds walk, Southease - 15th am
- Apple Day, Stanmer - 23rd pm
- Fossil Festival, Lewes - 23rd pm 

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Nature Now

Autumn is on its way - with cooler nights, fresh dewy mornings and nature's annual harvest of fruits
What's happening in nature?
Volunteering & Jobs
Voluntary and work opportunities available at present include:
- Project Co-ordinator for Bio-Cultural Heritage Tourism Biospheres project, job located in Devon
- Stanmer Apple Day volunteers for Brighton Permaculture Trust
- Volunteer Path Wardens to Adopt-A-Path for Brighton & Hove City Council

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