Urbanism Awards: Lord Matthew Taylor to speak

Lord and former Liberal Democrat MP who is shaping ideas on future Garden Cities to speak at this year’s Urbanism Awards ceremony in London on 8 November

Throughout his 23 years as a Liberal Democrat MP, Lord Taylor took a strong interest in policy development, communications and political strategy. This included his role as Special Advisor on Sustainable Rural Communities (Land Use & Planning), which culminated in the publication of the Taylor Review, Living Working Countryside (June 2008).

Made a Life Peer in 2010, Lord Taylor was in 2012 asked by the government to lead an independent review of the whole of the government’s planning practice guidance. His recommendations, published at the end of 2012 were accepted, leading to the creation of a completely new, web based guidance suite replacing all of the older material, bringing it up to date an in line with the National Planning Policy Framework.

Lord Taylor continues to pursue his interest in sustainable communities, housing, the environment and strategic communications. Recently, he has been working with the Academy to develop a handbook for future Garden Cities. His Policy Exchange report in 2015 advocating Garden Towns and Villages was adopted as Government policy in the March 2016 Budget.

The Urbanism Awards Ceremony will run from 17:30-22:00 on Wednesday 8 November 2017 in London. Tickets are available to purchase by all.

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Image of Lord Matthew Taylor from libdems.org.uk

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