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Food and Spatial Planning: How planning can support a healthy and sustainable food system

On Friday 15th July Local Action on Food held the “Food and Spatial Planning” conference at University College London.  This event explored themes around spatial planning and food systems with a specific focus on how planning professionals can incorporate food more widely in their work. 

Some of the presentations can be downloaded below, and more detailed notes can be obtained by emailing

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Agenda for Food and Spatial Planning Conference



Introduction to food and spatial planning

Sitopia - Shaping the world through food

Carolyn Steel, Architect, Lecturer and Writer

The role of planning in food planning
Kevin Morgan, Professor of Governance and Development, School of City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University

Planning and food in Brighton & Hove
Francesca Iliffe, Sustainability Officer, Planning Department, Brighton & Hove City Council & Clare Devereux, Director, Food Matters

Changes to the planning system: opportunities and challenges
Helen Rimmer, Food Campaigner, Friends of the Earth

Workshop on Healthy Food Retail

Collecting Evidence: Retail Mapping in Newham
Sophie Donaldson, Principal Planner, Spatial Planning and Regeneration Policy, London Borough of Newham

Health and spatial planning in Bristol
Stephen Hewitt, Specialist Professional Planner, (Healthy Living/Health Improvement), Bristol City Council

Workshop on Food Growing

Non Commercial food growing   
Paola Guzman, Project Officer, Capital Growth

Urban Food: Barriers and solutions. The role of green infrastructure
Emma Deen & Andrew Tempany, Land Use Consultants

Plymouth City Council and food growing
John Dixon, Planning Delivery Manager, Plymouth City Council

Local Action on Food: The Local Action on Food network was run as part of the Big Lottery funded Making Local Food Work programme, 2007 to 2012. It has now closed.

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