Archive Events

Jul 11 2013 | 10:00
Jul 11 2013 | 16:00

Topics, Tactics and Tools

The Moller Centre, Storey's Way, Cambridge, CB3 0DE


Culture First have been working through The Chief Cultural and Leisure Officers Association (cCLOA) in partnership with the Town & Country Planning Association (TCPA) to develop a good practice guide on planning for culture and sport. The morning session focused on Improving culture, arts and sporting opportunities through planning an authoritative resource for planners and culture and sport practitioners in England.

Additionally, the Arts Council and The National Archives have supported the creation of a series of case studies Regenerating places and communities through culture that highlight how archives, libraries, museums and arts venues can enhance localities in a host of ways; by creating landmark buildings to showcase important  collections, offering new facilities and activities to benefit the community, supporting the visitor economy, and creating a strong sense of place and a focus for a positive expression of local identity. 


The National Planning Policy Framework sets out policies on delivering sustainable development in the planning system and draws particular attention to the provision of physical, social, cultural, heritage, environmental and sporting facilities and opportunities, and promoting collaborative working with key delivery partners. As a Core Planning Principle, it states that planning should take account of and support local strategies to improve health, social and cultural well-being for all, and deliver sufficient community and cultural facilities and services to meet local needs’.

Speakers presentations and notes from the morning session:

Introduction - Heidi Bellamy, Director Culture First & Policy Development Manager for cCLOA.

The good practice planning guide - Michael Chang, Planning Policy Officer, TCPA

Case studies: Local best practice examples of planning for culture, arts and sport

  • Letchworth Garden City - John Lewis, Chief Executive, Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation (coming soon!)

  • Cambourne Community Arts Strategy - Richard Brown, Arts Development Manager, Comberton Village College

Evidence base: assessing needs and provision - John Berry, Planning Manager, Sport England

Opportunities for public sector/develop partnerships - Alex Homfray, Director, BOP Consulting

Speakers presentations and notes from afternoon workshops

Measuring social value in culture & sport organisations - Matrix Associate Judith Barker on Social Return on Investment specifically for the culture and sport sector. 

Engaging in strategic commissioning -  this briefing session gave an overview of the tools to help you better engage with strategic commissioning and included a case study from Luton Culture outlining how they have been commissioned to provide activities for clients in receipt of day care. 

Efficiency and effectiveness in sport and leisure provision - Sport England's session looksed at how local authorities can reduce their subsidy for sport and leisure while still maintaining service provision.   

Consortium working - How this collaborative approach can benefit culture and sport organisations and the successfully community budgeting initiative delivered by cs3 in libraries. 

EU funding for culture - Information about the types of support offered, including ‘cooperation projects’, eligibility and funding strand details.

Our thanks go to East of England Local Government Association for supporting this event by providing a superb venue and generous hospitality.