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Let's Talk About South Woodham Ferrers

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A salon of observations, thoughts and ideas about the south Essex town, from it’s origins in the plotlands, to its Essex Design Guide flagship redevelopment, through to the challenges and opportunities it faces today.

- Expanding in a single generation from a small village of plot lands heritage to a settlement of 18,000 residents, how can the unofficial ‘new town’ reconcile it’s single-generation 1980s development with the increasing housing demands of the wider area, spiralling house prices and the novel pressures of the coming decades.

- As a ‘pram town’ that has in recent years seen a shift towards a more average demographic, many of the 3, 4, 5 bed semi- and detached family homes are increasingly underused. In a contemporary situation where we as a society have a great need for space, what opportunities does this ‘spare’ space offer for the reinvention of an new equitable and accessible future for the suburban dream?

- Now that Essex councils are beginning to set aside the Essex Design Guides and relinquish aesthetic control of new developments, what is the contemporary relevance of the design guide and pattern book format, and what opportunities might these documents still offer for shaping our neighbourhoods and homes?

The event will kick off with a quickfire round of talks, followed by a roundtable discussion chaired by David Knight, with invited guests including Ken Worpole, John Frankland, Gillian Darley, Tim Burrows and members of the South Woodham Ferrers Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

- Charles Holland is the principal of Charles Holland Architects. Before forming CHA, Charles was a founding director of Ordinary Architecture and a director of FAT. Whilst at FAT he was the director in charge of a number of key projects including A House For Essex, the practice's collaboration with Grayson Perry. Alongside, he is a professor at the University of Brighton and writes a monthly column for the RIBA Journal.

- Gillian Darley is a writer, speaker and broadcaster interested in combining an understanding of the aspirations of the present with an interest in the achievements of the past. She has been both President of the Twentieth Century Society and chair of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), has been architectural correspondent Observer and writes a monthly column for Building Design.

- John Frankland was part of Essex County Council's Urban Design group and worked on the town in its inception and construction. A long-time local resident, he is the chair and founding member of the South Woodham Ferrers Local History Society and author of South Woodham Ferrers: A Pictorial History.

- Emma Twine is a graduate researcher on MPhil Architecture & Urban Design at the University of Cambridge. Her thesis research is exploring how reinventing the suburban dream could forge a radical new suburbia of affordability & equitability, and how us homeowners can take the space crisis into our own hands.


The Let’s Talk About series is cohosted by DK-CM and the New Suburban Society.

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