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City Mayor to speak as part of lecture series at De Montfort University

Published on Wednesday, November 29, 2017

AN event exploring the built environment and public health has added Leicester Mayor Peter Soulsby to its list of speakers. 

De Montfort University is hosting the sold-out public event – the last in this year’s City Series lectures examining a range of urban topics – on Wednesday, December 6, from 6pm to 7.30pm.

Entitled ‘The Architecture of a Healthy City’, it will look at the various factors of the physical environment and the roles of public health leaders in creating a healthy, thriving city.

Associate Professor in Architecture at DMU, Neil Stacey, will be investigating whether architecture can improve health, while Leicester City Council’s deputy director of public health, Ivan Browne, will discuss the cross-discipline requirements and challenges of delivering better public health in present-day Leicester. 

There will also be a question and answer session.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby will also take to the stage to outline the progress so far on developing the new Local Plan, which will be used to guide planning and land use policies up to 2031.

The public consultation on the first stages of the Local Plan has already involved public exhibitions, online comments and meetings with residents, businesses and community groups.

The deadline for the consultation is also being extended to Sunday, December 17, to ensure that any views or ideas generated from the City Series lecture can be incorporated. 

The City Series is a programme of public lectures in Leicester covering a wide range of urban topics and organised by Leicester Urban Observatory – a collaboration between Leicester City Council, DMU, the University of Leicester and Loughborough University.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The Local Plan will have a wide-ranging effect on Leicester’s building and land use over the coming years, including areas such as the location and amount of student accommodation, employment land and transport, so we really want to include the views of as many people in the city as possible.

“That will give us the best chance of ensuring that all views will be represented and taken forward to the next stage of decision making.

“This final lecture in the City Series is looking at both public health and Leicester’s built environment, both of which are closely linked with how we develop the city over the next 10-15 years, so we would very much value the views of those attending.” 

The public consultation on the local plan has so far received well over 700 responses from public exhibitions, more than 150 formal responses online, and thousands of online views via the city council's social media sites.