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Geography: Urban Development and Sustainability: A Debate led by Joe Doak, Associate Professor of Urban Planning & Development, and Dr Emily Archer, Henley Business School

25th June 2015 @ 23:30

Henley Business School


Property development and land management often generate conflicts between different interests. New housing development can take farmland, generate traffic, affect the amenity of local residents but also provide much-needed homes. Wind-farms in the open countryside can impact on landscape quality, affect wildlife, create noise but also help reduce our carbon footprint. Both forms of development can create profit for landowners and developers, but might also offer other benefits to local communities and other interests. The mediation and resolution of these conflicting objectives and interests is an important part of the work undertaken by surveyors and planners in their daily practice. An understanding of the views and needs of different interests is now a necessary part of the education of surveyors/planners, as are the negotiation skills required to effectively mediate these conflicts of interest.

Session Outline

After an introductory lecture exploring urban development and sustainability in the UK, participants will complete a short exercise which will involve preparing for a debate about proposed housing development on the edge of Reading, Berkshire. Each school will be allocated to an interest group. As a school team you need to decide if you are for or against the proposed development and will need to work together in your allocated interest groups to prepare a presentation of no more than 5 minutes with 3-4 key points arguing your position. A panel of judges including Joe Doak, Associate Professor of Urban Planning & Development at University of Reading (chair), Dr Emily Archer, Pathways to Property Project Manager and a leading industry expert (University of Reading graduate) will then ask questions before deciding on a winning team.

The session aims to:

• develop an understanding of the different stakeholders involved in real estate development;

• highlight the need to be aware of and, where appropriate, accommodate the demands of different interests; and

• allow participants to develop an approach for effective negotiation using a ‘real-life’ example from real estate practice.


Pathways to Property: The session will be delivered as part of Pathways to Property programme, an industry supported initiative at the University of Reading to widen access to the property profession and Real Estate & Planning courses at the University of Reading. The programme includes a range of aspiration raising activities. For further information please visit www.reading.ac.uk/pathways-to-property


Session Leader Biography: Joe Doak

Suitable for: Year 12s studying Geography, Business, Economics, Planning and Development, Sustainability.

Preparation/Pre-reading: A double sided handout will be provided in advance introducing some of the topics which will be covered in the session.


25th June 2015
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