Event Takeaway: Connecting Places

Event Takeaway


Our event takeaways are compiled into a useful booklet that summarises our year’s events and offer a useful glimpse into the excellent ideas, wonderful examples and challenging propositions we have enjoyed. You can visit our Resource page to download a copy of past Takeaway booklets.

Here are our main takeaways from the Connecting Places event:

  • When masterplanning it is important to cluster amenities together, such as placing schools and health centres near each other. This can help create a sense of community and also encourage walking between different uses.

  • It is crucial to consider how people access employment areas. Offer safe and pleasant routes, using a network of green and open spaces which can also help to bring the community to a space.

  • Listen carefully and include the community. Make sure the direct benefits of a large scale development are shared with the existing local community.

  • Communication is key. During the construction phase work with developers to mitigate and manage congestion and environmental impacts.

  • Make walking the most attractive and enjoyable means of travel for short journeys, particularly at the neighbourhood scale.

  • Consider where people want to go. It’s not always about how walkable an area is from the station. Consider using TfL’s PedShed analysis tool, which puts walking at the heart of neighbourhoods and provides a way to measure walkability based on people’s daily routes.


Colin Wilson, Old Kent Road Regeneration, LB Southwark
Emily Read, Regeneration Manager, LB Haringey
Patricia Charleton, Growth Area Planning, TfL
Frances Alder, Growth Area Planning, TfL
Christopher Lovewell, Principal Planner, TfL
Sam Richards, Head of Urban Integration, Crossrail
Andy Martin, Urban Designer, TfL        
Sheeba Shetty, Urban Designer, TfL  



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