Planning Out, in association with FieldFisher and BECG, is delighted to launch an LGBT+ Placemaking Toolkit to support the protection and development of LGBT+ spaces and places.
The toolkit will be launched by London’s first Night Czar, Amy Lame, at a reception at City Hall on Friday 12th July, sponsored by BECG.
Planning Out were prompted to create the toolkit by the findings of a study released by UCL Urban Laboratory in 2017. The study found that in the previous ten years alone, nearly 60 per cent of LGBT+ clubs, bars and performance spaces in London had closed, dropping from 125 to 53. Planning Out believes that LGBT+ venues and businesses provide a rich and diverse array of facilities and services, which don’t just support the lives of the LGBT+ community, but enrich the overall fabric of our society. In London, the UCL findings have helped to inform the preparation of the Mayor’s Cultural Infrastructure Plan.
This provides valuable policy and decision-making support for the protection and promotion of creative and cultural areas, including for LGBT+ uses. There have also been a string of important planning decisions in recent years that have highlighted novel and innovative ways of achieving greater protection for LGBT+ places and spaces. We realised that there was a need to bring these various resources together into one central place of reference – and to make it useful for LGBT+ communities outside London as well.
Chris Ricot of Planning Out, commented: “The LGBT+ community has enriched our built environment for many years and has made cities such as London cultural hubs. LGBT+ spaces and places have attracted people from all around the world to cities such as London and Brighton. To preserve our vibrant culture and to celebrate our LGBT+ communities, we must protect spaces and places which our crucial for the prosperity of our cities.
Both national and local government realise this contribution, and we hope our placemaking toolkit can assist with policy and decision making when it comes to protection and promotion to these creative and cultural hotspots.”
We would be grateful for your feedback on the toolkit to incorporate into future updates. Please contact Chris Ricot, Account Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.