Phil Jones debates people before profit
Phil Jones was part of a celebrated panel at this year’s Ecobuild, debating the topic 'People before Profit’ in front of a packed out audience.read more...
Joining Phil on the panel were Ken Livingstone, the former mayor of London; Chris Brown, the Chief Executive of Igloo Regeneration; Lord Richard Best, President of the Local Government Association, and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People; and Tim Gill, owner of Rethinking Childhood. The panel was chaired by the televison broadcaster Louise Minchin.
The panellists debated the complex issues around designing and planning a successful town according to the diverse needs of its inhabitants, as well as meeting the ‘bottom line’ profit requirement for the developer.
Phil Jones said: “It was great to be involved with EcoBuild and part of such a fantastic panel debate. Each of my fellow panellists had a different perspective, but it was useful to look together at how people-focused development can be achieved. New towns and urban extensions are crucial to increasing housebuilding rates and solving this housing crisis which at present deepens each year. Proper planning for these areas is a real necessity, and provides an opportunity to make sustainable places with infrastructure that will effectively serve their communities well into the future.”