The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Knighton Neighbourhood Forum will be on Thursday 15th February at 7.30 pm in the Main Hall at Knighton Parish Centre, Church Lane, Knighton, Leicester LE2 3WG.
- Welcome and Introductions
- Minutes of Previous AGM
- Financial Report
- Chair’s Report
- Elections of Officers and Steering Committee (Downloadable Nomination Form)
- Launch of Working Group on Housing and Planning
- Guest Speaker – Professor Rick Greenough – “How will the electrification of heat and transport affect the design of future cities?”
At a recent meeting, when we looked at how what we know about Knighton now informs the policies that we might want to put in place, one of the discussion groups made the point that a lot of change is anticipated over the next 20 years, and it is difficult to make policies now that will be right for the technologies that will be in use then. An example is the way that the use of electric, driverless cars could change the way that people use cars and reduce the need to own cars, and therefore to use land for garages, hard standings etc.
In response to this comment we have invited Professor Rick Greenough, Head of the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD) at De Montfort University to talk at the AGM. The title of Rick’s talk will be: “How will the electrification of heat and transport affect the design of future cities?”
Rick will talk about Energy and how changes in the way we power our lives will affect the design of housing and transport. He says, “Two major shifts in the energy landscape are electrification of heat and electrification of mobility. It’s easy to imagine that this just means heat pumps and electric cars, but if we take a ‘whole systems’ approach, it includes the way we design (and retrofit) buildings, the way we plan for mass transit, or cycling and walking, the way we live and the places we choose to develop, etc.”
Come along to hear more about developments in energy technologies and the impact they may have on urban design.