Peter Murray
EVENT - Talk

Create Streets is a social enterprise that encourages the creation of more urban homes in conventional, terraced streets rather than complex multi-storey buildings as well as greater, constructive, public influence on the planning and development system. They do this through research, arguing for policy change, and consulting to councils, developers, communities and landowners. According to Sir Simon Jenkins, former Chair of the National Trust, ‘Create Streets speaks London’s language.’

Create Streets’ core argument is that more conventional development: would be more popular, thus reducing resistance to new development; is provably better correlated with good wellbeing outcomes; can easily provide the density we need to solve the housing crisis; and is actually a better long-term investment. They also believe that the UK planning system is fundamentally mis-designed being both too complex and unpredictable but also systemically failing to mediate between what gets built and what people actually like in the built environment.


Nicholas Boys Smith, the founding Director of Create Streets, will set out Create Streets’ research into correlations between built form and popularity, wellbeing, density and value as well as making the case for a more predictable, more popular development model. Nicholas has lectured on Create Street’s findings at various universities and presented them in a wide range of speeches and media. Nicholas is a Commissioner at Historic England and a Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham. An occasional columnist on Building magazine, he  has been described by the Architects’ Journal as a ‘leading figure’ on issues to do with the built environment.

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