Series 3

All Talks at Porthmeor Studios. Doors open 6.30 for 7.00pm 


Marcus Healan. Tuesday 28th January. The St Ives Area Local Plan

Marcus Healan, Senior Development Officer, Cornwall Council since 2004. Previously worked at Cornwall Rural Community Council, with experience of Parish Planning and community consultation events.
Main role at Cornwall Council includes work on Town Framework Plans and Local Planning.

My presentation will focus on the Cornwall Local Plan, looking at the Hayle and St Ives community network area and implications for St Ives. I will also touch on the relationship between the Local Plan, the St Ives Framework Plan and the emerging Neighbourhood Plan.

Dave Slater. Tuesday 4th February.  “Improving design quality in Cornwall”

Dave will introduce the Cornwall Design Guide and the emerging housing standards and then look at how in developing a neighbourhood plan or similar a community might use these tools to look critically at their place in order to direct positive change.

Dave is a qualified architect and town planner.Prior to moving to Cornwall, Dave worked for Swindon Borough Council firstly as an architect designing sheltered housing and community buildings and latterly as a town planner, directing the towns southern expansion, a masterplan for the town centre and its successful bid for an urban regeneration company.Dave joined the Camborne Pool and Redruth Urban Regeneration Company in 2003 as Planning and Development Manager overseeing the production of a number of related masterplans for the area as well as establishing a Planning Liaison Group to engage with different statutory bodies to resolve issues prior to planning applications being made.Seconding to Kerrier District Council, Dave established a Major Projects Team to develop planning briefs and masterplans for key regeneration sites and help the Council respond proactively and positively to the regeneration opportunities in CPR.

Dave is currently a Group Leader in Cornwall Council’s Planning Delivery Team and in addition to proactively managing, coordinating and directing development projects, has taken on the responsibility for the Council’s planning design guides and Design Review Panel.

Nick Cahill. Tuesday 11th February. St.Ives …a sort of minor English Constantinople…’

Nick Cahill will look more closely as to what lies below and behind some of the themes already explored by previous talks – in particular, if architecture and planning are all about understanding and  responding to context and place, and how that has changed – how do we establish the facts of that context and sense of place – especially as seen from the perspective of history.

Nick is currently Historic Environment Policy & Information Team Leader at Cornwall Council. Although, as a former Listing fieldworker for English Heritage, or in undertaking vernacular building surveys for the National Trust, as a local authority conservation officer, or in private practice, much of my professional work has been with historic buildings – actually most of my work and academic interest over the past 30 years or so, has been in looking at historic settlements and landscapes, from the point of view of both their archaeology, history and development, and their current character and the issues facing them.

Mark Pearson. Tuesday 18th February 2014Old and New: Places and the Pursuit of Good Quality

The St Ives are pleased to announce that Trust Talks Series 3 will conclude on 18th February 2014 with a talk given by Mark Pearson.

Mark Pearson is the independent chair of the Cornwall Design Review Panel. He is an architect and urbanist and has a small practice in partnership with his wife, but his passion is for the public promotion of better buildings and places – and spends most of his time running the Architecture Centre, Devon and Cornwall. He has been a Senior Lecturer at the University of Plymouth; the Director of the Architecture Centre, Bristol; and, worked on behalf of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment – acting on their behalf across Devon and Cornwall.

This talk will lay bare many of the dilemmas facing the production of new architecture and may leave the audience with more questions than answers! Mark will illustrate with examples from elsewhere how established places can move forwards with success – and ask whether any of the principles identified might be relevant and useful to apply in St Ives?

The details for the full programme of talks is available on the St Ives Trust website

Completed Talks Series 3

Stephen Frankel Report. Tuesday 14th January. Back to an innovative future for Cornwall’s market towns? 

Stephen Frankel talked about ways in which technological and policy developments offer particular opportunities that chime with Cornwall’s social and physical geography.

Stephen is Chair of WREN (the Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network). His academic background is in international and UK public health, epidemiology and anthropology. He has extensive experience working with the UK Department of Health, and the World Health Organisation. He holds Chairs in the Universities of Exeter and Bristol, sits on the Smart Cornwall Steering group, is a member of the DECC Community Energy Contact Group, and otherwise breeds rare breed stock in North Cornwall.


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