Supper Club

This event is being organised by the local Lib Dems, but would be of interest to those involved with housing and planning matters locally. It is not a political meeting but an information gathering one.

-Barry Turner

East Lothian Liberal Democrats Supper Club

Curried Pheasant and New Houses – National Policy and Local Perspectives.

Tuesday 16 February, 7pm The Loft, Haddington.

Speaker – Professor Mark Stephens

A warming supper will precede a talk from Mark who has advised Willie Rennie on proposed Scottish Liberal Democrat Housing Policy. Questions and discussion follow.

Members and non-members very welcome especially those with in interest in and knowledge of housing and planning matters.

This should be a lively and informative evening covering an important local topic that may well attract local political interest and influence voting patterns this year and next.

Make a menu choice now and please bring along a friend!

  • Pheasant Curry, with rice and flat bread
  • orLamb Tagine, with spiced couscous.
  • orRoasted Vegetable Lasagne, with garlic bread.

To include after supper coffee/tea at £12.50 per person.Water and soft drinks available but BYOB.

The Loft is a popular new Café Bakery in Haddington (behind the old Sherriff Court and by the Council Buildings in Peffer Place – “simple good food, big on flavour and locally sourced”www.loftcafebakery.co.uk EH41 3DR)

Please book indicating numbers and with your menu choice(s)by 10 February to either:

Jenny Mollisonjennymollison@yahoo.co.uk 0131 665 2055

or Robert O’Riordan robertjoriordan@gmail.co.uk 01620 842229

Payment instructions will follow. Thank you.

At a national level there is a housing shortage and Scottish plans set expectations for new development. The East Lothian Draft Local plan indicates that the scale of planned development in East Lothian is significant. Such developments may have great local impact in many different ways.

Mark Stephens is Professor of Public Policy at Heriot Watt University. His primary research interests are in housing and poverty and housing markets, both with a strong international comparative element.

Mark has played a leading role in a number of large-scale evaluations, including the EU Study on Housing and Exclusion (European Commission, 2010), the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Housing Market Taskforce (2011), and the Evaluation of English Housing Policy (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, 2005).

Mark is a member of the European Network for Housing Research Co-ordination Committee, a co-ordinator of its working group on Comparative Housing Policy and an Editor of Urban Studies.

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