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February 20, 2012

PLRG links with OMEGA Centre at UCL

The Professional Land Reform Group is pleased to announce that the OMEGA Centre at Bartlett School of Planning, University College London (UCL) has agreed to host its meetings. Since last July, when Professor Munir Morad (PLRG Vice Chair) moved to Anglia Ruskin University at Chelmsford, PLRG has been without a central London venue.

The OMEGA Centre is one of many worldwide, sponsored by Volvo Research and Educational Foundation (VREF), that focus on the study of challenging mega-project issues for transport planners and urban designers. The synergy with PLRG is obvious: sustainable funding of urban infrastructure, which has such an intimate relationship to land values and hence - potentially - to cities worldwide, was the main reason Transport for London hosted PLRG meetings from 2004 to 2009. Reform of land policy cannot be separated from reform of city and national finances, especially property and land taxes.

PLRG will resume its meetings to hear speakers introduce topics that relate to land and tax reform after Easter. It is likely that PLRG talks will dovetail with those of the OMEGA Centre Seminar Programme, which take place most Wednesdays during UCL's term-times.

OMEGA Seminar Programme 2012 v4.pdf. All talks begin at 5.30pm and are free. They take place in Room 401, Wates House, 22 Gordon Street, LONDON WC1H 0QB. Contact Dan Durrant with enquiries 020 7679 4882

PLRG meetings are expected to be in the same venue. The first in the new series is likely to be by Dr Tim Leunig of CentreForum, on Community Land Auctions.

PLRG is very grateful to Professor Harry Dimitriou for facilitating this partnership. 


Posted by Tony Vickers at February 20, 2012 4:31 PM | TrackBack

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