Exploring how planning constrains faith groups

Tensions between planning policies and new religious groups requiring a place of worship, resulting in mosques and churches opening in industrial estates and other unintended locations are to be explored by a newly-formed group of experts.

Posted: 29 July 2014

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Dr Andrew Rogers, from the Department of Humanities, will be the principal investigator
The Faith and Place Network, established by Dr Andrew Rogers from the University of Roehampton and Dr Richard Gale from Cardiff University aims to create a body of research for use by Government ministers and councils when they review planning policies.

It has been launched thanks to a £42,000 grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council which will fund research and two networking events plus a symposium between September and June 2015.

The network already includes almost 30 academic and planning experts, religious leaders and politicians, including East Ham Labour MP Stephen Timms, Labour Party Faith Envoy and Chair of the Christians on the Left group.

Networking sessions will gather evidence from religious groups in relation to planning issues, with the intention of creating a body of research to influence planning policy and its implementation. The network will also explore the interrelations between physical places, planning and spirituality.

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