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Launch of Faith and Place network

Tensions between council planning policies and new religious groups requiring a place of worship, resulting in mosques, churches and others opening in industrial estates and less than ideal locations are being explored by a newly-formed group of experts.

Posted: 4 December 2014

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Dr Andrew Rogers, from the Department of Humanities, is the principal investigator
Dr Andrew Rogers from the Department of Humanities is leading the launch of the Faith and Place Network, which will meet for the first time today (4 December), together with Dr Richard Gale from Cardiff University.

The network already includes almost 30 academic and planning experts, religious leaders and policy influencers.

Speakers at today’s event range from architects to church leaders, the Director of Planning at Southwark Council, the Head of Policy at the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Curator of Community Partnerships at the Tate Modern will work together to assess the issue and create a new body of research.

The project has been funded by a £42,000 grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Today’s session will be the first of three to gather evidence from religious groups in relation to planning issues, with the intention of influencing planning policy and its implementation. The network will also explore the interrelations between physical places, planning and spirituality.

Find out more about the Faith and Place network here.

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