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Convention 2015: City visionary

Words: Simon Wicks
Waheed Nazir

Session title: The new leadership in planning

Speaker: Waheed Nazir, director of planning and regeneration, Birmingham City Council

“We need to liberate ourselves from well-intentioned bureaucracy.” As a mantra for a bold approach to planning, it sums up the ongoing transformation of Birmingham city centre under Waheed Nazir.

Beginning with his own inspirations, the city’s planning chief recalled the humane principles of George Cadbury, who put wellbeing at the heart of the pioneering Bournville development.

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