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EVENT HELD TO CELEBRATE OUR LATEST HONORARY MEMBER

We marked the election of our latest Honorary Member, Mr. Richard C. Gill with an event held on 26th April, 2024 at the Marriott Hotel, Hastings, Christ Church. This was in recognition of his outstanding contribution to urban and spatial planning in Barbados. Read more …

 

2023 WEBINAR: PLANNING TODAY! Major Planning Changes and the New Planning System
On World Town Planning Day, the Barbados Town Planning Society, in conjunction with the Planning & Development Department, held our Free Webinar on 8th November, 2023 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on Zoom.

2023 SYMPOSIUM:- DE-CARBONISING BARBADOS: MAKING BARBADOS’ HOUSING GREENER
The Barbados Town Planning Society successfully presented a webinar entitled “Decarbonising Barbados: Making Barbados’ Housing Greener” on Friday June 23, 2023 at 12:00 pm.

2022 SYMPOSIUM:- DE-CARBONISING BARBADOS: IMPACTS FOR PHYSICAL PLANNING, GREEN TRANSPORT AND MOBILITY
The theme of the Symposium held on 8th November, 2022 was “De-carbonising Barbados: Impacts for Physical Planning, Green Transport and Mobility”. We arranged a number of interesting speakers and the Opening Address was delivered by Senior Minister Dr the Hon William F Duguid JP MP. A copy of the programme as well as presentations are attached.

2022 CARIBBEAN URBAN FORUM (CUF) CONFERENCE IN BARBADOS (15th-17th JUNE, 2022) CONCLUDES
The 2022 Caribbean Urban Forum (CUF) Conference in Barbados was held from 15th-17th June, 2022 as a hybrid of physical and online meetings. This year’s theme was Beyond COVID: Recovery – Renewable – Resilience.

WEBINAR SERIES FOCUSES ON BRIDGETOWN REVITALISATION
The Barbados Town Planning Society held a series of Symposiums focusing on ways to revitalise Bridgetown.  Please see Posts for further details and recommendations.  Symposium 2020, Symposium Feb 2021, Symposium May 2021.

50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS: HONORARY MEMBERS RECOGNISED FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS
We marked our 50th Anniversary (1968 – 2018) with the election of three Honorary Members. This is in recognition of their outstanding contributions to town planning in the island, and the three honorees are former Chief Town Planner Luther Bourne, former Chief Town Planner Lionel Nurse and specialist planning and environmental lawyer Christine Toppin-Allahar.

Left to right: Christine Toppin-Allahar, Lionel Nurse and Luther Bourne

The presentations to the honorees were made by Hon. Marsha Caddle MP, Minister in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Investment, who thanked them for their outstanding contributions to town planning in Barbados at a reception event held at the Radisson Hotel on 6th July, 2019.  See post for details.

NEW ACT APPROVED BY PARLIAMENT – JANUARY 2019
The Planning and Development Act 2019 aims to provide a system that is open, transparent, accountable, inclusive and efficient – fit for purpose in the context of a Small Island Developing State in the twenty first century. The new Act was passed by both Houses of Parliament in January 2019, but has not yet been proclaimed.  See post for more information and details.

GREEN PAPER AVAILABLE – 18th SEPTEMBER 2018
The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Investment is inviting the public to comment on the draft Green Paper on Planning Reform. The Green Paper forms the basis of modernising Barbados’ Town Planning legislation and planning systems. The document may be downloaded here. Comments or queries on the Green Paper should be emailed to [email protected] by Friday, October 5.  Also see source web page link.

PAST EVENT – 22nd JUNE 2018
Thanks to presenters (Dr. Adrian Cashman, Dr. John Mwansa and Andrew Hutchinson) and participants in the recently held and extremely well received “Can Barbados Manage a Day Zero – When the Taps Run Dry?” Seminar.

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Aerial view of Bridgetown.

ABOUT US
The Barbados Planning Society is a non-profit association comprised of town planning-related professionals from the public and private sectors who are interested in working to improve the art and science of planning. The BPS puts social justice, the economy and the environment at the heart of policy debate and inspires government, industry and campaigners to take a fresh perspective on major issues including planning policy, housing, agriculture, water scarcity, heritage and climate change.

The BPS’s objectives are to:

  • Inform development-related stakeholders of critical issues through the coordination of symposiums and seminars on relevant, pressing topics
  • Empower people and communities to influence decisions that affect them
  • Improve the planning system in accordance with the principles of sustainable development and good governance
  • Encourage discussion on matters which affect our communities and their ongoing development