On page 19 of the latest Broadland News Councillor Andrew Proctor explains what the charrette process is all about in positive, upbeat terms. Those who attended the Belmore Park charrette were less impressed and likened it to a charade.
Whatever the views, we can be sure that more charrettes are on their way. The University of Hertfordshire's Centre for Sustainable Communities is co-hosting a three day workshop with the American based National Charrette Institute running from 20th September 2010 followed by a shorter course aimed at equipping "charrette managers with the essential tools and techniques required to handle unique, fast paced, and constantly changing, multiple-day charrettes"
As well as the National Charrette Institute the courses will be delivered by staff from the University of Hertfordshire, BRE, Parsons Brinckerhoff and also the very shy property and planning consultancy, Turnberry Consulting, who were heavily involved in the Belmore Park Charrette but whose website does not reveal much information!
If you'd like a preview, here is a short video 'introducing you to the tutors' and giving you a brief flavour of what is covered: