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New Planning Minister to address RTPI National Planning Convention 2009

18 June 2009

John Healey MP, Minister for Housing and Planning at the Department for Communities and Local Government, will deliver the key note address on Thursday 18th June 2009 at the Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) annual Planning Convention.

The Convention, titled \"Planning in a Changing Climate\" will focus on the urgent situation we find ourselves in faced with a changing climate and our economic, social and political environments in flux. At the Convention, the RTPI will commit itself and the planning profession to seven new key commitments to take action on climate change.

The event will take place at the QE II Centre, Westminster, London from the 17th – 19th June 2009, bringing together leading national and international commentators and experts with over 600 delegates from all over the UK and abroad; including:

John Healey MP, Minister for Planning; Bob Neill MP, Shadow Minister for Planning; Gillian Tett, Assistant Editor, Financial Times; Prof Susan Owens, University of Cambridge; Dr Naison Mutizwa-Mangiza, Chief of Policy Analysis Division, UN Habitat, Lord Best OBE; David Aaranovitch, The Times, and Martin Willey, President of the RTPI.

Key sessions include:

  • Plenary: Planning in a changing economic climate
  • Climate change – the implications for planning
  • Viability and affordability – attainable for housing development in 2009
  • Does recession mean \"sellout\"? – maintaining quality in a cold climate
  • Workshop with Steve Quartermain, Government Chief Planner