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Planning for climate change: Planning Convention 2009 Report

16 June 2009

More than 600 participants, from across the UK and abroad, attended the successful RTPI Planning Convention 2009, in London on June 17-19, to discuss "Planning in a Changing Climate".

The new Housing and Planning Minister John Healey MP (reponsible for Planning, Climate change and sustainable development) made his public debut, using his keynote address to jointly launch the Planning to live with Climate Change initiative, with RTPI President Martin Willey.

Thursday 18th June
10.10am - Welcome and introduction by the President of the RTPI, Martin Willey

10.10am - Planning in a changing environmental climate: plenary
Speakers
Professor Susan Owens (Professor of Environment and Policy and Fellow, Newnham College, University of Cambridge) 
Dr Naison Mutizwa-Mangiza (UN Habitat Chief of Policy Analysis Division, United Nations Habitat Settlement Programme)

11.00am - Ministerial Address
Rt Hon John Healey MP – Minister for Housing and Planning

11.50am - Planning in a changing environmental climate: break out sessions
- click workshop title for a session summary

2.15pm - Planning in a changing economic climate: plenary
Speakers

Nick Winser (Executive Director, National Grid)
Gillian Tett (Assistant Editor, Financial Times)

3.50pm Planning in a changing economic climate: break out sessions
– click workshop title for a session summary

5.05pm - Planning to Live with Climate Change

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Friday 18th June

10.10am - Planning in a changing social climate: plenary
Speakers

Professor Tony Crook (Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Sheffield and Chair, Shelter)
Paul Spooner (Regional Director – West Midlands, Homes and Communities Agency)

11.40am - Planning in a changing social climate: break out sessions
- click workshop title for a session summary

2.00pm - Young Planners Network Presentation
Introduction by Charlie Collins
Speakers 
Jamie Birtles, AECOM and Laura Smith, The Landscape Partnership

2.20pm - Planning in a changing political climate: plenary
Moderator – Professor Kevin Murray, Kevin Murray Associates
Speakers
Lord Richard Best OBE (President of the Local Government Association)
David Aaronovich (Author, Broadcaster and Journalist)
Marni Cappe (Vice President, Canadian Institute of Planners)
Bob Neill MP (Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government)

The motion for debate was "This house believes that it is politicians, rather than planners, who should have the lead responsibility in shaping places for the 21st century". The motion was not carried.

3.30pm - Conclusion and the way forward RTPI President Martin Willey thanked delegates for attending and closed the Convention. 

Click to view Martin Willey's presentation