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RTPI confirms Ministerial line-up for programme of events at political party conferences

02 August 2010

The RTPI will be hosting a series of fringe meetings at both the Conservative and Liberal Democrat party conferences this autumn, involving key figures from across both coalition partners and the wider planning and built environment sector. 

Stephen Gilbert MP, Member of the CLG Select Committee, Lord Tope CBE, Roger Hepher, Head of Planning and Regeneration at Savills and Sue Percy, Director of Professional Services at the RTPI will participate in this breakfast seminar on Tuesday 21st September at the Liberal Democrat conference in Liverpool, chaired by RTPI President Ann Skippers.

Later that day, Andrew Stunell MP, Minister for Local Government, Dorothy Thornhill, Elected Mayor of Watford and Vice Chair, Environment Board, Local Government Association, and Sue Shaw, Chair of Action with Communities in Rural England and Chair, Community Development Exchange will discuss 'Giving people a voice in planning', also chaired by Ann Skippers.

John Howell MP, Chair of the Conservative 'Planning Sounding Board', Cllr Keith Mitchell CBE, Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, Roger Hepher, Head of Planning and Regeneration at Savills and Sue Percy of the RTPI will speak at our breakfast event at the Conservative conference in Birmingham on Wednesday 6th October.

Following this breakfast seminar a public fringe event will take place at lunchtime on the theme of 'Giving people a voice in planning', with speakers including Bob Neill MP, Minister for Local Government and Planning, Cllr Gary Porter, Chair of Environment Board, Local Government Association and Cllr Michael Chater, Chairman, National Association of Local Councils. Both events will be chaired by Richard Summers, Senior Vice President of the RTPI.

President Ann Skippers said: 'In the short time the coalition government has been in power we have taken significant steps to promote the positive role that planning and planners have in shaping the future. Through our conference programme we will continue to engage positively and constructively with the coalition.'