Young Planners' Cymru hosted the Young Planners' 2010 Annual Conference at the weekend (15/16 October), one of the most successful ever, bringing together a range of exciting speakers, debates, workshops and study tours to give delegates a fresh perspective on localism in the planning system.
Jamie Donegan, a young planner studying at Cardiff University said: \"Localism is the buzzword in planning at the moment and is going to have a profound effect on planners working under the planning system in England. Having the conference in Wales where a new planning system emerged after devolution offered a great insight into how planners in Wales responded innovatively to the opportunities presented. It made me realise how important it is to stay on top of the new agenda and share best practice across the UK.\"
Ann Skippers, President of the RTPI, opened the conference
She later said: \"It's the first time I have had the privilege of attending a Young Planners' conference. The Young Planners were very engaged and the speakers hugely informative. One thing that featured strongly was the importance and value of sharing best practice across the UK – planners working in England can learn much from the Welsh experience and vice versa.\"
She added: \"The weekend's focus was very much on learning, sharing best practice and developing people's CPD but there was also time for some socialising too!\"
Other speakers included Professor John Punter
Other speakers included: Rosemary Thomas, Chief Planner at the Welsh Assembly Government, Tom Venables from AECOM, Carole-Anne Davies from the Design Commission for Wales, Chris Potts from Savills, Paul Wimbush from Lammas, Professor John Punter from the School of City and Regional Planning from Cardiff University and Lee Jones from TACP.
Saturday saw group study tours covering areas of best practice and significance to planners including Cardiff Bay, St Fagan's National History Museum, St David's 2 Shopping Centre, and Newport's Waterside Regeneration.
In addition to previous conferences, the RTPI provided drop-in sessions providing information on the Assessment for Professional Competence and Planners in the Workplace.