The RTPI has held two highly successful policy debates at the Lib Dems conference in Liverpool.
Key figures from the planning and development industry joined a lively breakfast debate on 'Planning, decentralisation and localism – making it work'.
The Institute's second, public fringe event saw the RTPI secure the attendance of busy CLG Minister, Andrew Stunell, who addressed the debate on 'Giving people a voice in Planning'.
Speakers at the breakfast event included Lord Graham Tope, Sue Percy, RTPI Director of Professional Services and Roger Hepher, Head of Planning and Regeneration at Savills CBE. The event – generously sponsored by Savills - was fully booked.
Pictured right: Roger Hepher from Savills, Lord Tope, Ann Skippers.
Attendees discussed the challenges and opportunities presented by the forthcoming Localism and Decentralisation Bill and how developers, planners and communities can make the new system work.
Speakers at this fringe discussion were Dorothy Thornhill, Elected Mayor of Watford and Vice Chair, Environment Board, Local Government Association, Sue Shaw, Chair, Action with Communities in Rural England and Chair, Community Development Exchange. The discussion was chaired by Ann Skippers, RTPI President.
The events were part of a series of events being organised by RTPI at this year's party conferences. The events are designed to promote the planning perspective across a range of policies and to influence the new coalition government.
Planning, decentralisation and localism – making it work
Giving people a voice in Planning