Nearly 100 councillors from across England
gathered in Derby's Roundhouse on Saturday (3 November) to learn
more about the recent changes to the planning system, at the Royal
Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) Politicians in Planning
Association's (PIPA) annual conference.
Run by the RTPI, the largest organisation of professional
planners in Europe, PIPA is a free non-party political organisation
which supports councillors on planning committees.
Colin Haylock, President of the RTPI, said: "It was an extremely
lively conference which reflected that the councillors were
intensely engaged throughout the day. Local politicians clearly
greatly appreciate the RTPI's organisation of PIPA, and the RTPI
equally appreciates their commitment to the planning process."
"The Roundhouse was a fitting venue for a meeting of PIPA,
showing as it does how it is possible with a little political will
and vision to breathe new life into wonderful old buildings. It's a
truly iconic venue, and one which I know inspired many of the
councillors from across the country."
Warmly welcomed to Derby by Councillor Sara Bolton (Derby
Council's planning committee chair), councillors were provided with
an overview of Derby, a city that combines the very best of British
manufacturing with a world class leisure and heritage offer.
Other speakers included representatives from Local Government
Association, the Planning Officers' Society, the Planning
Inspectorate and the Planning Advisory Service (PAS), amongst many
others. Additionally, the day featured interactive workshops and a
Question Time-style panel.
The event, thanks to funding support from PAS, was free to local
planning councillors from across England.
The Roundhouse in Derby is an award-winning Conference venue
that has been created within the envelope of an engine turning shed
immediately adjacent to Derby station.
For more information about PIPA click here.