Over 150 guests attended the RTPI’s annual parliamentary reception held in the House of Commons last night, with a record number of MPs supporting the event. Communities and Local Government Housing and Planning Minister, Brandon Lewis MP, Shadow Secretary of State, Hilary Benn MP, Chair of the DCLG Select Committee, Clive Betts MP and members of the House of Lords joined representatives from across the built environment to help celebrate the Institute’s centenary.
The event was hosted by the Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP and once again, very generously sponsored by British Land PLC. RTPI President Cath Ranson, said the reception was one of the highlights of the centenary year and she was pleased to see such cross party support and an interest in planning. Brandon Lewis MP, on behalf of the government, praised the contribution made by planners in creating successful places and urged everyone to work together to tackle the big housing and economic challenges facing the nation.
Guests were given a copy of the centenary edition of The Planner and the policy and research work of the Institute from the past 12 months – covering such issues as spatial planning, encouraging economic growth, health and planning – showcased during the evening.
Planning Aid England MP patrons were also out in force, with several attending and receiving a briefing on the latest neighbourhood planning developments.
The RTPI holds parliamentary receptions in the UK and Scottish Parliament. The events are the highlight of their respective planning calendars bringing together planners, politicians, developers and those interested in the built environment for an evening of discussion and networking.
For photos from the night, follow the flckr link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rtpi/sets/72157649047022895/