RTPI President Janet Askew was the guest for an afternoon of presentations, discussion and debate on transport and planning related issues involving staff from Transport for London (TfL) & top law firm Bircham Dyson Bell LLP (BDB).
Organised by Nick Street, Principal Consents Advisor for TfL, and held at the offices of BDB, Neil Lees and Mike Johnson from TfL began with a wide ranging update and review of the latest developments regarding the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and planning obligations in London.
Janet was asked to discuss the RTPI’s current policy and research programme and general election priorities. She also highlighted the work that is underway revising the Institute’s routes to membership and the opportunities offered for career development.
BDBs Mark Challis, Partner, and Katie Persaud, solicitor, set out recent developments in heritage and the built environment and looked into what the future might hold.
The afternoon concluded with presentations from TfL on the student experience in planning; TfL property partnerships and an update on various projects, including the upgrade of Bank station.
During his thanks to the RTPI President for attending, Richard de Cani, Managing Director of Planning emphasised the importance of planning in London. Without the quality and commitment of town planners, London would be the poorer and he urged those colleagues who are eligible, but who are not yet members, to consider joining the RTPI.
Janet said: "It was an honour to meet with such a highly qualified team of lawyers and town planners, who are working on a huge range of major infrastructure projects for TfL in London. Having started my career in the 1970s working for London Transport, it was very good to hear just how much has happened in the intervening years. I commend the team for their hard work which is bringing about change and improvements for London. "
Hear Janet’s presentation (in two parts)
Read more information on TfL's involvement in planning obligations