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Local Government:Planning the future

As Northern Ireland prepares for elected members to take responsibility for planning decisions - what does this mean for them?

Wednesday, 24 October 2012 at 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Belfast BT4 3XX, UK
RTPI Northern Ireland

2015 will see 11 new councils in Northern Ireland with planning powers for the first time since 1973.  Responsibilities will include the preparation of local development plans, determining the majority of planning applications and taking enforcement action.

But what does this mean for the elected representatives and their relationship with planning officers, colleagues and most importantly their oting constituents?

This event has been designed to consider these issues and how those invloved in planning committees can carry out their duties while building the confidence of the public in the system and their ability to make unbiased and sound planning decisions.

Speakers details:

Alex Attwood

Alex Attwood MLA took up his post as Minister of the Environment
in May 2011. Alex Attwood was elected as an MLA for West Belfast. He was
Minister for Social Development in the last Northern Ireland Executive.

Ross Martin

Ross is the Policy Director at the Centre for Scottish Public
Policy, an independent, non-aligned think tank and also a co-founder of the
unique consultancy, the TPS group, with its range of elected member training,
planning and education expertise. Ross has a particular perspective on public
policy, with his multi-sector background, having served a decade as a senior
member in local government, as a private consultant and now as a policy thinker
and practitioner.

Ross has a growing reputation as one of Scotland's leading
policy voices on Public Service Reform, advising politicians, practitioners and
policy makers to prepare for the challenges and opportunities of the rapidly
changing political and economic context. He is a regular commentator in the
national press and media on a range of issues, with a current focus on the
importance of place.

Ross has an in depth knowledge of public services and is
currently researching their impact on the relationship between people and
place, having led structural, systemic and organisational change in various
leadership roles, e.g. within the education and police services, at the local,
regional and national levels.

Colin Haylock

Colin is the President of the RTPI and is also a qualified
architect and planner with over 35 years experience spanning the public and
private sectors including working for Newcastle City Council between 1975 to 1999
– final 10 years as leader of a large multi-disciplinary Environmental Design

Colin was the Lead Planner in relations with the Tyne and
Wear Development Corporation / wrote the Newcastle Enterprise Zone Planning
Scheme / Initiated the Europa Nostra Award winning Grainger Town Partnership
conservation led regeneration programme and wrote the urban section of the
Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site Management Plan.

A founder CABE Regional Representative since 2000 and a
founder member of CABE's Planning Advisory Forum and Committee – a CABE Enabler
– member of the Bishop Review Advisory Group and now with Design Council CABE a
member of their Planning Advisory Group and their family of appointed Built
Environment Experts

 In addition to his
Presidential work Colin is  running his
own specialist consultancy – Haylock Planning and Design and teaching part-time
at Newcastle University and at University College London.

Alderman Jim Dillon - event chair

Alderman Jim Dillon has been a Councillor on Lisburn City
Council since 1977. He has been a Member of the Council's Planning Committee
throughout his local government service and chaired the Committee from
1989-1991 and 1996-1997. He is currently serving as Chair of NILGA's Planning
Working Group and has been working to move forward the design and
implementation of the new planning system from its current arrangements to a
'fit for purpose' service through the reform programme and the review of public

As places are limited spaces will be allocated on a first come basis.  For further information please contact