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Town Planning and Population - The Importance of Demography

This one-day conference is a joint venture between the RTPI East of England and the British Society for Population Studies (BSPS) to discuss the potential and principles of demographic modelling for planners.

Thursday, 02 May 2013 at 9:30AM - 4:30PM
The Maltings, Ship Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4BB, UK
£90.00+VAT (RTPI & BSPS members), £105.00+VAT (non-members)
RTPI East of England

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Population changes, the structure of existing and future populations, and their character and behaviour, are all very significant in almost all areas of town and country planning. It is the basis for housing and employment studies and is a key factor for transport planning. It is important for recreation and leisure, and economic development, as well as government funding for local authorities, health authorities, utility planning and infrastructure.

It is often asked where the jobs are coming from to accommodate and satisfy a rising population. Alongside this, there is a need to house a rising population with the correct housing type and tenure. The biggest unknown when it comes to the demographic future is migration. Will the tightened housing market not just restrict movement but change its patterns? Will benefit cuts reduce or impel movement? Will student fees depress the housing market by keeping young people at home for longer? These are just some of the questions posed by demographic change. Moving people around as a result of growth often requires innovative solutions.

This conference, organised by the British Society for Population Studies (BSPS) and the RTPI East of England, will focus on population projections and modelling, with an example of how population modelling has informed the production of planning strategy.

The afternoon will feature an example of a strategic housing market assessment, transport infrastructure solutions, and the implementation of a planning strategy to deliver growth.

The RTPI President will be giving an address during the morning session as part of his official visit to the East of England.

The full programme of speakers is as follows:

  • Speaker from the Office for National Statistics - Census, Estimates and Projections - A Broad View of the Relationship Between Census Data, Mid-Year Population Estimates and Sub-National Population Projects
  • Richard Culf, Edge Analytics - Population Modelling - How the Projections are Produced and Scenario Forecasting
  • Richard Cooper - The Use of Demographic Scenarios in Cross-Authority Plan-making
  • James Cutting, Suffolk County Council - Demography and the Wider Evidence Base: Ipswich Housing Market Area, Strategic Housing Market Assessment
  • Matthew Clark, Steer Davies Gleave - New Bridges and New Residential Development - Innovative Ways of Transport Demand Forecasting
  • Simon Machen, Peterborough City Council -  Delivering a Robust Planning Strategy and the Challenges That Lie Ahead