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Politics of Planning

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 at 9:30AM
Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4EP
prices start from £99 excluding vat
RTPI North East

With the general election looming this seminar will look at the implications that politics at both the local and national level is having on the planning system and the development process.

Chaired by Ross Smith, Director of Policy at the North East Chamber of Commerce, the seminar will also look emerging ideas from all political parties and consider what changes might arise following the election. 


To book your place, click here


9.30 am           Registration and refreshments

10.00 am          Chairman’s Introduction 

                        Ross Smith, Policy Director at North East Chamber of Commerce

10.10 am           Question time

Ross Smith will chair a panel of experts (John Acres Director, Sam Ryan, Director and Nathan Smith, Associate Director at Turley) who will assume the roles of leading politicians from each of the main political parties. The panel will present the planning and built environment headlines emerging from each of the main political party manifestos followed by an interactive discussion with the floor.                                                                       

11.10 am          Refreshments

11.30 am          The Politics of Planning – A private sector viewpoint politics

                        Mike Ashworth, Associate Director at Turley

 11.50 am         The Politics of Planning – A public sector viewpoint

                        Stuart Timmiss, Head of Planning and Assets, Durham County Council  

 12.10 pm         Open Forum (With Morning Speakers)

 12.20 pm        Lunch

 1.30 pm            How politics effects decisions and how to influence decision makers

                        Jeremy Fieldsend, Director at Local Dialogue

2.10 pm            The Politics of Planning in India

                        Dr Suzanne Speak, Degree Programme Director at Newcastle University

2.50 pm            Refreshments

3.10 pm            The RTPI and political engagement

                        Trudi Elliott, Chief Executive at the Royal Town Planning Institute  

3.45 pm            Open Forum (with Afternoon Speakers)

4.00 pm            Finish              


To find out more, call Sarah on 07455 787 705 or email 

This event is kindly sponsored by:

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