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LEPs and Devolution - Planning for Growth

Thursday, 22 October 2015 at 10:00AM - 4:30PM
Royal Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea Pier, Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE, UK
RTPI East of England

Join us at a joint RTPI East of England and RTPI South East event. Apart from a range of excellent speakers (see detailed programme), enjoy the enhanced sea views provided by the unusual venue - at the end of the longest pleasure pier in the world!

This conference will examine how the changing context of local governance in England is affecting how we plan for growth and deliver sustainable development. It will also highlight progress to date in the process of delegating funds to local partnerships from central government.

This event is particularly relevant to those working in Economic Development, with discounts available for members of the RTPI and the IED.  


  • Professor Alan Townsend, Emeritus Professor, University of Durham  and co author of  “Planning for Growth: the role of LEPs
  • David Godfrey, Director, South East LEP
  • Edward Clarke, Analyst, The Centre for Cities
  • Richard Blyth, Head of Policy, RTPI
  • Catriona Riddell, Director, Catriona Riddell Associates

There will be an opportunity to share knowledge and experience of working in a rapidly changing governance context and how planners, economic development officers and other professionals can work with businesses to deliver sustainable growth and create greater opportunities for our citizens.

The conference venue is the Royal Pavilion (winner of a RIBA Regional Award in 2013) situated at the seaward end of Southend Pier.  Extending 1.34 miles into the Thames Estuary, it is the longest pleasure pier in the world. As an alternative to walking along the pier, the cost of a return ticket on the pier railway is included in the conference cost.