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Planners' Question Time

The way forward for people and places: the implications of planning reform

Monday, 22 February 2016 at 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Henley Business School Building (G15), Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading, Reading, Wokingham RG6 6UD, UK
RTPI South East

The University of Reading once again host the ever popular Planners' Question Time event.

Reform of planning since 2010 has been manifest in a restructuring of the planning system, policy simplification, an emphasis on housing numbers and a range of managerialist techniques geared to make planning more efficient. The agenda pursued by the Coalition and now the Conservative administration arguably has sought to make planning more concerned with consenting projects that  are economically viable above other considerations. Such change is ongoing and  is reflected in the Housing and Planning Bill 2015. This brings into question the ability of Planners to effectively deliver progressive change and 'sustainable development'.

This year’s PQT will consider the  recent and ongoing reform agenda and consider questions which explore the impacts of these reforms on society in terms of places, opportunities and  long-term challenges. This may for example include consideration of access to housing, disparities in economic performance across the country and effective 'place-making'.

The panel consists of:

  • Ian Tant, Senior Planning Partner, Barton Willmore
  • Penelope Tollitt, Planning Officers Society
  • David Farnsworth, Freelance Consultant and Writer
  • Chair: Prof Gavin Parker, University of Reading

Following the event, our sponsors Reading Real Estate Foundation, will kindly be providing beer and pizza.