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To 2020 and Beyond: Strategic Planning and the Green Belt

Thursday, 04 February 2016 at 6:00PM - 9:00PM
New London Architecture, The Building Centre, 26 Store St, London WC1E 7BT, UK
RTPI London

In this next instalment of the 'To 2020 and Beyond' Mayoral Debates series; three industry experts will set out contrasting viewpoints on the future of the Green Belt, followed by an open panel debate chaired by Arup’s Planning Practice Leader Christopher Tunnell.


  • Catriona Riddell - Director, Catriona Riddell Associates
  • James Stevens - Strategic Planner, Home Buiding Federation
  • Tom Papworth - Senior Fellow, Adam Smith Institute 
  • Georgia Wrighton - Director, CPRE London

This seminar will discuss why the Metropolitan Green Belt has frequently been credited as one of the great successes of the planning system and how it has been almost unchallenged for nearly five decades, preventing the outward sprawl of London whilst continuing to maintain the permanence and openness of the countryside at its fringes.  

Asking questions such as: 

  • Should the permanence of the Green Belt be respected and maintained? 
  • Might we consider a different approach to Green Belt in the context of London and south east strategic planning? 
  • Does Green Belt need more wholesale review? 


  • 18:00 - Registration and welcome drinks
  • 18:30 - Opening remarks from Christopher Tunnell
  • 18:35 - 5 minute viewpoint from each of the speakers
  • 18:50 - Panel discussion and debate, questions from the floor
  • 19:45 - Closing remarks from Christopher Tunnell
  • 19:50 - Drinks reception 

To book your place, please click here.


This is a free event kindly sponsored by Arup

Co-hosted by our RTPI London Mayoral Event series partners the New London Architecture.