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Planning for housing - the spatial dimension

Join Bilfinger GVA and the RTPI to discuss the findings of our new research into the location of housing development

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 at 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Bilfinger GVA, 65 Gresham Street, London



The drive to increase housing delivery lies behind many of the recent proposals to streamline the planning system, and statistics on the number of permissions granted have come to dominate debates on the effectiveness of the planning system.

These debates must not rest on quantity alone: location and scale are equally important. We know that new housing should be well connected to jobs, services and public transport. We also know that sprawling or scattered development is difficult to provide with infrastructure and risks car-dependency. But there is a lack of analysis on the direction in which we are heading.

The event will be chaired by Stephen Wilkinson, RTPI Vice-President, and will launch research on the location of recent planning permissions across a selection of growing city-regions, representing over 150,000 housing units. This is a valuable first step in understanding patterns of housing growth across the country.

Our expert panellists will include:

  • Paul Swinney, Principle Economist at the Centre for Cities
  • Jo Davis, Regional Senior Director for Bristol at Bilfinger GVA
  • Vincent Goodstadt, honorary Professor at the University of Manchester

We invite you join us to view our maps, discuss the data and consider what this means for our planning system.

Click here for more information about the Location of Development project


Invitations for this event are being managed by Blifinger GVA. If you wish to attend, please click here to email their events team (providing your name and organisation)



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