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RTPI London Planning Summit: To 2020 and Beyond: ‘A fairer and more affordable city’ – a challenge for London Planners

Thursday, 27 October 2016 at 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Coin Street neighbourhood centre, 108 Stamford St, London SE1 9NH, UK
RTPI London


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The 2016 London Planning Summit seeks to address the challenges that planners face to deliver a fairer and more affordable city and asks:

"How can planners work creatively to address these challenges?"

Through panel debates, presentations and workshops, delivered by members of the GLA, TFL, CLG and more, the 2016 London Planning Summit will outline the priorities for the new Mayor, discussing how these will work in practice:

Plenary 1, Fairer Growth: Overview of London's growth pressures and the resultant inequality that continues to emerge. This will explore the need to balance London's role as an economic powerhouse, while ensuring all residents have the best possible quality of life regardless of income level.  


  • Chair - Tom Venables, Director, AECOM
  • John Lett, Strategic Planning Manager, GLA
  • Alex Williams, Director of Borough Planning, TfL 
  • Lisa Taylor, Chief Executive, Future of London 

This will include:

  • Overview of ongoing growth pressures, including likely impact of Brexit on the capital
  • How should the Mayor work to solve the housing affordability crisis
  • How should the Mayor be working co-operatively with surrounding regions and authorities to meet this challenge which goes beyond London's borders.
  • What is the impact on infrastructure.
  • What should the new London Plan look like?

Plenary 2, Fairer Housing: How can planners assist in Increasing the supply of genuinely affordable housing across tenures.  Bidwells, sponsors of the Summit.


  • Philip Barnes, Group Land and Planning Director, Barrett Homes
  • Peter Village QC, 39 Essex Chambers
  • Mairead Carroll, External Affairs Manager, National Housing Federation

This will include:

  • How can the supply and delivery of housing be increased?
  • Where should housing growth be focused?
  • How can housing be made more affordable to all? – London Plan targets, shifts away from owner occupation – Private Rental Sector etc.

Plenary 3: Fairer Infrastructure: How can London's infrastructure be delivered to be fairer for all:


  • Jan Alexander, Director, Arup
  • More to be announced

This will include:

  • How can London's Transport Infrastructure be made to serve its population (including current issues with Rail services etc
  • How can energy demands be met in a more affordable and sustainable way?
  • How can new open space be made more equitable – in particular in light of increasing privatisation of open space (e.g. Garden Bridge, South Bank, Go Ape Battersea
  • How can the infrastructure plan 2050 ensure these objectives, this session will cover vital transport and energy infrastructure to support London's development in an integrated way. 

Plenary 4, Prospertity for all - keynote address; The challenge for London planners in making London a fairer and more affordable city.


  • Chair - Kieron Hodgson, Director, Iceni
  • James Murray, Deputy Mayor, Housing and Residential Development, GLA
  • Stephen Wilkinson, Senior Vice President, RTPI

There will be eight workshops split over two sessions:

Session 1

  1. Localism in London: Building on the London Assembly report looking at what is next for Neighbourhood planning in the city and community planning.  Delivered by:  John Romanski, PAE and Holly McLaren, PAE
  2. Heritage and the evolving city: Valuing our Heritage: Integrated into the design workshop, debating policies on Heritage, Do we need a stronger tall buildings policy? Delivered by:  Laurie Handcock, Director, Iceni (Sponsors of the Summit)
  3. Greening London: Integrating green infrastructure with health and looking at the access to the natural environment/privatisation of public space.  Delivered by:  Mike Henderson, Associate Director, AECOM (Sponsors of the Summit) and Robert Holden, Landscape Institute
  4. 3D Planning: Looking towards techniques to understand and plan London through the use of increasing amounts of data and digital.  Delivered by:  Kadine James, Hobbs Studio and James Harris, RTPI

Session 2:

  1. Design Review Process: Looking at the future of the Mayoral Design process, how do we continue to ensure good design for all.  Delivered by:  Prof. Peter Bishop, UCL; Victor Callister, Deputy Director of Architecture and the Built Environment, Design Council and Esther Kurland, Director, Urban Design London 
  2. The future of London's Town Centres: Ensuring a mix of vibrant town centres across the city looking at the economic geography of London's town centres including the challenges between centres within and beyond London.  Delivered by:  Anna Sinnott, Director, BDP (Sponsors of the Summit)
  3. Towards a Zero Carbon City: Demonstrating leadership on climate change, calling for the Mayor to install an ambitious target for climate change mitigation and adaption. To be announced
  4. Healthy Cities: A cross cutting view on how to integrate health into planning policy to improve the health of the city. This event will have a particular focus on air quality.  Delivered by:  Eoin O'Connor, TP Bennett; Dr Katie Hunter, GLA and Victoria Pinoncely, RTPI

Careers Workshop

A careers workshop will take place from 08:30 - 09:00 for those attending the conference and would like an overview of the job market, C.V. advice and lots more. There will also be bookable 1-2-1 career advice meetings held throughout the day.  All careers information and advice will be delivered by recruitment specialists -  Osborne Richardson (sponsors of the Summit).  


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