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ROOM@RTPI South West


In 1999 the National Housing and Town Planning Council (NHTPC) merged with the Housing Centre Trust and became "ROOM".  On 28 August 2002 it merged with the RTPI. 

One of the purposes of ROOM, is to bring different professionals, both public and the private, together with politicians, developers and service providers to have an open dialogue about housing issues and challenges.

ROOM seeks to encourage debate and dialogue through appropriate forums where experiences can be shared, practice improved, and policy developed – recognising the inter-relationship housing and regeneration initiatives have with the spatial planning system.

In 2015, The SWRTPI Regional Management Board wanted to re-invigorate "ROOM@RTPI" events in the South West given the seismic changes happening across planning and housing at a national level.

We didn't just want another conference focussed on housing but a series of master classes focussing on topical housing issues. We wanted the master classes to explore in more detail specific housing issues and be inter-active.

Over time we want to re-engage with Registered Providers, developers, politicians and planning, housing and regeneration professionals operating across the whole South West region.

South West "ROOM@RTPI" Events

In 2016 the region held 4 events and discussed topics on"Innovations in Housing Delivery", "Practical Solutions to Overcoming Barriers to Housing", "Housing and Infrastructure" and "The Role of Local Enterprise Partnerships in Housing Delivery".

In 2017 2 full day conferences have been organised to focus on the key housing issues arising from the Housing and Planning Act  2016.

ROOM@RTPI 2017/2018 Events

ROOM@RTPI Housing and Planning Act 2016

Tuesday 14th November: 09.30 – 16.00 at Plumer House, Plymouth

In conjunction with Chartered Institute of Housing, detailed master classes focussing on key aspects of the Housing and Planning Act 2016.  The master classes will explore the implications of the planning reforms in the Act that relate to housing.
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ROOM@RTPI Seminar: The Housing White Paper - 3 Perspectives On What Next?
Thursday, 22 March 2018: 10:00 - 4:30 at Somerset County Cricket Club, Taunton, TA1 1JT
An exploration of the challenges and opportunities arising from the Housing White Paper with 3 unique perspectives on what is coming next in terms of housing and planning policy. The popular interactive seminar format will allow for facilitated discussion sessions and question time with the speakers.
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ROOM@RTPI Seminar: Delivering More Homes with Small Builders
Thursday, 04 October 2018: 10:00 - 4:30 at Plumer House, Plymouth PL6 5HY, UK
How can you help small builders make a meaningful contribution to housing delivery in your area? This seminar will draw upon the national research by the Federation of Master Builders and local case studies to explore what you can be doing to maximise housing delivery by smaller builders. The popular interactive seminar format will allow for facilitated discussion sessions and question time with the speakers.
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