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PR 30 - Hazel Blears to address RTPI National Planning Convention

27 May 2008

Hazel Blears, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, will deliver the key note address at The Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) annual Planning Convention. The event will take place at the QE II Centre, Westminster, London from the 9 – 11 July 2008.

Additional Convention speakers include; Carolina Barco Isakson, Columbian Ambassador to the US, Sir Terry Farrell, Principal, Terry Farrell and Partners, Baroness Susan Greenfield, Director, Royal Institution of Great Britain, Professor Phil Harrison, Executive Direct of Development, Planning and Urban Management, City of Johannesburg, Di Jai, Chief Executive Officer, Planning Institute of Australia, Bernadette Kelly, Executive Director, CLG, and Professor Janice Morphet from University College London. RTPI President Janet O'Neill will also address delegates.

The full lineup for the RTPI's planning convention, 'Changing Places: Changing World'  is available from Free places are available to journalists on registration with the RTPI's press office. This can be done online at or by contacting RTPI Communications Manager Dale Atkinson on email: or tel: 020 7929 9479

Please register this event in your forward planning diary

Event:       RTPI Annual Planning Convention

Date:         9 – 11 July 2008

•         Wednesday 9 July consists of four study tours. Places are strictly limited.

•         Thursday 10 July is made up of plenary sessions, workshops and the keynote address by Secretary of State Hazel Blears.

•         Friday 11 July comprises workshops, plenary sessions and a plenary debate, as well as two further study tours.

•         There will also be a series of fringe and lunchtime events and receptions on the evenings of Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 July.

Location: QE II Centre, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE


Onsite Press Room: Benjamin Britten Lounge

For further information or to book a free place contact:

Dale Atkinson, Communications Manager, RTPI, on 020 7929 9479, mob. 07870 672 020 or email:

Or visit for more details

Notes to Editors

1. The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

RTPI is a dynamic organisation leading the way in the creation of places that work now and in the future. We understand that just as people develop places, so places develop people.  We are committed to the enhancement of our natural and human environment, using spatial planning to manage competing pressures on our built environments and the very real effects on our space.  Through our members, we constantly seek to create areas and places in which people want to live and work.

As well as promoting spatial planning, RTPI develops and shapes policy affecting the built environment, works to raise professional standards and supports members through continuous education, training and development.

For further general information, visit the RTPI website at:

41 Botolph Lane, London, EC3R 8DL, charity no. 262865