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Councillors flock to Derby for PIPA Conference 2012

08 November 2012

cllr speakingNearly 100 councillors from across England gathered in Derby's Roundhouse on Saturday (3 November) to learn more about the recent changes to the planning system, at the Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) Politicians in Planning Association's (PIPA) annual conference.

Run by the RTPI, the largest organisation of professional planners in Europe, PIPA is a free non-party political organisation which supports councillors on planning committees.

Colin Haylock, President of the RTPI, said: "It was an extremely lively conference which reflected that the councillors were intensely engaged throughout the day. Local politicians clearly greatly appreciate the RTPI's organisation of PIPA, and the RTPI equally appreciates their commitment to the planning process."

"The Roundhouse was a fitting venue for a meeting of PIPA, showing as it does how it is possible with a little political will and vision to breathe new life into wonderful old buildings. It's a truly iconic venue, and one which I know inspired many of the councillors from across the country."

Warmly welcomed to Derby by Councillor Sara Bolton (Derby Council's planning committee chair), councillors were provided with an overview of Derby, a city that combines the very best of British manufacturing with a world class leisure and heritage offer.

Other speakers included representatives from Local Government Association, the Planning Officers' Society, the Planning Inspectorate and the Planning Advisory Service (PAS), amongst many others. Additionally, the day featured interactive workshops and a Question Time-style panel.

The event, thanks to funding support from PAS, was free to local planning councillors from across England.

The Roundhouse in Derby is an award-winning Conference venue that has been created within the envelope of an engine turning shed immediately adjacent to Derby station.

For more information about PIPA click here.