Southampton is one of several city areas along the South Coast of England undergoing major transformation. Along with Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, billions of pounds are being invested in infrastructure, amenities, new commercial developments and thousands of new homes. But how can planners ensure that these exciting changes deliver successful places?
It is fitting then, that the maritime city of Southampton will provide the backdrop to the annual Young Planners’ Conference, hosted by the South Coast Young Planners (pictured below). It will explore the theme of 'Planning for Successful Places' and will ask the critical questions: what makes a place successful and how can planning facilitate this? Purchase your tickets now.
This year’s Young Planners’ Conference is going to be a must attend event, as it’s packed with an array of engaging speakers including DCLG’s Chief Planner Steve Quartermain and the RTPI’s Chief Executive Trudi Elliott. Having attended in the past it’s an excellent way to stay up to date on the latest planning issues, emerging research and to network with other young planners.
Lucy Seymour-Bowdery, Chair of South Coast Young Planners Network, said:
"This year’s Young Planners’ Conference is going to be a must attend event, as it’s packed with an array of engaging speakers including DCLG’s Chief Planner Steve Quartermain and the RTPI’s Chief Executive Trudi Elliott. Having attended in the past it’s an excellent way to stay up to date on the latest planning issues, emerging research and to network with other young planners."
Politics of Planning Places
The UK planning system has experienced significant change as a result of political decisions in recent years. This session will reflect on the effects of previous planning reform in this decade including the introduction of the NPPF and Localism Act. Following the UK general election, the session will also look ahead to future challenges.
Place making under pressure: The Environmental Balance
Protecting our environment whilst supporting economic growth and development has always been a balancing act for planners. This session will seek to identify examples of development where environmental considerations have enhanced and enabled the success of places. The session will explore topics such as planning in National Parks, waste planning and climate change.
Planning for South Coast Communities
This session will explore key challenges facing planners and communities on the South Coast. The session will enable young planners to understand how we can better plan for an ageing population, the role of investment and regeneration in future-proofing our coastal communities, and how the South Coast can contribute to the supply of housing in the region.
Designing Successful Places
This session will ask how good design can shape the success of places in the UK and how the planning system plays an important role in facilitating good design.
Planning for Growth
How can planners influence the sustainable growth of places? This session will focus on economic growth and will explore the importance of infrastructure planning, the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) and funding opportunities.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Steve Quartermain CBE, Chief Planner, DCLG
- Trudi Elliott CBE, Chief Executive, RTPI
- Andrew Whitaker, Planning Director, Home Builders Federation
- Alethea Evans, Principal Planner, Essex County Council
- Dr Janice Morphet, Visiting Professor UCL Bartlett School of Planning
- Catriona Riddell, Catriona Riddell Associates
- Tim Slaney, Director of Planning, South Downs National Park Authority
- Donna Moles, Neighbourhood Development Plan Officer, Arun District Council
- Bryan Jezeph, Bryan Jezeph Consultancy
The conference will be held on Friday 9th October to Saturday 10th October, at the iconic Grand Harbour Hotel (pictured, right) located along the waterfront close to the city centre.
Workshops which will provide young planners with opportunities to develop or enhance practical skills, explore key topics in greater detail or obtain essential advice on the Assessment of Professional Competent process. Study tours around Southampton and the wider area will allow delegates to examples of best practice from the South Coast.
A drinks reception will be held on the Thursday evening to welcome early arrivals to the city and to launch the two-day event. A formal dinner will be held on the Friday at the Hotel Novotel.
The generous headline sponsors for this conference are Savills and Turley. We would also like to thank our other kind sponsors including No 5 Chambers, WYG, Bilfinger GVA and Barton Willmore.
Purchase your tickets now.