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Young British planners present at major European planning conference

30 May 2018

Young Planners Europeant Council Of Town Planners Conference 2018 Janet Askew

Effective use of the planning system can harness the benefits and mitigate the impacts of airports on urban development, a major European conference has heard.

Six young planners – representing the RTPI – shared their expertise about planning’s role in aviation, using examples from Southampton and London to Mexico City and Hong Kong. They are pictured with Janet Askew MRTPI, Chair of RTPI International and RTPI Past President who was also at the conference.

Michele Vianello, RTPI International Policy and Research Officer, who was on hand to support the young planners said:

“The delegation of RTPI Young Planners covered the most diverse range of topics and geographical areas across the delegations represented at the workshop. We look forward to continue supporting the next generation of planners in promoting the value of planning in Europe and beyond.”

Speaking after the conference, young planner Jeffrey Ng said:

 “Kai Tai [Hong Kong’s former international airport] shows how the importance of post-use planning and the long-time life-cycle of airports can play a vital role in a city and should be considered in all planning phases.”

Young planners Alice Lawrence and Jen Samuelson said:

“Whilst constraints currently prevent Southampton Airport from achieving Airport City status at present, there is potential for technological advancements to overcome such constraints. Technology will play a key role in the future growth of regional airports.”

  • Alicia Lawrence, Graduate Airport Planner at Arup, presented on Stockholm Arlanda Airport City and its integrated approach to sustainable urban growth around it
  • Anna Bevington, Senior Planner at Arup, presented a masterplan for the new Mexico City International Airport for it to become the world’s “most sustainable”
  • Oscar Wong, Assistant Planner at London City Airport, discussed the role of planning in major airport developments in dense urban environments
  • Jen Samuelson, Senior Planner, and Alice Drew, Planner at Barton Willmore presented a study on the potential for Southampton Airport to develop into an Airport City of regional importance for the South West of England
  • Jeffrey Ng, Planning Officer, Surrey County Council, presented the development of former Kai Tai Airport in Hong Kong into a new development area with mixed uses

The presentations took place on Friday 18 May, during the General Assembly of the European Council of Spatial Planners – Conseil Europeen des Urbanistes - at the Maison de l’Environnement of the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport and was supported by ADP-Airports de Paris.

More information: RTPI International