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Lord Heseltine to speak at RTPI event

20 May 2019

The Rt Hon. the Lord Heseltine will be speaking at ‘Planning for Northern People and Places’, a major conference hosted by the RTPI in partnership with IPPR North on 30 May 2019.

The conference will launch the RTPI’s ambitions for transforming the north through better planning.

Lord Heseltine will make a speech at the conference, responding to these ambitions and answering audience questions.

A prominent figure in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, including serving as Deputy Prime Minister under the latter, Heseltine’s vision and support for the regeneration of Liverpool in the early 1980s was instrumental in turning around the city’s economic fortunes.

Spatial planning will give more focus on people and places

In 2016, the RTPI and IPPR North published a Blueprint for a Great North Plan which built on extensive research and consultation with stakeholders across the North. It described how, with its focus on people and places, spatial planning could ensure that the Northern Powerhouse agenda improve places and quality of life across all the North’s cities, towns and villages.

Over the last 12 months, RTPI has been working with the University of Newcastle and Peter Brett Associates to develop a set of shared ambitions to advance strategic planning and governance across the North, which:

  • promotes co-operation beyond traditional boundaries;
  • creates a joined-up approach that helps Northern towns, cities and rural areas develop sustainably; and
  • ensures that prosperity generated by the Northern Powerhouse is shared as widely as possible, not just in the key cities

Other speakers

The conference also features a number of leading experts to discuss the ambitions,  including Tim Foster, Head of Economic Advice at Transport for the North; Edna Robinson, Chair of the People’s Powerhouse; and Sarah Davies, Northern Powerhouse Strategic Lead at the Environment Agency.

More details about the conference is here