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Rural Land Use: securing England’s needs?

This year’s Nathaniel Lichfield annual lecture will be given by Baroness Barbara Young of Old Scone on the topic ‘Rural Land Use: securing England’s needs?’

Baroness Young of Old Scone will cover the multiple needs for land and the growing and conflicting pressures, describing the process that has finally led to the government in England committing to a land use framework, and compare what is going on in the four nations and Ireland. Baroness Young will outline the principles of a land use framework and the policies and processes to make it a reality nationally and locally and will map the benefits of a longer term, strategic and integrated approach to the scarce resource of land.

This evening event will take place on 6 December 2023 at The Gem Fitzrovia Hotel, London, W1W 5NB and the lecture will also be available simultaneously online.  

It is free for RTPI members to attend in-person and online. In-person attendees are invited to stay for networking drinks after the lecture. Members and non-members are welcome.

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Barbara, Baroness Young of Old Scone, has served as a Member of the House of Lords since 1997 with special interests, among others, in the environment, agriculture, land use, planning, natural resources and climate change. She has been Chairman of the Woodland Trust since 2016 and was appointed the Chairman of Council at the Royal Veterinary College in July 2019.

Her other voluntary positions include Honorary President of the South Georgia Heritage Trust; Patron of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Management; and Vice President of RSPB, Bird Life International and Flora and Fauna International. She has formerly held a variety of environmental leadership roles, including Chief Executive of RSPB, Chairman of English Nature, and Chief Executive of the Environment Agency.

Baroness Barbara Young of Old Scone began her career in health service management in teaching districts in Scotland and London. She was also foundering chair of the Care Quality Commission, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK and Deputy Chairman of the BBC. 

Baroness Barbara Young of Old Scone is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Lindsey Richards FRTPI, RTPI Vice President 2023 will chair the lecture.

Timing and ticket prices

Please note the timing varies between in-person and online attendance as below:

Registration: 5:30pm - 5:50pm 
Lecture: 5:50pm - 7:00pm
Networking drinks: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Lecture 5:50pm 7:00pm 


Member - Free
Non-member - £35.00 + VAT 

Member - Free
Non-member - £25.00 + VAT 

*Please note there are limited tickets available so book early to avoid disappointment.  

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This annual lecture is held in memory of Professor Nathaniel Lichfield. A generous endowment for the lecture was received from Nathaniel Lichfield's widow Dalia Lichfield in 2011 ensuring we can continue to deliver this event. Many thanks to the Lichfield family.

Supported by:





Baroness Barbara Young

Member of the House of Lords

Lindsey Richards

Vice President