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#PlanTalk Getting DM ready for the world of plantech with Mike Kiely

18 May 2020 at 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM / London / Online

18 May 2020 at 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM
RTPI London | [email protected]

This event forms part of the RTPI Online Events 2020 series and is brought to you by RTPI London and Greater London Authority

Mike Kiely is a chartered town planner and MBA qualified manager with over 40 years’ experience in local government, most of that in London and 14 years at service head level and above. He is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, formerly president of the Planning Officers Society and now chair of its Board. Mike works closely with government and across the sector to shape planning in England. In 2015 he set up his consultancy, Mike Kiely planning regeneration, to specialise in assisting local authorities to perform better and be more effective.  

As we enter Industry 4.0, the fourth stage of the industrial revolution, we embrace a connected world of big data and analytics driving like never before the world of work, rest and play. Mike will look at what might be around the corner in the context of the different forms of development we deal with and questions whether the way the planning system operates from a legislative point of view needs to change to be ready for the future. Areas Mike will look at are:

  • To facilitate the operation of Design Codes for the construction of new buildings, should we expand the Permission in Principle regime to include all types and sizes of development and review the need for applications for outline planning permission to continue in their current form?
  • To facilitate automated approaches to permitted development, should we allow local planning authority’s residential extension guidelines (and other similar documents) to become a form a permitted development but not a rigid Development Order approach?
  • To enable town centres in particular to be managed so their future is more secure, should we review the operation of the Use Classes Order from the perspective of seeing whether there are better ways to control the differences between use classes from an activity impact point of view? Should we test whether a comprehensive licensing or permitting approach would be better given the way land use, particularly in town centres, is set to change and will need a nimbler regime than applications for planning permission to manage these areas?


  • Peter Kemp – Greater London Authority (Host)
  • Mike Keily - Planning Officers Society (POS) London

The format of the session will be a 15 minute presentation followed by a 15 minute Q&A.

A recording of this session will be available on the #plantalk You Tube channel shortly afterwards.