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#IdeaExchange 9: A 21st Century London City Region

16 October 2020 at 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM / National / London / Online

16 October 2020 at 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Over the last decade, the loss of an effective strategic planning mechanism has resulted in, at best an uncoordinated approach to spatial planning and at worst, complete disarray, especially around London and Birmingham.

In spite of the system, new models of strategic planning are emerging for the 21st Century. Led by local authorities, most have been driven by the need to align and integrate long term spatial, economic, environment and infrastructure priorities; to address significant challenges around climate change and health and wellbeing; and to access additional funding to deliver sustainable growth.  We are also now seeing the re-emergence of government-led regional planning in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc. The Government’s plans for reforming the planning system, set out in the White Paper, Planning for the Future, include proposals to replace the Duty to Cooperate but no suggestions for an alternative strategic planning mechanism are included.

This Webinar will start to consider whether a return to more effective joined up strategic planning within London’s city-region should be part of current Government planning reforms. It will consider:

  • Why this part of the system is essential if we are to deliver long term ‘good’ growth
  • How this approach should address post-Covid recovery, and long-term trends for economic activity away from its focus on London’s Central Area
  • Why we need to rebuild strategic planning skills and capacity in local (and national) government.


  • Catriona Riddell – Catriona Riddell & Associates Limited
  • Steve Barton - Strategic Planning Manager, Ealing Council
  • James Harris - RTPI
  • Tom Venables, RTPI London (Chair)

This event forms part of RTPI Online series 2020, brought to you by RTPI London.