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The Circular Economy - What does this mean for Planning?

29 November 2022 at 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM / South West England / International / United Kingdom / Online

29 November 2022 at 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
RTPI - Webinar, Online Event, Multimedia Training, Online, United Kingdom, 000000
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The term 'Circular Economy' has been around since the late 1980s to describe an economic system where waste at extraction, production, and consumption stages is turned into inputs. Put plainly, a circular economy encourages a transition from a 'take, make, and throw away' model, to one in which natural and technological resources are retained and reused at equal value.  Essentially encouraging a 'cradle-to-cradle' rather than 'cradle-to-grave' mindset during the design process.

What does this mean for planning? A ‘Circular Economy Statement’ is currently a validation requirement for Referrable planning applications in London.  More widely, forward-thinking planning authorities are increasingly requiring that the whole-of-life impact of a development be assessed at planning stage. This often requires design changes at the outset so that disassembly and re-use can be designed in.

This webinar will set the scene and explain a little more about the concepts behind Circular Economy and Cradle-to-Cradle design, then explore what this means for planning and the built environment.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Candice Quartermain (Circular Economy Australia)
  • Rhiannon Smith (Barton Willmore)
  • Michael Robinson-Moltke (Stantec)


If you are unable to attend the live webinar, do still book this event as you will then have access to the recording to watch in your own time.