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The changing role of Planning in Regeneration HYBRID Seminar

21 September 2023 at 10:00 AM - 04:30 PM / England / South West England / United Kingdom / Conference / Online

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21 September 2023 at 10:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Kingston Maurward Conference Centre, Kingston Maurward, Dorchester, United Kingdom, DT2 8PY
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RTPI South West | [email protected]

RTPI South West welcomes to you their CPD Seminar series for 2023. This is a HYBRID Seminar so you may opt to attend in-person or virtually. We hope this enables the event to be as inclusive and accessible as possible.


The world in which we live is always changing and over the last 30 years the face of our cities, towns and even rural communities have evolved beyond recognition. The manner in which we live, shop, play and communicate has changed. The advent of a broader global economy, the rise of the internet for shopping and communication has led to the decline of the traditional high street; this combined with an increasing housing crisis means regeneration of our communities has a significant role to play in maintaining or creating great places to live, work and play. This day will consider various aspects of regeneration and present a variety of case studies from around the region. 

Speakers and Topics

  • The South Gloucestershire experience
    Nigel Riglar, South Gloucestershire

  • The role of the public sector in unlocking regeneration plans
    Paul will be discussing how public sector land can support regeneration and why Councils and wider public sector partners should take a strong leadership role in driving forward transformational change in places.
    Paul Britton, Regional Programme Manager for the SW at the Local Government Association

  • The role of the planning officer in urban regeneration projects
    Stuart Wingfield is Head of Development Management at Plymouth City Council. He  will draw on his experience in this and previous roles to explore the value that local authority planning and urban design officers can bring to the regeneration process. This will range from visioning and policy setting, managing complex planning applications, to securing funding and driving delivery.

  • Enabling, negotiation and mediating: the role of local planning authorities in bringing forward brownfield land for housing development
    This presentation will draw on 8 case studies commissioned by the Planning Advisory Service to explore the many roles played by planning and planners in seeking to facilitate housing on brownfield land. 
    Hannah Hickman, UWE

  • Development vs Regeneration: Negotiating to deliver prosperous places.
    This presentation will draw on the difference between development and regeneration and how planners need to adapt their approach to each, being prepared to negotiate on policy to unlock sites and ensure the delivery of prosperous places.
    James Windsor, Director at Inner Circle Consulting

  • Using heritage as a catalyst for regeneration - Case studies from Ryde, Newport & Reading
    Local communities often have a strong and at times emotional connection to their local architectural and built environment heritage. Our surroundings embody memory, tell stories and communicate feelings of belonging. The high streets of Ryde and Newport (both on the Isle of Wight) and the Oxford Road in Reading have been designated as High Street Heritage Action Zones (HSHAZs). The award-winning Bournemouth-based urban design and planning practice Feria Urbanism was appointed to work with the communities on these three streets to help reveal these memories, stories and feelings and use the results to inform a series of heritage-led regeneration initiatives.  
    Richard Eastham, Feria Urbanism

  • Progressing Regeneration Schemes from concept to successful delivery on the ground
    Regeneration is challenging.  David will be sharing his team’s experience in in progressing complex regeneration schemes from concept through to successful delivery on the ground. David will draw on Swindon’s experiences of delivering a new UK HQ for Zurich, and coordinating its Heritage Action Zone, Towns Fund and Future High Streets programmes, to provide practical pointers on how the obstacles to successful project delivery can be overcome.
    David Dewart, Head of Strategic Place Making at Swindon Borough Council

  • Urban regeneration or urban resuscitation – the rural market town
    Christie McCombe, Mid Devon District Council

  • Gravity LDO – Delivering a streamlined planning process to realise long-term strategic ambitions.
    The Gravity LDO has consented up to 1.1million square meters of employment floorspace, up to 750 associated dwellings and reinstatement of a redundant rail line as part of a smart campus, designed to facilitate giga-scale advanced manufacturing floorspace which in turn will stimulate and initiate economic restructuring for a clean growth economy in Somerset, the region and wider UK. The Gravity LDO represents one of the largest LDOs ever delivered and in a very short timeframe. Sam will explore the reasons for this including the LPAs long-term strategy for reinventing the brownfield site, the positive stakeholder approach taken throughout and how the LDO was the right tool to achieve this on this Enterprise Zone site.
    Sam Harper, Director of Planning at Stantec

  • Closing Keynote: The Mindful Regenerist
    Natascha McIntyre Hall, Head of Regeneration at Gleeds


Please follow the booking links below.  

If you wish to do a group booking please contact [email protected] 

RTPI South West are happy to support RTPI Members and Students who are unemployed or financially precluded from attending local CPD events. Please contact [email protected] to discuss opportunities. 

Speakers needed

If you would like to speak at this or other events, please do get in touch.

Sponsorship Opportunities

RTPI South West have a range of sponsorship opportunities for a number of events in the year, so please do get in touch to discuss. As well as supporting events which raise the profile of planning, they are a great way of aligning to your organisation values and goals.