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The Planner Live North

Collaboration, Competition and Community
19 March 2024 at 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM / North East England / North West England / Yorkshire / Conference

19 March 2024 at 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Hotel Football, 99 Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester, United Kingdom, M16 0SZ
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The Planner Live North - Collaboration, Competition and Community
Tuesday 19 March, 10.00am - 4.30pm - Hotel Football, Manchester

Current economic forces tend to drive inequality and divisions in society. This has been particularly acute when looking at intra-regional divisions across the North both between and within communities. In this conference we pose the question: “How would a rejuvenated planning system help reduce division, increase collaboration and assist in delivering sustainable development without inhibiting natural competition between communities?”

Examining how these elements help drive policy at pan-regional, town, city and neighbourhood levels, the conference will enable delegates to share experiences and participate in new RTPI research on the development of a renewed Strategic Planning Approach for the North of England.

View Outline Programme and Speakers

Plenary Sessions

  • Planning for the North
  • Collaboration or Competition - achieving success
  • Strategic Planning - an unmet need?
  • Northern Stories: A narrative for people and place

Breakout Sessions

  • Collaboration -Partnership working and best practice - how to achieve success.
  • Competition - within the north and beyond
  • Best practice in community engagement - what does it look like and how do we achieve results? 
  • Strategic approaches to delivering development
  • Strategic approaches to delivering environmental benefits

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Hotel Football is a 3 minute walk from The Wharfside tram stop or a 10 minute walk from Old Trafford tram stop.  Metrolink is connected to mainline railway stations Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria.

Learn more about our speakers

Jane Healey-Brown FRTPI

Director Planning North West and Yorkshire - ARUP

Lindsey Richards


Tom Bridges

Director at Arup

Chris Myers

Programme and Project Delivery Manager, Regeneration and Economic Growth, Durham County Council

James Beynon

Director at Quod

Sam Veal

Executive Director, Igloo Regeneration

Toby Forbes-Turner

Planning Manager, City of Lincoln Council

Emilly Kitching Bower

Senior Planner, Arup (Change Champion)

Claire Linley

Planning Director at Strata Homes

Holly Froggatt

Senior Planner and Enabling Manager, Homes England

Will Steel

Chair (2024) and Principal Planning Consultant at Atkins

Darren Muir

Director - Planning, Pegasus Group (Junior Vice Chair)

Emma Dickson

Director, Head of Strategic Communications North at Turley

David Mountain

Research Manager, RTPI

Hannah Hickman

Associate Professor - Planning Practice, University of the West of England

Catriona Riddell FRTPI

Director, Catriona Riddell & Associates

Richard Wood

Director, Richard Wood Associates

Matthew Dugdale

Chair / Divisional Planning Manager, Richborough

Timothy David Crawshaw

RTPI NE Regional Chair (Past RTPI President)

Nina Pindham

Barrister No5 Chambers

Simon Wicks

Deputy editor of The Planner / Redactive

Jennie Savage

Associate at Public Realm Policy, Tower Hamlets

Joe Shute

Author and national newspaper journalist