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Current issues in planning

Thursday, 07 December 2017 at 9:00AM - 4:45PM
Prospero House (etc Venues), 241 Borough High St, London SE1 1GA
£349 for RTPI members (From £199 with a season ticket)
£199 for licentiate members and independent consultants; £140 for students, unemployed and retired; £449 standard price
RTPI Conferences

Throughout the year RTPI Conferences have been focusing on the latest planning legislation and highlighting examples of good planning practice. This final round up conference brings together the eight best papers from our conferences and briefings, as voted for by the delegates. The sessions will provide a lively wide-reaching forum for discussion and debate.

Whatever your role in spatial planning, join us as we reveal eight outstanding briefing papers on the current issues that really matter.

Benefits of attending

This conference will help you:

  1. Watch the best industry speakers and be inspired for 2018
  2. Gain vital insights into the planning process
  3. Understand the different issues planners are currently facing
  4. Challenge your thinking - with respected experts and fellow peers
  5. Benefit from networking opportunities

Who should attend?

  • All planners – private, public and voluntary sector
  • Elected members
  • Representatives of community and environmental groups
  • Commercial and retail developers
  • House builders
  • Members of the legal profession
  • Urban designers, architects, surveyors, landscape architects and other allied professionals


Conference programme

9.00 Registration and coffee

9.30 Welcome and introduction by the Chair

John Acres, RTPI Vice President

9.40 Case law update

  • Green belts
  • Permitted development
  • Habitats regulations
  • Procedural fairness   

Scott Stemp, No5 Chambers

10.20 Local authority perspective – London 

  • Setting up as a charging authority
  • Operating as a charging authority, including collecting for the Mayor.
  • Assignment of CIL to support infrastructure

Sara Dilmamode, Director, Cities Mode

11.00 Coffee and networking

11.20 Movement, places and quality streets

  • How we lay out mixed use sustainable developments around walking and the human scale
  • Movement frameworks for development
  • Examples of urban extension projects and how they have been structured
  • Use of design coding and good public realm and street design

Andrew Cameron, Director, WSP Group

12.00 Why planning for sport, open space and recreation matters

  • New Strategy; Towards an Active Nation
  • Inactivity and the mass market, the role of open space and Active Design
  • Sport England role in the planning system
  • Planning tools and guidance
  • The sports planning framework; Protect, Provide and Enhance

Owen Neal, Sport England

12.40 Panel discussion

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Viability

  • Affordable housing delivery in the current economic climate
  • The impact of national policy on viability of sites and affordable housing delivery
  • How affordable housing requirements are changing
  • Ways in which affordable housing providers are responding to change
  • Challenges for the future

Anthony Lee, Senior Director, BNP Paribas Real Estate

2.30 Local plans: a local authority perspective

  • Getting the strategy right at the right spatial context
  • Getting the delivery right with the right Governance
  • Ensuring that the evidence is in place
  • Meeting Duty to Cooperate
  • Local Plans and their role in the context of the Housing and Planning Act and the way forward

Mike Smith, Walsall Council

3.00 Tea and networking

3.15 Minerals and waste developments in Lancashire

  • Applications in Lancashire
  • Policy
  • Determination and resource demands
  • Lessons Learned

Andy Mullaney, Head of Planning & Environment, Lancashire County Council

3.45 What if? Scenarios for the future of planning

  • Should the planning system be given more powers to guide a housing market that many recognise as being broken?
  • Will 2018 be the year of a national debate on green belt policy and new settlements?
  • Will national governments finally decide to resource the planning system adequately?

Kelvin MacDonald, Senior Fellow: Department of Land Economy,            Cambridge

4.15 Panel discussion

4.40 Conclusion by the chair 

John Acres

4.45 Close of conference