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RTPI's guide to the planning system in 2017

Thursday, 23 February 2017 at 9:30AM - 4:30PM
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

This conference addresses RTPI’s hot topics for planners for the year ahead.

It will open with an update from DCLG, including the implications of the Housing and Planning Act, followed by a briefing on the key developments in planning law. The RTPI will then outline its priorities for 2017, including how it will support members in an ever-changing planning environment.

The conference will then move onto how planners can respond to resourcing challenges while improving performance and delivery, and even how to promote more proactive and positive planning.

The afternoon will cover the wider context of Brexit, what recent international agreements on climate change and urban development will mean for planners on the ground – and the possible future(s) for planning.



9.00 Registration and coffee

9.30 Welcome and introduction by the Chair

Dr Michael Harris, Deputy Head of Policy and Research, RTPI

9.40 DCLG update

  • Planning Update
  • The Government’s ambition for change
  • The White Paper

Steve Quartermain, Chief Planner, DCLG

10.20 Planning law update

Scott Stemp, 12 College Place

11.00 Coffee and networking

11.20 RTPI overview 

  • Membership survey results
  • Our work programme:
    • Better Planning
    • Value Of Planning
    • Place Poverty Inequality
    • Planning and Tech
  • RTPI Mind Map

Joseph Kilroy, Policy Officer, RTPI

11.50 Responding to the pressures on local authority planning

  • Report on research investigating local planning authoring resourcing in terms of budgets, staff and skills/experience
  • Suggesting practical ways in which local planning authorities, planning consultants and developers can respond

Kieron Hyams, Associate, Arup

12.20 Proactive planning: Making the case for Crossrail2

  • Strategically planning for CR2
  • The growth potential
  • CR2 case study: Meridian Water
  • Planning tensions

Peter George, Assistant Director – Regeneration,Enfield Borough Council

12.50 Questions and discussion

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Brexit 

  • Current state of understanding of the departure negotiations, and likely outcomes
  • Implications for environment policy and legislation applying in the UK
  • Key legislation on process
  • Key legislation on environmental impacts
  • Impact of uncertainty, and scope for doubt among developers and planners.

Martin Nesbit, Senior Fellow, Institute for European Environmental Policy 

2.40 Global issues

  • Habitat III
  • UN Habitat’s New Urban Agenda

3.20 What if? Scenarios for the future of planning

  • Will the planning system be given more powers to guide a housing market that many feel is broken?
  • Will 2017 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 Visiting Fellow: Department of Land Economy, Cambridge

4.00 Questions and discussion

4.20 Conclusion by the Chair

Dr Michael Harris

4.30 Close of conference