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Planning in 2048: How digital innovation is changing the way we plan

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 at 10:00AM - 4:30PM
City Marriott, Bristol BS1 3AD, UK
RTPI South West

Technology is changing how we view the world around us and how we interact with each other. This joint event with West of England Young Planners will look at how the planning process can and is harnessing this to improve stakeholder engagement in both plan making and development. A range of exhibitors will be also available throughout the day.

Session 1: Disruptive technology and its impact on how we work as planners

  • Intro to Disruptive Tech and the Future of Planning Project - Stefan Webb, Head of Digitising Planning at Future Cities Catapult


  • Engagement and Planning - Andrea Kellegher  Senior Consultant, Strategic Communications at Turley
  • VR as a Design and Consultation Tool

    Ossian Whiley, Co-founder of Whiley + Blake VR & Interactive Media

  • Analysing responses - Ben Fowkes, Commercial Director at Citizen space

Automation – ‘Tech-Talks’

  • Automated Policy Analysis - Daniel Mohammed, Urban Intelligence
  • 'What if we could turn planning code into ... code?

    Helen Lawrence, Operations & Partnerships at WikiHouse
    Dennis Sangweme, Borough of Southwark

  • "Will a robot take my planning job, and what should I do about it?” - Tom Heath, Arup

Session 2: Digital innovation and what cities we could be planning!

Smart cities

  • Planning Smart City Regions
    James Harris, RTPI Policy & Networks Manager
  • Considering the end-to-end journey in planning for autonomous vehicles on the strategic road network
    Dr Joanna White, Intelligent Transport Systems Group, Highways England
  • Smart Cities: the good, the bad and the ugly
    Peter Cooper at McKinsey
  • Modelling Resilience in city-regions

    Stephen Passmore, Technology Director at Resilience Brokers

Session 3: Case Studies

  • Oxford Smart City - Making the Best Use of IoT Technologies to Extract and Analyse Mobile Data
    Laura Peacock, Innovation Manager, Innovation & Development – Communities, Oxfordshire County Council
  • Planning for Connectivity – current and future
    Heather Saxton, Programme Manager, City Innovation & Sustainability, Bristol City Council
    Nat Robinson, Legible City team at Bristol City Council
  • Birmingham – planning for a Liveable City by measuring what counts
    Nick Grayson, Climate Change and Sustainability Manager, Birmingham City Council



We hope to host range of exhibitors engaged with future technology for the planning sector including:

Please contact if you are interested in exhibiting.


During the event we will also hold the RTPI South West Annual General Meeting which takes about 15 minutes.
The Principal role of the AGM is to consider and endorse the Annual Review of the RTPI South West relating to the year 2017 for submission to the National Institute. It is an opportunity for members to question the RTPI South West officers on the year activities and finances. The AGM will take place before lunch during the conference. RTPI Members are welcome to attend the AGM element for free. Please register attendance to

More information on the Regional Management Board and Activities Committee

How to book
Follow the online booking links below - you can pay online or request an invoice. We ask that you try to complete the purchase order number field at point of booking or forward soon after.

For multiple bookings accross the 2018 programme, you may download the booking form and email to

Download the full 2018 programme.

0207 929 8190