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Planning for Urban Childhoods – embedding a child-friendly approach into London’s planning framework

Tuesday, 01 May 2018 at 8:15AM - 10:00AM
Arup, 8 Fitzroy St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 4BQ, UK
RTPI London

If cities fail to address the needs of children, they risk economic and cultural impacts as families move away - 300,000 people left London in the first half of 2016. The amount of time children spend playing outdoors, their ability to get around independently, and their level of contact with nature are strong indicators of how a city is performing. Through this event, we will ask how we, as planners, can begin to think more actively about these challenges in order to foster an inclusive city that work better for everyone.


This breakfast seminar will explore, through an interactive panel debate:


  • How can planners maximise limited resources in order to foster a child-friendly approach to policymaking in London?
  • Does the profession need to be more innovative in order to engage more successfully with young people?
  • And how can key stakeholders support the profession in embedding these principles into the everyday work of planners across the capital?



  • Sam Williams and Felicitas zu Dohna, Arup (Presentation)
  • Matt Dillon, Arup
  • Tim Gill, Rethinking Childhood
  • Lucy Saunders, TfL
  • Michael Chang, TCPA
  • Liz Prosser, GLA