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It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission - how do we get design right first time

Tuesday, 05 March 2019 at 10:00AM - 4:30PM
Somerset County Cricket Club Ltd, The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, Somerset, Taunton TA1 1JT, UK
RTPI South West

Event full - please contact to be added to the waiting list.  We hope to release more places.

Alternative events:
Planning and design: making better places (London)

Planning and design: making better places (Cambridge)

Urban Design and Masterplanning for Planners - The Basics

RTPI SW CPD Day which will include at least 2 Designed themed workshops

This event, held in conjunction with Creating Excellence/The Design Network, will explore both policies and processes aimed at promoting excellence in design quality and place making. TLogohe NPPF now places greater emphasis on delivering design quality through the planning system. Design NetworkDrawing on the understanding gained through a programme of inquiry with local authority members and officers working towards improving design outcomes, the seminar will examine the opportunities for and obstacles to achieving positive planning. Specifically, the event will explore best practice in embedding good design in planning policy and decision making.  Afternoon workshops will examine: approaches to ensuring that design is addressed throughout the planning process; the use of design tools and techniques; methods for engaging communities and elected members in design issues; and the knowledge and skills needed to negotiate over elements of design.

Event sponsored by

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Speaker and topics:

  • A new emphasis on design, NPPF2 overview
    Andy Von Bradsky, Architectural and Built Environment Advisor, Housing Supply and Planning Directorate at MCHLG
  • What’s next following the Raynsford Review and inspirational place making
    Speaker TBC
  • Housing delivery – best practice and pitfalls: from development brief to delivery
    Andy Ward, Director at NEW Masterplanning Ltd
  • Community engagement –– how to involve people in place-making and design discussions
    Richard Eastham, Director at Feria Urbanism

Workshops/Site Visit:
Delegates to pre-select 2 workshops.

  1. Workshop 1: Allocating sites to support place making
    Andy Ward, Director at NEW Masterplanning Ltd
    Richard Eastham, Director at Feria Urbanism

  2. Workshop 2: How to embed design into policy requirements, design tools and techniques
    Amy Burbidge, Design Action Manager at North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit

  3. Site Visit 3: BFL12 in practice, site visit to Firepool housing scheme
    Juliet Bidgood, Architect/Urban Designer
    Chris Balch, Chair of RTPI South West 2019

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 2019 programme, you may download the group booking form and email to

Download the full 2019 programme.

Exhibitor Opportunities
We now welcome exhibitors to showcase their firm, recent developments and to further engage with RTPI Members and professionals in planning. Please contact for further information.

0207 929 8190