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Planning for Northern People and Places

A major conference hosted by the RTPI and IPPR North

Thursday, 30 May 2019 at 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Addleshaw Goddard LLP, 3 Sovereign Square, Leeds, LS1 4ER
Fully Booked
RTPI Marketing

In 2016, the RTPI and IPPR North published a Blueprint for a Great North Plan which built on 12 months of research and consultation with stakeholders across the North. It described how, with its focus on people and places, spatial planning could ensure that pan-Northern strategies  improve places and quality of life across all of the North’s cities, towns and villages.

Over the last 12 months, RTPI has been working with the University of Newcastle and Peter Brett Associates to develop a set of shared ambitions to advance strategic planning and governance across the North, which:

  • promote co-operation beyond traditional boundaries
  • create a joined-up approach that helps Northern towns, cities and rural areas develop sustainably
  • ensures that prosperity generated by the Northern Powerhouse is shared as widely as possible, not just in the key cities

The conference, hosted by the RTPI in partnership with IPPR North, will showcase a range of high-profile speakers including a keynote speech by Lord Michael Heseltine, to launch the RTPI’s ambitions for transforming spatial planning in the North.

Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Sarah Davies, Northern Powerhouse Strategic Lead at the Environment Agency
  • Edna Robinson, Chair of the People’s Powerhouse
  • Tim Foster, Transport for the North and overseeing the refresh of the NIER
  • Celia Wong, University of Manchester
  • Sarah Longlands, Director of IPPR North
  • Keith Mitchell, Chairman of Peter Brett Associates

This event is now fully booked. To place your name on the waiting list, please click here or contact

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