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The Planning Fringe

Organised by Plymouth City Council and RTPI South West

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 at 9:00AM - 1:00PM
Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University
RTPI South West

This year Plymouth will be hosting the 13th European Biennial of Towns and Town Planners 2019, themed ‘Planning on the Edge’. As a precursor to this international event, RTPI South West and Plymouth City Council, who is a partner in the biennial, will be curating the Planning Fringe.

This event aims to explore the fringes of planning practice and especially how it engages with wider society. It will attempt to formulate answers to questions such as:

  • How does planning engage with current and future generations? What can we do to improve this interaction?
  • How do we see the profession evolve and make it fit for the difficult questions which lie ahead?
  • What is the role of design within planning?

The aim of this fringe event is to provide an independent gateway into the issues our city will face now and, in the future, to actively engage the general public and associated professions with the purpose of the planning profession and to create a greater diversity in the people involved in planning.


  • Setting the scene - What are the issues our cities will face in the future?
    Graham Devine, Director of LHC Design -
  • Changing planning practice within local authorities
    Finn Williams, Co-founder & CEO Public Practice
  • Engaging the public in the planning process
    Sophia de Sousa, Chief Executive The Glasshouse Community Led-design
  • Tackling Climate change through Design
    Tom Armour, Global Landscape Architecture Lead, Arup
  • Valuing Natural Capital
    Robin Smale, Director Vivid Economics –

The event will take place on the Wednesday the 11th of September from 0900 to 1300 at the Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University.

This event is sponsored by LHC Design -

Tickets can be booked here: