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RTPI Nathaniel Lichfield Lecture

Participation 50 years after Skeffington

This year's Nathaniel Lichfield Lecture will take place on the evening of Monday 18 November at the London School of Economics.

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This year's lecture will be given by Professor Gavin Parker - Director of Planning Programmes, Henley Business School, University of Reading.

The 18 November is exactly 50 years since the Skeffington Report was released. Prof Parker will join us to discuss what we learnt from the Skeffington Report, what the landscape looks like now and what we need to do to ensure we are engaging effectively in the future. In particular he will discuss these key points in more depth;

  • The need to accept that efforts to date to build trust and engage widely and effectively with communities have largely failed
  • Trust in planning, in developers and in both local and national government contiues to be low
  • The need to explore in a systematic way how to engage effectively, when, with whom and the basis for community input
  • Frontline planners in Local Authorities cannot perform as participatory agents alone
  • He will call for both a review and an independent national body to inform, organise and support participatory activity.

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A generous endowment for the lecture was received from Nathaniel Lichfield's widow Dalia Lichfield in 2011 ensuring we are able to contiue to deliver this event. Many thanks to the Lichfield family.

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