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Past Events

Thursday 8 November 2018

Professor Christine Whitehead HonMRTPI, Emeritus Professor of Housing Economics at LSE

Are planners really the problem?

Since the Housing White Paper 'Fixing our broken housing market' was published last year much of the English planning system is being transformed before our eyes.

Central government is now not just setting the numbers of units that local planning authorities are to deliver but intend to monitor and enforce these numbers through a Delivery Test. Planning in Principle aims to speed up and partially de-risk the process of achieving planning permission while changes to viability rules should ensure that higher proportions of affordable housing are provided.

The lecture looked at how these new approaches aim to change the speed and nature of development but also how they will interact with the political and practical incentives that local authorities face in determining what types and tenure of homes that should be provided in the face of market pressures.  


Wednesday 8 November 2017

Professor Peter Head CBE FREng FRSA - Founder and Chief Executive, The Ecological Sequestration Trust

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and objectives are transformational with respect to inclusive growth-leaving no-one behind in having access to basic services, education and healthcare plus transforming energy systems to avert climate change, adapting to climate change risks like intense rainfall and the critical management of resources to allow ecological systems to recover. A target is set to achieve the outcomes by 2030.

To view the lecture slides, please click here.


Tuesday 8 November 2016

Michael Batty, Bartlett Professor of Planning,University College London

The Planning Balance Sheet 60 Years On: Evaluating Plans in the Digital Age

Read more about the lecture here


Thursday 26 November 2015

Lord Kerslake, former Head of the Civil Service and current chair of Peabody and London's King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Call for more not less planning in delivering new housing supply.

Listen to a podcast of Lord Kerslake's speech. 


Tuesday 18 November 2014

Professor Tony Travers

How citizens may be affected by future trends in city and county governance.

To see photos from the lecture please click here. A podcast of the lecture is available here.


Tuesday 12 November 2013

Rt Hon The Lord Heseltine CH

Growth agenda with respect to cities, and how pioneering city leaders can develop visions for growth.


20 November 2012

Mitchell Silver (President of the American Planning Association and Chief Planning and Economic Development Officer for Raleigh, North Carolina)

The need for good planning - good strategic planning can add significant value to investment, communities need planners to "fall in love with planning again".


6 October 2011

Professor Patsy Healey (Professor Emeritus, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University)

Looked at the wider context for more progressive approaches to making places.

The full text of the lecture and slides are available to download.


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