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With thanks to all this year's sponsors for their generous support of the event. 


Headline sponsor


Allies And Morrison


Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners is an integrated urbanism practice specialising in planning, masterplanning, architecture, conservation, consultation and urban design. We work on a wide variety of multi-disciplinary projects at a range of urban scales, including town centre masterplans, area action plans and neighbourhood plans.

Our offices in London, Liverpool, Manchester, Cambridge and Dublin are supported by a graphics team and model shop, enabling us to present our work in a range of visually engaging and accessible formats.

We work in close collaboration with our clients and have developed a range of innovative techniques for engaging and involving key stakeholders in masterplanning and urban design. We specialise in the provision of strategic planning, urban design and development advice to both public and private sector clients. Projects undertaken include masterplans for Guildford Town Centre, Lincolnshire Lakes, Croydon Old Town and Old Kent Road. 


Networking Drinks Reception sponsors

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Since 2002, the Planning Portal has helped to transform the planning process across England and Wales, making information and services simpler and more accessible for those involved in the process, be that applicants, agents or local authorities. The Planning Portal is a joint venture between TerraQuest and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.  


By working in partnership with every local authority across England and Wales and focusing on delivering a quality service to our customers we will continue to be the national home of planning and building regulations information and the national planning and building control application service.

TerraquestTerraQuest is an established provider of Land Referencing, Development Planning, Geographic Information Systems, Data Management and fully outsourced Business Process solutions to both the public and private sector, spanning over 40 years. 


Coffee and Networking sponsor

Hays 2019 logoAs expert recruiters in town planning, architecture, surveying and project management, we help the careers of the UK's best planning, property and surveying professionals to flourish. With teams based in London and across the South, we have in-depth sector knowledge of your local area. Whether you are looking for a permanent or contract solution, we have a number of roles to be filled, and represent talented candidates across the region if you are planning to develop your team.


Workshop sponsors


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The Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO) is the main body representing the Retirement Community sector in the UK.

Our members include both private and not-for-profit members, comprising about half of the Retirement Community sector.  

ARCO continually strives to:

  • Promote confidence in the sector, ensuring that all members are providing a high-quality service to their residents.
  • Raise awareness of the Retirement Community model 
  • Increase the volume and quality of expertise within the sector


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We are a global network of experts working with clients, communities and colleagues to develop and implement innovative solutions to the world's most complex challenges.

Building iconic skyscrapers. Planning new cities. Connecting people and economies with roads, bridges, tunnels and transit systems. Helping governments maintain stability and security. Restoring damaged environments. Delivering clean water and energy.

We connect expertise across services, markets, and geographies to deliver transformative outcomes. Worldwide, we design, build, finance, operate and manage projects and programmes that unlock opportunities, protect our environment and improve people's lives.

We are AECOM.

Merchandise sponsors


Francis Taylor Building is a barristers Chambers with a leading reputation for planning and related areas including environmental law and compulsory purchase and land valuation.

Members are regularly instructed in relation to a broad spectrum of schemes including residential, retail, leisure and sport, commercial, major infrastructure, listed buildings, advertisements, trees, minerals, development plans, S. 106 and CIL agreements and restrictive covenants.

Members appear at planning and enforcement appeal inquiries, development plan inquiries and examinations in public and in the law courts when challenges are made to administrative decisions.

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Space Syntax provides creative expertise in architecture and urban planning, combining global experience with advanced digital technology. Our science-based, human-focused approach forecasts the social, economic and environmental impacts of development on the lives of people. We work with public, private and community organisations to create thriving life in streets and public spaces. Our digital modelling tools help people see, in clear and straightforward terms, how places can be designed to optimise their human performance.




Carrington West

Carrington West is a market leading technical recruitment consultancy specialising in the placement of exceptional staff into the Town Planning sector. Our dedicated planning recruitment team service cross sector clients including local authorities, private sector SME's, multi-disciplinary consultancies and developers. We supply professional town planning experts of all levels on a permanent and contract basis. Our geographical reach is UK wide and we currently service clients from Scotland to London and the South Coast. We pride ourselves on our personal touch and ethical approach and will tailor our service to your personal needs. For more information on how we can assist in the search for your next role or the staff members you require, please contact our dedicated Town Planning market specialists on 02393876096.



Greater Cam Shared Planning Service


Do you want to take your career to the next level?  Come and see us to discuss the many opportunities the Greater Cambridge Planning Service can offer you.  We are one of the largest planning services in the East of England operating in one of the fastest growing economies in the UK. The services together currently determine around 7000 planning and related applications per year. The strategic and local planning framework is complex, with a wide range of stakeholders and a highly engaged community. Greater Cambridge is a place where things happen and by working for us you can help make sure they continue to do so!

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National Grid are at the heart of Great Britain's energy system, connecting people to the energy the use, safely. We keep the lights on and the gas flowing, so people can go about their daily lives – in their homes, communities and workplaces, right across the nation. We own the high-voltage electricity transmission network in England and Wales and operate the system across Great Britain. We also own and operate the high-pressure gas transmission system in Great Britain.


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With over 25 years' experience, Capita are the leading provider of services to the local public sector. We form trusted partnerships with local authorities to help improve efficiency, raise service quality, reduce costs and deliver benefits to the local community. Our services cover everything from back office processing, administration and finance to customer management, channel shift and tackling fraud – all with a flexible approach to meet the individual needs of local authorities.

 Urban Intelligance

Our multidisciplinary team combines expertise in property, computer and data science. We use our proprietary SiteScore® software and advanced geospatial analysis to identify and appraise the development potential of land at an unprecedented scale. We work with public and private sector organisations to analyse the sustainability and viability of delivering sites; ranging from individual plots to entire portfolios. Our automated approach reduces the time and cost of identifying and unlocking real estate value.




Ecological Planning & Research Ltd offers more than 25 years of experience tackling the complex interface between biodiversity and land-use planning. We pride ourselves on providing sound ecological advice of the highest quality, which, if necessary, we are able to defend robustly at Public Inquiry, and which we believe pays dividends to our clients in ensuring the best possible chance of a positive outcome.
We understand the commercial pressures that our clients face, and we apply our ecological expertise to develop pragmatic solutions; bringing benefits to the wider project whilst withstanding scrutiny within the context of UK planning policy and legislation.


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The Partnership for Biodiversity in Planning involves 19 organisations, funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. They have developed various resources, including the Wildlife Assessment Check a free online tool for householders and small developers. The tool encourages applicants to consider potential project impacts to 'protected' and 'priority' species and designated 'protected' sites and indicates whether expert ecological advice is required before making a planning application, helping to smooth out the application process.


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Lund Humphries is an independent publisher of illustrated books on art, architecture, urban design and planning. Our new Concise Guides to Planning cover key issues for professionals - sustainability and green infrastructure, conserving the historic environment, transport and accessibility, community engagement, real estate and more. The guides include up-to-date information on current practice and legislation, with useful case studies from around the world. Visit to see the full range of books in this series.

Greater London Authority LogoThe Greater London Authority (GLA) has been working alongside Connected Cities Catapult exploring how digital innovation, urban data and user-centred design can improve the planning system.  The GLA will shortly be launching key digital advances for London including a live hub of planning and development data accessible to all, together with a single constraints map.   We are also working on delivering an open source 3D model of London to transform how residents interact with development proposals.  Come and talk to us on our stand to discuss how digital will be part of the future of planning.

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