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Previous events

Presentations from events

RTPI Cymru runs a number of events, some in partnership with other organisations. Where possible we will make presentations from these events here and also copies of good practice notes made at any of the events.

RTPI Cymru Spring Conference 2019: Engaging and Listening for Placemaking

Presentations available from the Conference held on 20 March 2019 in Deganwy, are available here.

RTPI Cymru Spring Conference 2018: Solving Wales's Housing Problems – Shaping and Delivering Planning Responses

Presentations available from the Conference held on 8 March 2018 in Llandudno, are available here.

Solving Wales's Housing Problems - From Plan to Action 2017

This RTPI Cymru event focused on the many issues and challenges surrounding housing in Wales.  Speakers reflected on the current policy situation in Wales, the evidence and possible solutions to the issues raised.  Power point presentations were given by: Stuart Ropke, Neil Hemington, Rebecca Phillips, Mark Hand, Alison Powell, Jon Fudge, Simon Coop, Jen Heal and Mark Roberts and Barry Williams.

Wales Enforcement Conference 2016

The 2016 Wales Enforcement Conference held in Llandrindod Wells and suppirted by POSW, was held on 3rd November 2016. The day's presentations can be downloaded here.

RTPI Cymru Spring Conference 2015 - Positive Planning to Deliver Regeneration

The 2015 annual Spring Conference discussed planning's role in delivering regeneration. The presentations can be viewed on the Conference page.

Wales Enforcement Conference 2014

The 2014 Wales Enforcement Conference, supported by POSW, was held on Thursday 20th November at the National Library, Aberystwyth. The presentations from the day can be found here.

Wales Enforcement Conference 2013

The Annual Wales Enforcement Conference joint with POSW and NAPE was held on 9 October in Llandrindod Wells. The presentations from the day can be found here.

Community involvement in planning: Developing good practice

This event, generously sponsored by JBP PR and Parliamentary Affairs, was held in conjunction with Planning Aid Wales to consider good practice in community involvement in planning and to celebrate 40 years of Planning Aid in the UK. The event was chaired by Sue Essex, one of the original Planning Aid volunteers in Wales. There were a number of presentations drawing from a range of perspectives, kicked off by Liam Herbert from JBP, followed by discussion groups.  PowerPoint presentations were given by: Helen Fry, Brecon Beacons NPA, Elwyn Thomas, Planning Aid Wales, Janet Jones, Federation of Small Business and Jennifer Pearson, RWE npower renewables Ltd.

Integrated Design Quality and Planning

A further event run as part of the West Wales training programme, funded by the Welsh Government's Planning Improvement Fund. In conjunction with the Design Commission for Wales, RTPI Cymru organised a seminar on Integrated Design Quality and Planning in Haverfordwest, on 20th March 2013.

Landscape impact of development

This North Wales Chapter event looked at the landscape impact of development and the techniques and principles of how to assess it. It included a focus on wind turbines and cumulative impacts of multiple small developments. It was held in Old Colwyn on 14th March 2013.

Planning for Water and Flooding

As part of the West Wales training programme, funded by the Welsh Government's Planning Improvement Fund, RTPI Cymru organised a Planning for Water Event on 20 November in Pembroke Dock.

Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan

The Regeneration Skills Collective Wales (RSCW) delivered a seminar to discuss the Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan in Cardiff Bay on 11 October 2012. The presentations are available to download.

Wales Planning Enforcement Conference

The 2012 Wales Enforcement Conference was held in Llandrindod Wells on 26 September. The presentations are available to download.

RTPI Cymru Spring Conference 2012 - Planning for Historic Renewal

This year's Spring Conference, supported by Cadw and the IHBC, held in Llandudno, discussed the role of heritage in regeneration and economic renewal. The presentations are available to download.

Water and Planning: Crossing Boundaries and Bridging Gaps

The cross-disciplinary event for professionals in Wales and England was held in UWE on 24 February 2012. The presentations from the day are available to download.

RTPI Cymru Spring Conference: Planning for Economic Renewal

The presentations from the 2011 RTPI Cymru Spring Conference are available to download.

Manual for Streets 2 Briefings

Manual for Streets 2 Briefings were held in Cardiff and Llanduno Junction with the support of the Assembly Government. Peter Evans presentation is available to download in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2.

Appearing at LDP Hearings

In the autumn two sessions were held in Snowdonia and Haverfordwest to discuss appearing at LDP Hearings. The PINS and the Local Planning Authority presentations can be downloaded.

Adfywio ar Waith - Regeneration in Action

This year's RTPI Cymru Seminar on 6 August 2010 to celebrate the Eisteddfod Genedlaethol, held at Ebbw Vale, was themed around regeneration. The theme reflected the site of this year's Eisteddfod, at the major regeneration project on the former steelworks site at Ebbw Vale. The presentations are available todownload.

Planning Enforcement in Wales

Continuing the joint events with POSW, RTPI Cymru, along with NAPE and the Planning Inspectorate, held a seminar in Llandrindod Wells on 7 July to discuss Planning Enforcement in Wales. The presentations and key references are available to download.

RTPI Cymru Spring Conference: Planning for Flooding

The RTPI Cymru Spring Conference was held on 28 April in Llandudno, with almost 80 delegates attending from across Wales and beyond. Details of the Conference proceedings are available here

Planning for Sport

To discuss planning for sport in Wales, RTPI Cymru organised a seminar in December 2009 with a range of speakers from both within planning and from outside the profession. The presentations are available to viewhere.

Sustainable Historic Buildings: Balancing Protection with the Future

This event was jointly organised by RTPI Cymru and the National Trust. We are grateful to the National trust for their support for the event. held at Craflwyn, near Beddgelert on 3 November 2009. To see the presentations click here.

Delivering Sustainable Buildings

In April and May 2009, RTPI Cymru organised four intensive training sessions for local planning authority officers, with grant funding from the Welsh Assembly Government. Over 100 officers attended the training delivered by AECOM and Barton Willmore.

The training provided information on the new Assembly Government planning policy for delivering sustainable policies and new legislative requirements for Design and Access Statements from 1 June 2009 in Wales.

For further information, please click here.

How is Planning Able to Aid Economic Recovery? Cardiff 30th March 2009

RTPI Cymru and the Planning Officer's Society for Wales (POSW) facilitated a round table discussion with a range of stakeholders to discuss how planning is able to aid economic recovery in Wales. A report of the discussion can be found here.

Planning for Climate Change: Achieving Sustainable Buildings, Llandudno, 5th March 2009

Planning%20for%20Climate%20Change%20Panel%20ImageRTPI Cymru's Spring Conference focused on planning for climate change, in anticipation of new policy and guidance from the Welsh Assembly Government. The presentations from the Conference are below:

Cindy Harris, who Chaired the Conference, kicked the day off with a context setting presentation. Click here to view the presentation.

Rosemary Thomas, Head of Planning at the Welsh Assembly Government then gave an update of policy for climate change from the Assembly Government. Click here to view the presentation.

The Assembly Government has commissioned Faber Maunsell to undertake research into the barriers to zero carbon. Simon Hartley's presentation on the emerging findings can be found here.

Huw Evans of Capita Symonds provided a thorough examination of the role of the Local Development Plan,click here to view the presentation.

This theme was continued by Ashley Lynch of EDAW, who demonstrated the benefits of using planning briefs to achieve zero carbon. Ashley's presentation can be found here.

Will Rivers from the Energy Saving Trust provided a valuable insight into the various types of renewable energy available and discussed the merits and drawbacks of various technologies. Click here to view the presentation.

Steve Webster, Chair of Fforwm BREEAM outlined various construction materials and how they meet the sustainable building standards. The presentation can be found here.

Andy Sutton of Gaunt Francis Architects provided an excellent presentation on the Green House project.Click here to view the presentation.

Effective Appeals, Rhayader, 2nd March 2009

This event considered the preparation of information for Appeals within the Welsh planning system. Morag Ellis QC provided the Advocates viewpoint and John Davies, Director of the Planning Inspectorate in Wales, discussed the importance of preparation and written evidence in the appeal process. John's presentation can be found here. Steve Ball & Justina Walsh from the Vale of Glamorgan Council provided the local government perspective and shared their experiences of preparing for appeals. Their presentations can be found here.

From Farm to Fork: The Role of Planning in Regeneration, Newport, 5th December 2008

This event discussed the role that food can play in regeneration and included a case study on Newport which is developing a strategy on food to enhance its regeneration activity.

Europe and the world 'beyond the farm gate' - sustaining resources, partnerships, security and survival -  Phil Turner, Vice President of ECOVAST and member of the RTPI Rural Planning Network

Planning, Regeneration and the Public Plate - Professor Kevin Morgan, Cardiff University.

The RTPI's Rural Planning Network has also produced a think piece on the role of food, which can be foundhere.

SuDS for Planners - St Asaph 21st November 2008

This event provided information about SuDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems) for planners.

Introduction to SuDS and the Assembly Governments Position - Clwyd Roberts, Welsh Assembly Government

Surface Water Reduction Strategy - David Bayliss, Dwr Cymru

Experiences of Ynys Mon - Martin Eaglestone, Cyngor Ynys Mon

Tools for Planners - Zorica Todorovic, Atkins Limited

An information note from a SuDS for Planners event held in Newport in September with further links is available here.

Development Control to Development Management - Llandrindod Wells 14th November 2008

This was the first jointly organised by RTPI Cymru, RTPI Development Management Network and POSW. The aim of the day was to discuss the shift from development control to development management.

Development management is not about re-naming the development control function - it is a more integrated approach which applies to the whole process and delivers positive spatial planning outcomes.

Copies of the presentations and an information note form the day can be found below:

What is Development Management?  Rynd Smith, RTPI

Delivering Spatial Planning  Mark Newey, Welsh Assembly Government

The Practical Application of DM in Wales  Jeff Spear, Welsh Assembly Government

Making Decisions Using LDPs: The Inspectors View  John Davies, PINS 

The Local Perspective, Marcus Goldsworthy, the Vale of Glamorgan Council

An information note from the event is available here.

SuDS for Planners - Newport 16th September 2008

This event introduced SuDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems) and included a case study. The presentations from the events are available from here:

Bob Vaughan, Environment Agency, SuDS Working Party,  Introduction to SuDS

Jeremy Jones, Dwr Cymru, SuDS Working Party, Surface Water Reduction Strategy & the 2nd part (Jeremy's presentation was so large, we have split it into two)

Anthony Kirby, Arup, Case Study

Please note that the photographs and contents of these presentations should only be used with permission from the authors.