The 2013 Wales Planning Conference programme was launched by Alison Thomas, Chair of RTPI Cymru, who welcomed delegates to the Conference and introudced the Conference chair, Professor Greg Lloyd, of the University of Ulster.
Dr Emyr Roberts, Chief Executive, Natural Resources Wales, set out to delegates the details of the new organisation and focused on how NRW would interact with the planning system through a seamless process, including pre-application discussions, to support decision makers.
This was followed by a panel discussion on whether sustainable communities can be delivered by commercial development. Facilitated by Kevin Murray, the panel included Yolande Barnes - Savills, Peter Geraghty - RTPI President, David Fitzpatrick - Cynnal Cymru - Sustain Wales, and Mark Hallett - igloo regeneration and Commissioner with the Design Commision for Wales.
The then new Minister with responsibility for planning, Carl Sargeant AM Welsh Government Minister for Housing and Regeneration, gave the key note speech to the Conference, setting out his plans.
Delegates had a choice of breakout seminars - which provided an oportunity for a range of topics to be covered, delving into more detail:
Effective Community Engagement - understanding your comunity - PPS
Planning for Resilience - Cardiff University
Flood Risk Management - University of Liverpool and Wrexham County Borough Council
Planning for Active Travel - Cardiff Council
Review of National Planning Policy on Waste - Welsh Government
Your Community or Mine? - Civitas Law
Water Sensitive Urban Design - MWH
Yolande Barnes, Savills Head of Global Research, discussed research undertaken by Savills on what Sustainable Communities are.
The Conference then picked up the pace with a series of 'speed briefings' - presenters were challenged with 7 minutes on their 'chosen' subject and included:
The Wales Planning Conference 2013 is sponsored by Savills, PPS and Civitas Law, with support from the Design Commission for Wales, Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) and Welsh Government.
Photos from the day are available to view on the RTPI Cymru Flickr pages.