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2014 Wales Planning Conference

Wales Planning Conference 2014

The 2014 Wales Planning Conference, the Wales' Centenary Conference, was held on 4th June in City Hall, Cardiff and welcomed 270 delegates from across Wales and beyond.

WPC14 ChairThe Conference was opened by RTPI Cymru Chair, Emma Langmaid, whose message My message to the audience was "to be brave; collectively we can make a difference and remember "planning is bringing the future into the present so that you do something about it now"(Alan Lakein quote)". Emma then introduced Professor John Punter to Chair the Conference.

The morning session heard from speakers who considered issues arising out of the Welsh Government Positive Planning consultation from earlier in the year. Chris Potts, Savills, raised the issues from the study into Planning Committees in Wales; Waheed Nazir, Birimgham City Council, provided an excellent case study for delivering a planning system at a time of limited resources; and Carole-Anne Davies raised questions for the Conference to consider in a positive legacy for a good local planning authority.

WPC14 MinisterThe Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Carl Sargeant AM, gave the Conference keynote speech and drew out issues from the Positive Planning consultation and the move to a Planning (Wales) Bill to be introduced later in 2014.

The morning session continued with a series of breakout seminars, the links below provide short reports of each seminar by students from Cardiff University:

Following lunch the first of the RTPI's Planning Horizons Centenary Papers was launched. The paper Thinking Spatially was launched by Dr Mike Harris, Deputy Head of Policy and Research at the RTPI with a panel: Dr Mark Baker, Manchester University, Dyan Currie, President, Planning Institute of Australia, Professor John Punter, Cardiff University and Trudi Elliott, RTPI Chief Executive and facilitated by Cath Ranson, RTPI President.

WPC14 Panel

The penultimate session of the Conference was the popular 'speed briefing' presentations - just 7 minutes to tell the audience about your project - always a challenge for the presenters.

  • Maes yr Onn, Winner of the Wales Planning Award 2013 - Tim Stephens, Caerphilly County Borough Council
  • Plas Hydro - Commended in the Wales Planning Award 2013 - Aled Lloyd and Andrew Oughton, Snowdonia National Park Authority
  • Blaenau Ffestiniog Regeneration - Commended in the Wales Planning Award 2013 - Chris Jones and Howard Bowcott
  • Denbigh Townscape Initiative - Commended in the Wales Planning Award 2013 - Graham Boase and Phil Ebbrell, Denbighshire County Council
  • Green Infrastructure - James Byrne, Wildlife Trusts Wales

The Wales Planning Conference 2014 was sponsored by Savills, JBP Pr and Francis Taylor Building, with support from the Design Commission for Wales, Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) and Welsh Government.

Photos from the Conference are available to view on the RTPI Cymru Flickr pages.