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NI Annual Conference 2018

Over 100 delegates attended our Annual Conference at Europa Hotel, Belfast on 11th September 2018.

Delivering quality places for communities is not always about creating world class statement buildings and spaces.  Everyday places are important in our communities and businesses.  Creating excellence in the ordinary is what planners and the planning system must deliver.

Our "Excellent in the Everyday" conference explored the creation of strong quality communities. 

Our morning plenary was chaired by Judith Winters, RTPI NI Chair and featured a keynote speech from Katrina Godfrey, Permanent Secretary, Department for Infrastructure.  Victoria Hills, RTPI Chief Executive informed delegates on the RTPI's perspective on the Value of a strong and resourced planning system.

Speakers presentation available here:

 Breakout seminars covered topics:

  • Seminar 1 - A Cross Examination Survival Pack. Francis Taylor Building explored the do's and don't for giving evidence at inquiries.

  • Seminar 2 - Lobbying - Recognising, Responding, Results. NILGA with Strategem held this seminar for Councillors and Local Government representatives to enhance elected member understanding of lobbying activity, to better equip them to respond appropriately.
  • Seminar 3 - Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS). This seminar provided summary details of NI's introduction of legislation and SuDS provisions following the 2010 Floor and Water Management Act.
  • Seminar 4 - The Local Plan journey, our practical experience and learning in 3 simple steps. Capita ran this seminar to explore 3 steps in the local plan journey.


Thank you to our sponsors, speakers and breakout seminar facilitators.