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RTPI SW Previous Event Details

Please see listed below presentations from the last years RTPI SW events, click the speaker name to download presentations.

Planning for Future Prosperity

3 December, Bath Guildhall

Factors driving competitive local economies
Anthony Breach, Analyst, Centre for Cities

Exeter Growth Area
Andy Wood, Project Director, Exeter and East Devon Growth Point

National and Major Infrastructure Projects  – capturing the benefits through planning
Claire Pearce, Director of planning and Economic Development for Gravity

Planning and employment land – allocate or protect?
Simon Prescott, Partner, Barton Willmore

Local industrial strategies – addressing the spatial planning dimension.
John Baker, Principal, Point Consultancy

Understanding the opportunities and limitations of the planning system in creating prosperity and employment
Chris Cobbold, Wessex Economics

Event Report - a summary of the key discussions


ROOM@RTPI: "Living By Numbers":
The Unintended Consequences of Housing Delivery

14 November 2019, Somerset County Cricket Ground, Taunton

Older Persons Housing - How Local Planning Authorities can help delivery
Lex Cumber, Business Development Director at Castleoak

Custom and Self Build Local Plan Policies – the good the bad and the ugly
Mario Wolf, NaCABA Task Force Director

The Geography and Governance of Green Belt: Conceptualising Alternative Governance Arrangements
Charles Goode, ESRC Doctoral Researcher in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Birmingham
Article on Local Communities and the Green Belt 

RIBA Quality in the Built Environment Research Programme
Dan Stern, RIBA Senior Policy Advisor

Securing Quality Design and Standards in New Housing Developments
Julie Tanner, Creating Excellence

Seminar Report - a summary of the key messages and discussions


South West International Group event

30 October, Bristol
Janet Askew, Chair of RTPI International Committee outlined the RTPI International work
Mike Fox, Director of Nash Partnership shared his personal experience of working internationally
Dominik Byrne, Policy Lead at Bristol - Beira Link talked about how they are helping to build a sustainable future through community based projects in Mozambique.

Planning for Healthy Lifestyles

16 October, The Eden Project

How to enable Healthy Placemaking? Overcoming barriers and learning from best practices.
Aude Bicquelet, RTPI Deputy Head of Policy & Research, Research      
Managing Public Health – prioritising prevention through changing lifestyles
Kirsty Hill, Public Health Specialist at Devon County Council
Wellbeing – a useful concept for planners?
Roger Higman, Director, Network of Wellbeing
The role of green infrastructure in promoting active lifestyles: learning from Plymouth
Kat Deeney, Plymouth City Council 
Promoting active lifestyles across the diverse communities of Birmingham
Karen Creavin, Chief Executive of The Active Wellbeing Society
Sport England – Role of planning for sport and activity through Active Environments & Active Design
Gary Parsons, Planning Manager at Sport England
A sporting chance for health?
Jacqueline Bennett MRTPI, Director, belap – Bennett Leisure and Planning Ltd
South West Coast path –a regional resource for wealth and health
Julian Gray, Director, South West Coast Path Association  


Planning Law and DM Update

1 October, Marriott Royal, Bristol

Case Law Update  
Stephen Humphreys, Senior Associate, Burges Salmon
Material Considerations
Hashi Mohamed, No 5 Chambers
EIA, SEA and Habitats Reg Update
Laura Fuller, Senior Associate,Burges Salmon
Amending Planning Permission
Sarah Sutherland, Senior Associate, Burges Salmon
Lifting the lid on PINS – an update on current changes
Sarah Richards, CEO of PINS 
Workshop 1: EIA and Habitats in the application process – when to screen?
Laura Fuller and Lucy Metcalfe at Burges Salmon
Workshop 2: Preparing for Inquiries
Scott Stemp, No 5 Chambers
Workshop 3: Writing Appeal Statements
Jeremy Sargent, Planning Inspector at PINS
Report to go with Jeremys session


Putting the country back into planning: planning for change in rural area

18 September, Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester

National Parks – looking forward to the next 70 years
Steve Avery, Executive Director for Strategy and Planning at the New Forest National Park Authority

Planning in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) – putting the purpose of AONB designation at the heart of the planning system 
John Mills MRTPI, Planning and Landscape Officer at Cotswolds Conservation Board

Is the planning system protecting Rural England? The view from CPRE
Matt Thomson, Head of Land Use & Planning at CPRE

Agriculture under pressure  – implications for future land use and planning
Paul Cottington, Environment Adviser at SW National Farmers Union

Delivering a productive rural economy – a challenge for the South West
David Fursdon, Chairman of Beeswax Dyson Farming and Chair of the South West Rural Productivity Commission 

Hearing the 'rural voice' -  governance and decision making in a rural planning authority
Flo Churchill, Director for Economic Development & Planning at Wiltshire Council

Delivering Low Impact Living in Rural Areas
Ruth Munns, Planning Manager at ELC and Oliver Bettany, Membership & Engagement Manager at ELC

Planning responses to innovative land-based enterprises: issues with farming and woodland management 
Mark Walton, Director of Shared Assets

Meeting Rural Housing Needs: The contribution of Rural Exception Sites
Martin Hutchings, Rural Housing Enabler at Gloucestershire Rural Community Council

Planning for the revolution: infrastructure, energy and waste in a low carbon world

18 July 2019, Uni of Plymouth

Net zero emissions in the UK by 2050 – how can it be done?
Tony Norton, Head of the Centre for Energy and the Environment at the University of Exeter
Find out more

Consenting processes for large and small scale infrastructure – a legal perspective
Sarah Holmes, Legal Director at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Broadband and Telecoms - the role of digital infrastructure in helping deliver a sustainable, low carbon world
Ollie Johnson, Point Topic

How is the water supply and wastewater treatment responding to Low Carbon pressures vs. growth in demand?
Rob Scarrott Head of Water Resources and Water Efficiency, South West Water

How waste management is responding to the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimise the use of raw materials
Marcus Du Pree Thomas Technology & Innovation Lead at Viridor

Launch of RTPI South West Research - Planning for a Smart Energy Future
Hazel Williams, Regen. 
Cheryl Hiles, Pell Frischmann.
Nick Smith, UWE
Bernice Roberts, The Landmark Practice
Read more about the Research

Working with DNO on planning for energy
Paul Jewell, DSO Development Manager, Western Power Distribution

Smart energy systems – new challenges, new opportunities?
Dan Nicholls, Programme Manager - Cornwall Local Energy Market, Centrica Distributed Energy and Power

Marine and Coastal Planning

12 June, The Lifeboat College, Poole
Poole Harbour Commissioners – Implementing the Master Plan for Poole Harbour

Phil Armstrong, Harbour Engineer, PHC

Delivering change across coastal and marine interface
Peter Barham, Peter Barham Environmental

Anticipated changes on the coast (sea level rise) and the need for a response
Marcus Salmon, Sustainable Places Planning Specialist at the Environment Agency
Justin Ridgewell, Flood and Coastal Risk Management Advisor at the Environment Agency

A proposed National Marine Park for Plymouth? – a new way to protect the marine environment.
Kaja Curry, Natural Infrastructure Officer at Plymouth City Council

Planning for economic activities offshore
Clare Kavanagh | Senior Marine Planner at Marine Management Organisation

The social issues facing coastal communities and planning responses
Dr Stephen Essex, Plymouth University

How coastal LPAs are addressing climate change in their planning policies
Dan Young, Portsmouth CC



21 May, Exeter
1A - 'Planning Enforcement – what tools to use and getting the best outcome?'
1B - Creating places where people belong
1C - Health Impact Assessments  - Learning from real life project examples
1D - Avoiding the fudge: taking a consistent approach to applying the flood risk sequential and exception test
1E - CIL - a practitioner's view
1F - Professional Ethics in Planning

2A - Writing efficient, effective and focussed Appeal Statements
2B - Grappling a viability negotiation
2C - Getting it right from the start: (pre-consultation engagement and survey design for analysis)
2D - Basics of Habitats Regulations Assessment for Plans
2E - Waste facilities: How to plan for essential infrastructure nobody wants.
2F - L-APC Workshop
2G - Mediation skills- essential tools for every planner

3A - Heritage - assessing the level of harm
3B - Proportionate EIA: An introduction to applying pragmatism to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Screening and Scoping Process
3C - Housing need and delivery
3D - When to ask for a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment and how to identify the Pitfalls
3E - Transport and Urban Design: Making the connections.
3F -  Mediation skills- essential tools for every planner

4A - The Challenges of Curtilage Listing – the 'definitive answer'
4B - Changing a planning permission after it has been granted
4C - Using BfL12 to make better places
4D - Giving Evidence at Public Inquiries
4E - How are Major Infrastructure Projects consented?
4F - Local Energy Planning

Planning Law and DM Update with Ashfords

25 April, Plymouth

Legal Update and Case Law Reports

James Neill, Landmark Chambers

Permitted Development Rights - Approach in recent cases

Elisabeth Osbourne and and Simon Curran, Ashfords

Landscape and Heritage, Protecting the Environment

Gareth Pinwell, Ashfords

Effective and Robust Decision Making

Michelle Perring and Duncan Moors, Ashfords


1.  Effective Report Writing/Decision Making in Planning
Michelle Perring and Stephen Jefferson, Ashfords

2:  Effective Use of 106/CIL/Conditions
David Richardson, Ashfords and Darren Summerfield, LRM Planning

3.  PD Rights/Prior Approval - Issues and Decisions
Elisabeth Osbourne and Simon Curran, Ashfords

ROOM@RTPI: "Living By Numbers":  The Unintended Consequences of Housing Delivery

20 March, Swindon

Discussion Session 1: "Why can't builders deliver more homes? – the myths and realities of market housing delivery
Presentation: Andrew Whitaker, Planning Director. MA MRTPI FRSA, Planning Director, Home Builders Federation (HBF)

Discussion Session 2: "Housing Delivery Test and the 5 Year Land Review – The Benefits and Unintended Consequences
Presentation: Jeff Richards, Director, Head of Planning South West, Turley and Peter Roberts, Planning Director, Barton Willmore
Presentation: Richard Grant, Strategic Planning Manager (Joint Local Plan), Plymouth City Council and Grant Jackson

RTPI Practice Advice Note on Delivering Large Scale Housing
Presentation: Tom Kenny, Policy Officer at Royal Town Planning Institute

Discussion Session 3: "The Unintended Consequences for Place-Making and Housing     Design and why the 2018 NPPF could create the slums of the future"
Presentation: Garry Hall, Director, Urban Forward Limited

Seminar Report

Design Seminar

5 March 2019, Taunton

Introduction to the Seminar and feedback from The Design Companion Training Programme
Julie Tanner, Director at Creating Excellence Ltd & member of the RTPI SW Regional Activities Committee

A New Emphasis on Design in Government Policy and Programmes
Jennifer Thomas, MCHLG
Ian Collinson, Homes England
What's next following the Raynsford Review and inspirational place making
David Dewart, Swindon Borough Council
Housing delivery – best practice and pitfalls: from development brief to delivery
Geraint Hughes, NEW Masterplanning Ltd
Community engagement –– how to involve people in place-making and design discussions
Richard Eastham, Director at Feria Urbanism
Workshop 1:   Allocating sites to support place making
Geraint Hughes, NEW Masterplanning Ltd
Richard Eastham, Director at Feria Urbanism
Workshop 2:   How to embed design into policy requirements, design tools and techniques
Amy Burbidge, Design Action Manager at North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit

Joint Local Plans

14 February 2019, Bristol

Planning to Plan Together
John Baker, Director Point Consultancy Ltd
Government policy on joint plans
Simon Gallagher, Director of Planning at MHCLG
Examining Joint Local Plan
Jerry Youle, Group Manager Local Plans at the Planning Inspectorate
Understanding and handling housing provision across boundaries and functional areas
Jo Lee. Associate of Peter Brett Associates
Attracting investment using a joint plan for a functional area and the implications of a combined authority
Laura Ambler, Head of Housing and Planning at West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership
Developing the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan
Simon Thornley Business Manager Strategic Place at Teignbridge District Council
The story of the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan.
Richard Grant, Strategic Planning Manager (Joint Local Plan) at Plymouth City Council

Seminar Report

Sustainable Communities and Social Inclusion Seminar

5 December 2018, Cheltenham
Urban extensions and community integration

Nicola Smith, Senior Planner at, Swindon Borough Council
Masterplanning a new village for all (Case Study)
Amy Burbidge, Design Action Manager at North Northamptonshire
Joint Planning & Delivery Unit
Gypsies and Travellers – an insight into our history and culture
Lizzie Isaacs
Negotiating solutions – An alternative to enforcement for Traveller sites
Helen Jones,  Chief Executive Officer of Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange
Planning with the Travelling Community – A case for engagement
Tristan Peat/Hannah Cameron – Mid Devon DC
Celia Hadow at Teignbridge DC
The Revised NPPF and equality in the planning process
Hugh Ellis, Head of Policy at TCPA
Social sustainability: the value of communities in planning
Dr. Laura B. Alvarez , Urban Design Group East Midlands Convenor

Seminar Report

Planning for Higher Density

21 November 2018, Bristol
Jonathan Severs, South Gloucestershire Council
Niamh Hession, Turley

Planning & Health - Reshaping our environment

8 November 2018, Taunton
The Public Health Challenge
Kevin Elliston, Deputy Director, South West PHE
Is spatial planning bad for our health?     
Hugh Barton, Emeritus Professor of planning, health and sustainability in the WHO Collaborating Centre for healthy urban environments at the University of the West of England, Bristol.
Case Study – Public Health and the West of England Spatial Plan
Fionna Vosper, Public Health Principal - Built Environment at South Gloucestershire Council
Experiences from Torbay – public health and planning collaboration
Andy Gunther, Senior Planning and Public Health Officer at Torbay County Council
Public open space and planning
Andy Netherton, PHE SW Centre, Healthy Places Lead
Planning from another perspective – planning for those with disabilities
John Gillett, Wheely Independent
How design has an impact on various disabilities and give a current perspective on a DM case.
Angharad Williams, Senior Planning Officer at Teignbridge District Council
Ian Perry, Principle Planning Officer at Teignbridge District Council
Dementia friendly planning
Claire Puckey, Dementia Friendly City Coordinator, Plymouth City Council

Seminar Report

Planning Law Update with Burges Salmon

17 October 2018, Bath
Revised NPPF Update
Cathryn Tracey, Senior Associate at Burges Salmon
Housing Delivery
Simon Coop, Planning Director at Lichfields
Local Plan Making
Stephen Humphreys, Associate at Burges Salmon
Case Law Update
Scott Stemp, Barrister at No. 5 Chambers
Conditions and S106 Obligations
Stephen Humphreys, Associate at Burges Salmon
What's new for Class Q?
Cathryn Tracey, Senior Associate at Burges Salmon


ROOM@RTPI Delivering More Homes with Small Builders

4 October 2018, Plymouth
How Government Policy is supporting a greater role for Small Builders
Lisa Sandercock, Policy Adviser, Planning Policy and Reform, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
The Challenges and Opportunities from "Small is Beautiful"
Phil Hodge, Director of FMB South at the Federation of Master Builders
How Planners can help Small Builders Deliver More Homes
Steve Smith, Elliot Design and Build

Case Studies from across the South West on Working with Small Builders
Paul Barnard, South West ROOM@RTPI Chair

Seminar report