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ROOM@RTPI South West


In 1999 the National Housing and Town Planning Council (NHTPC) merged with the Housing Centre Trust and became "ROOM".  On 28 August 2002 it merged with the RTPI. 

One of the purposes of ROOM, is to bring different professionals, both public and the private, together with politicians, developers and service providers to have an open dialogue about housing issues and challenges.

ROOM seeks to encourage debate and dialogue through appropriate forums where experiences can be shared, practice improved, and policy developed – recognising the inter-relationship housing and regeneration initiatives have with the spatial planning system.

In 2015, The SWRTPI Regional Management Board wanted to re-invigorate "ROOM@RTPI" events in the South West given the seismic changes happening across planning and housing at a national level.

We didn't just want another conference focussed on housing but a series of master classes focussing on topical housing issues. We wanted the master classes to explore in more detail specific housing issues and be inter-active.

Over time we want to re-engage with Registered Providers, developers, politicians and planning, housing and regeneration professionals operating across the whole South West region.

South West "ROOM@RTPI" Events

In 2016 the region held 4 events and discussed topics on"Innovations in Housing Delivery", "Practical Solutions to Overcoming Barriers to Housing", "Housing and Infrastructure" and "The Role of Local Enterprise Partnerships in Housing Delivery".

In 2017 2 full day seminars focused on the key housing issues arising from the Housing and Planning Act  2016.

In 2018 two full day seminars discussed "The Housing White Paper – 3 Perspectives On What Next?" and "Delivering More Homes with Small Builders"

ROOM@RTPI 2019 Events


ROOM@RTPI Interactive Workshop 1: Living By Numbers – The Unintended Consequences of Housing Delivery
20 March 2019 at STEAM, Swindon
This event will explore the obstacles to delivering housing and some of the unintended consequences of recent policy approaches including the housing delivery test. Using the findings of the Letwin Review and the new SWRTPI research into delivery on large scale housing sites as a framework for discussion, the event will showcase good practice examples from across the country and examine how more diversity of provision can be achieved.

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ROOM@RTPI Interactive Workshop 2: "Living By Numbers – The Unintended Consequences of Housing Policy"
14 November 2019 at Somerset County Cricket Ground, Taunton
Do we really understand what the long-term consequences of recent housing policy changes will be on the quality of place-making left behind for future generations arising from the Housing White Paper, the revised NPPF, and its associated legislation?  Is planning policy too blunt an instrument to be responsive to rapidly changing national and local housing markets?  This event seeks to explore some of these possible consequences which is likely to cover a range of policy issues including second homes in Neighbourhood Plans, affordable housing thresholds, national space standards, age-related housing, design and much more! 
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