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Previous events

2017 Events

Conservation: 50 years of Heritage Planning

23 February 2017, York

Our 1st event in the 2017 RTPI Yorkshire Conference Series was held at the Hospitium in York in partnership with Historic England. Programme

1702 Delegates 1702 Chair + Panel

Photo (left): Delegates at the Heritage Planning conference at the historic Hospitium in Museum Gardens in York.

Photo (right): Conference Chair Janine Laver (RTPI Yorkshire Committee member and Principal Officer at Wakefield MDC) with morning speakers (from left to right): Ian Smith (Historic England), Kevin Trickett (Yorkshire & Humber Association of Civic Societies), Les Sparks OBE (Conservation Architect/Planner & Urban Designer - our keynote speaker), and Trevor Mitchell (Historic England).

2016 Events

RTPI Yorkshire Lecture and Reception 2016

Held in the Banqueting Suite at Leeds Civic Hall on 28 July 2016.

Yorkshire Conference Series

The Role of Planning in Health and Well-being

Held in York on 25 February 2016

Spatial Planning for Resilient Places

Held in Sheffield on 16 March 2016 

The Development Management Law Conference

Held at The Hospitium in York on 19 May 2016

YCS 1605 Panel

  • Panel members from left to right:
  • Debbie Raynolds (DWF LLP), Glenn Sharpe (DWF LLP), Phil Crabtree (RTPI Yorkshire Chair), Paul Cairnes QC (No5 Chambers)


Climate Change, Renewables and The Humber Energy Estuary

Held at The Guildhall in Hull on 22 September 2016

John Prescott 2Left: Lord (John) Prescott delivering the keynote address at the conference

YCS 1609 delegates

YCS 1609 Panel


From l to r: 

Jack Hardisty, Professor of Environmental Physics, School of Environmental Sciences, The University of Hull; Alex Codd, City Planning Manager, Hull City Council; Phil Crabtree, RTPI Yorkshire Chair; David Hardy, Planning Partner, Squire Patton Boggs LLP


Read the report (pdf)

The Annual Planning Law Update

Held at the Civic Hall in Leeds on 10 November 2016

2015 Events

RTPI Yorkshire Annual Lecture and Reception

Alfonso Vegara

Held in the Banqueting Suite at the Civic Hall in Leeds on 23 July 2015.



Yorkshire Conference Series

Planning for and by Communities

Held in Leeds on 9 December 2015

Annual Planning Law Update

Held in Leeds on 12 November 2015

Regenerating Town Centres

Held in Sheffield on 21 October 2015 

Professional Practice: adapting to current changes

Held in York on 24 September 2015

Economic Growth: are we ready?

Held in Sheffield on 15 July 2015

1506 photoImproving the Design Quality of Housing Developments

Held in Leeds on 17 June 2015

Read the report (pdf)






The Development Management Law Conference

Held in York on 21 May 2015

Moving Forward against the Housing Crisis

Held in Sheffield on 29 April 2015

Constructive Conservation at the Heart of Place-making

Held in York on 18 March 2015

Forward Planning: regaining the initiative

Held in Leeds on 19 February 2015

Yorkshire Practice Seminars

Wakefield: The importance of Cultural and Transport Investment 

Seminar held on 11 December 2015

In association with Wakefield Council and the Hepworth Gallery.

Halifax: Regeneration and Investment in action

Seminar held on 18 November 2015

In association with Calderdale Council

Sheffield 2035: City growth and the role of planning

Seminar held on 14 October 2015

In association with Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Hallam University.

Bradford: Renaissance

Seminar held on 15 September 2015

In association with City Of Bradford MDC  

Bradford Seminar 3   Bradford Seminar 9

Scarborough: Seaside Growth and Recovery

Seminar held on 3 July 2015

In association with Scarborough Borough Council.

Hull: City of Culture and Transformation

Seminar held on 9 June 2015

In association with Hull City Council and Rollits LLP.

Leeds: A joined up approach to housing growth

Seminar held on 12 May 2015

In association with Leeds City Council.

Beverley: A new chapter for an Historic Market Town

Seminar held on 27 April 2015

In association with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 

Beverley Seminar 2   Beverley Seminar 4

Doncaster: A Transforming Economy

Seminar held on 25 March 2015 

In association with Doncaster Council.

Huddersfield: A University Town

Seminar held on 25 February 2015 

In associaiton with Huddersfield University and Kirklees Council.  

2014 Reports

Yorkshire Conference Series

Annual Planning Law Update

Held in Leeds on 13 November 2013

Planning with Communities: does the neighbourhood level work?

Held in Sheffield on 9 October 2014

Planning and Transport: are we nearly there yet?

Held in York on 9 July 2014

The value of urban design

Held in Leeds on 25 June 2014

The development management law conference

Held in York on 22 May 2014.

In association with DWF LLP.

Delivering the homes we need

Held in Leeds on 16 April 2014

Contentious planning issues: current and future challenges

Held in Sheffield on 20 March 2014

NPPF, planning reform and delivery

Held in Leeds on 27 February 2014.

Kindly sponsored by O'Neill Associates.

Yorkshire Practice Seminars

This is a series of special low-cost Centenary seminars looking at the greatest planning achievements in the Yorkshire region over the past 100 years.

Reports from our Seminars

Planning: Origins and Early Years (1910s)

Held on 26 February 2014 in Saltaire

This seminar looked at early planned developments in Yorkshire with reference to Saltaire and compared to those in Halifax and Leeds.  It considered the concept of Saltaire, its value as a World Heritage Site, recent restoration projects and what could be done for future protection. The seminar was followed by a study tour around the World Heritage Site.

Saltaire study tour

"Homes for Heroes" (1920s)

Held on 13 March 2014 in Leeds

This seminar considered the impact of the 1918 'Addison' Housing Act and the 1919 Town Planning Act on the provision of "Homes for Heroes", following WW1 and set in the context of the Garden City and tenants' movements, with particular reference to Leeds.

Homes for Heroes - Robert FinniganDownload Robert Finnigan's presentation (pdf)







City Centre Transformation (1930s)

Held on 2 April 2014 in Leeds

Leeds city centre was transformed in the 1930s by new developments, notably The Headrow reconstruction by Blomfield, Quarry Hill flats, the Queens Hotel and City Square. This seminar looked at this transformation and considered how new development replaces outworn parts of the city, now and into the future.

City Centre Transformation image

Rebuilding Hull: the Abercrombie Plan and Beyond (1940s)

Held on 13 May 2014 in Hull

Hull photo 2Reflecting on the past and looking forward. Heavily bombed during the Second World War, Hull secured a dynamic city plan early on, prepared by eminent planners and architects Edwin Lutyens and Patrick Abercrombie.  We found out why so little is known of it, why it was not implemented and discovered whether the city is better off as a result.


Hull photo 1

Download presentations (all pdf):

David Atkinson Part A; David Atkinson Part B; David Neave; Alex Codd

Programme (pdf)

RollitsThis Seminar was kindly sponsored by Rollits



Yorkshire's National Parks (1950s)

Held on 26 June 2014 in Helmsley

Cleveland WayThis Seminar looked at the development of policy from inception to the present in the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales, two of the three national parks in "God's own County" and the part played in this by planning professionals. Presentations and discussion involved planners and non-planners in both National Parks.



Duncombe Park 








Iconic Architecture and the New Brutalism (1960s)

Held on 10 July 2014 in Sheffield

Sheffield 1The new brutalism movement produced many iconic buildings recognised today for their architectural merit, including Park Hill, Sheffield and The Roger Stevens building at the University of Leeds.  This Seminar explored the architecture, planning and community concepts of such development, focusing on development designed to re-house communities destroyed by large scale slum clearance.



Sheffield 2   Sheffield 3


TurleyThis Seminar was kindly sponsored by Turley.



"We've got the power!" The golden age of infrastructure (1970s)

Held on 24 September 2014 at Drax power station

DraxThe 1970s saw the completion of several large-scale infrastructure projects in the region, including major transport and energy projects.  Hosted at an iconic example of 1970s infrastructure, this event will include a tour of Drax power station.  We will consider how infrastructure investment was planned and delivered in the 1970s, how these assets are being re-provisioned, and what lessons we can learn for the future.


Squire Patton BoggsThis Seminar was kindly sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs.


South Yorkshire Coalfield "Back in Business" (1980s)

Held on 3 October 2014 at the Advanced Manufacturing Park, Rotherham

Waverley2The Seminar contrasted approaches to regeneration in the Yorkshire coalfield, including large scale public/private sector investment compared to the community ethos of the regeneration of coalfield communities.







Rebirth of Leeds Riverside: by accident or design? (1990s)

Held on 20 November in Leeds

Leeds riversideThis Seminar examined the role of the Leeds Urban Design Guide on the changing shape of the Riverside, focusing on past impressions and plans, what has actually happened and the forces that have driven change. The important role of private enterprise was  examined and the vision brought up to date by examining links to wider city plans.


 Leeds riverside 2   Leeds riverside 3

Remaking Public Realm for the Millennium (2000s)

Held on 4 December in Sheffield

Sheffield, an early pioneer, used cultural industries as a catalyst for employment creation, city identity and developing social cohesion. Through the "Heart of the City", the Millennium Galleries and the Winter Gardens regeneration projects have created a vibrant city scene. This Seminar gave an opportunity to see the Millennium Galleries and Winter Gardens at first hand and hear how they were created.