September Chairs Update: RTPI London

Dear All,

Please find below an update on RTPI London activities.

This month started with a bang, with a brilliant talk and tour of the city of London exploring some of the sites which were impacted by the Great Fire of London. The event which coincided with the Great Fire’s 350th anniversary was led by our very own Lester Hillman. We managed to host the presentation at Boltoph Lane which was a stones throw from Thomas Farriner’s famous bakery on Pudding Lane and some of the churches that were rebuilt, paid for through coal taxes.


Planners exploring the sites of the Great Fire of London

We have busy putting the finishing touches to our Planning Aid Community Planning Afternoon and our Planning Summit.

Planning Aid England #CommunityPlanning Afternoon, 6th October 2016. 2pm-5pm Resource for London, N7 6PA

Cost: Free.  :

RTPI London and Planning Aid England (PAE) has joined forces with Locality to develop a free Community Planning Afternoon which will look at the new policy and legislation emerging from Central Government and the Mayor and how this will impact on community planning groups with a particular focus on housing policy and design. This event is aimed  primarily at community groups that are interested/engaged community/neighbourhood planning, but would also be of relevance to professional planners wishing to find out more about community planning in London,

Key areas we will be covering.

  • Sharing success stories and best practice tips from Localism and Neighbourhood Areas across London
  • What does the new legislation in the Housing & Planning Act and future legislation mean for Localism together with London wide policy changes?
  • Updates on Housing policy, the affordability agenda and design together with a review of writing housing policies
  • What support is available to Neighbourhood Forums and community planning groups?
  • Future community and Planning Aid events

The event is free but registration is essential. To book go to:

RTPI London Planning Summit – To 2020 and Beyond: ‘A fairer and more affordable city’ – a challenge for London PlannersCoin Street, 27 October 2016 8.30am-5pm:

BREAKING NEWS:  James Murray, Deputy Mayor, Housing and Residential Development has just agreed to deliver the keynote speech alongside Phil Williams, RTPI President.  The summit focuses on the fairer and more affordable city, how as planners can we achieve this and ensure all Londoners benefit from the city’s prosperity. Hear from the Deputy Mayor about the route plan to 50% genuinely affordable homes, response to starter homes and right to buy, the plan to unlock surplus land, building capacity within the public sector & developing skills and capacity in the construction sector,

With support from Bidwells, Osborne Richardson and BDP this event has attracted a range of top speakers including  John Lett, Strategic Planning Manager, GLA, Alex Williams, Director or Borough Planning, TfL, Lisa Taylor Director Future of London, Peter Village, 39 Essex Chambers, Mairead Carroll, National Housing Federation and more. All speakers will be grappling with the planning priorities we published in February asking how the Mayor can deliver on these priorities.

For more information and to book please visit,

APC, 11th October, Palestra, 197 Blackfriars Road, 6.30pm-8.00pm

Due to popular demand we are re running our Assessment of Professional Competence session on the 11th October at Palestra. Look out for a booking link.

Other events

21st Century Cities, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, 11 October 12:00-3:30pm (Kensington Town Hall)

How cities will be transformed by technology and innovation is the theme of a series of short talks hosted by Kensington and Chelsea’s Planning Department as part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s 21st-century-cities
Celebration of Science event. 21st Century Cities offers a positive upbeat look at how cities will embrace innovation. The event will be split into two sessions. The first will look at ‘smart cities’ and how technology will change the way our cities are built an
d function. The second theme relates to ‘sustainable cities’ focusing on how cites can be less carbon intensive in the future.

Please see the flyer  for more information.

2017 Business Planning

The region is recruiting volunteers for 2017 which will be elected onto our committee at our AGM on the 16th  November. Please do pass this message on if you know of any volunteers that would be interested in getting involved. We can circulate more details to them in due course.

Please get in touch with any questions / suggestions.,uk

Kind Regards,

Andrew Dorrian (Chair)

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Assessment of Professional Competence (L-APC) are you ready? – 27 September 2016

Are you a student, Licentiate, mentor or an employer?

This seminar aims to answer all your questions on the APC process, guidance, competencies and submission procedure.  Additionally, there are three workshops to attend:

  • Practical Experience Statement (PES)
  • Professional Competence Statement (PCS)
  • Log book and Professional Development Plan (PDP)

This is a chance for those going through the L-APC to ask questions and hear top tips from some of our Chartered volunteers.


  • 6.30 pm. Introduction – Andrew Dorrian, RTPI London.
  • 6.35 p.m. Navigating the L-APC – Hilary Lush, Senior Membership Advisor, RTPI.
  • 7.30 pm. Questions and Answers.
  • 7.35pm: Workshops (PES/Logbook, PDP and PCS).
  • 7.55 pm: Approximate close.


  • Hilary Lush: (RTPI).
  • Andrew Dorrian: (RTPI London– Event Chair)
  • Volunteers from RTPI London


The event is free, and open to all RTPI members but please book your place if you would like to attend.  Booking link here.



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August Chairs Update: RTPI London

Dear All,

Please find below an update on RTPI London activities.

Planning Summit

Hopefully you will have seen our communications  around the launch of the summit. The ticket prices are incredibly affordable starting at just £35+VAT or £15+VAT for students. We’ll update you as to where we are with the event soon. Get booking at,‘a-fairer-and-more-affordable-city’-–-a-challenge-for-london-planners/

Community Planning Afternoon

At Planning Aid England we’re organising a Community Planning Afternoon on the 6th October (2-5pm) at Resource for London on Holloway Road. We have joined forces with Locality to arrange an event for the community planning sector in London, comprising of Neighbourhood and local planning groups. The aim of which is to provide a platform for discussion and debate on localism in London and key legislative / policy changes / priorities that will affect them. We’ve also focused in the latter half of the event on housing from a policy, design and affordability perspective. More details will be announced next week to spread the message around the community sector.


We’re delighted that Lester Hillman is hosting the Great Fire of London talk and Tour on the 1st September. This recognises the 350th anniversary of the fire. We’re working on a Olympic Legacy event (more details to follow), we’ve got a APC in the diary for the end of September and we’re working on a Night Time economy event in October.

George Weeks organised a highly successful Waltham Forest cycle tour in early August. This looked at the Mini Holland cycle scheme which was delivered. Our thanks to him.

Planning Aid and RTPI changes

There have been a number of meetings / ones to come around the shape of both the RTPI at a national level and its relationship with the region and the shape of the future Planning Aid England service. The region is involved in these discussions.

Do you want to get involved next year?

The region is looking for a number of new volunteers to help shape our activities next year. These roles will be advertised at our Regional Activities Committee on the 21st September and formally appointed at our AGM in November. My September post will also detail some of these roles and what they involve. For more details please contact Lucy at

Other activities

I’m delighted that the region will be signing a diversity speaker pledge which is being developed by Future of London. This pledge will ensure that our events have speakers that reflect our membership, the subject and the public that we serve. Please let me know if you have any comments.

As ever there is lots going on. Please get in touch with any questions / suggestions.,uk


Andrew Dorrian (RTPI London Chair).

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FORTHCOMING EVENT: RTPI London 2016 Planning Summit

Tickets are now on sale for October’sCoin St.RTPI London Planning Summit at Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre. As with previous summits, this promises to bring together some of the brightest minds in the London planning profession to debate and examine the pertinent issues of the moment.

For the first third of 2016, RTPI London focussed on the London Mayoral race. Following Sadiq Khan’s election in May, the Summit will provide an opportunity to look at what he has achieved in this first 100 days (a symbolic duration, perhaps? FDR would certainly agree).

There will be four plenary sessions, covering:

  1. Growth
  2. Housing
  3. Infrastructure
  4. Prosperity, Affordability and Opportunity (keynote address)

These will be accompanied by eight workshops. Further details are provided on the event page on the RTPI website.

This is your chance to really london-skyline-from-primrose-hill2x1_500x250get under the skin of what the new Mayoralty means for planning in London (and the implications for the UK). We will be releasing more details about speakers, drinks receptions etc during August and September, so keep an eye on our Twitter feed as well as our other pages on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Looking forward to seeing you in October!

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RTPI London; July Chairs Update.

I hope you are all enjoying the summer weather, we’ve held a number of events through June and July from EIA and Planning post Brexit to 3D Planning and our summer social.

Our Brown Bag Breakfast event was held by Temple Group. A week post EU referendum, we changed the agenda to cover the possible effects of Brexit following the vote on planning and environmental policy and legislation. Iain Gilbey from Pinsent Masons reviewed the possible effects and noted that as many EU directives are enshrined in UK law, they will be saved when we exit and will take time to be redrafted. In addition most advanced economies have an EIA system, as such we are likely to retain this. More details of the impact of Brexit can be found atg, Jamie Lockerbie, reviewed the changes to the EIA regime brought about by the latest EU directive and the timescales. It was due to be embedded into practice by 2017.  Peter Cole from Temple Group our kind host and sponsor reviewed the EIA process in light of the directive. Our thanks to Temple Group and Pinsent Masons.

RTPI London supported the My City Too programme which was led by Open City. The event at City Hall provided an opportunity for young participants to present their manifesto to the GLA, TfL, Arup and the RTPI. The manifesto can be viewed at

Hobs Studio hosted a 3D Planning event at their studio on the 7th July. The event looked towards the benefits of using technology in the planning system to make effective decisions & in the engagement process. Kadine James from Hobs presented showed the capabilities of 3D printing using a series of examples. Simon Delahunty-Forrest from Birmingham City Council showcased the Smithfield masterplan and the models that were created for effective engagement. Viral Desai from Barton Willmore the 2015 Young Planner of the Year gave his musings on how new technologies will be embedded in the planning process and Nissa Shahid from Indigo Planning reviewed how real time data can be used to understand our city. Oliver Dawkins from Casa at UCL gave a review of augmented reality technologies that exist and their capabilities. Please note this session will be rerun at our summit in October.

Our Third Thursday event was back from the summer. Sponsored by Osborne Richardson, held at Doggetts Bar on the Southbank, 50 people attended this reception, with two lucky winners coming away with gift cards! We’ll be running another event in September.

We’re delighted that colleagues launched the Planning Out network on Thursday 28th July with a successful event. For more information & to sign up to updates, please email

Finally congratulations to Quod Planning who were the winners of the Trophy competition at our Football event and London Irish Planners the winners of the plate competition. For more details see

Our events calendar is packed and we’re looking forward to the following events.

Furthermore we are actively developing our October planning summit. This summit is the showcase event of the year which will close our #to2020andbeyond Mayoral series. It will transpose our ‘planning asks’ with the emerging direction of travel for the new Mayor. With expert speakers ready to look at a cross cutting themes, the summit will seek to address the challenges that planners face to delivering a fairer and more affordable city.

To register your interest and to be in with a chance of qualifying for an ‘early bird’ ticket at extremely affordable rates – email Lucy. Bookings will open in mid-August.

Please get in touch with any questions / suggestions.,uk


Andrew Dorrian (RTPI London Chair).

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EVENT REVIEW: RTPI London Football Tournament 2016 sponsored by Indigo Planning

The 2016 RTPI London Football Tournament was the ninth tournament and it still remains one of the highlights of the year!  With a great display of team spirit and healthy competition, the teams kicked off at 5:45pm to begin another enthralling football tournament in Shoreditch.

Once the group stages were over, the bbq and beers began – for some teams!  Others had more football to play, and what matches they were.  The final results:

Trophy competition:

  • Winners – Quod Planning
  • Runners up –  GVA

Plate competition:

  • Winners – London Irish Planners
  • Runners up – CGMessi

Once again we would like to thank Indigo Planning for sponsoring one of the most eagerly anticipated and most enjoyable events of the year.

Finally, we would like to congratulate Quod Planning for the defending their title and everybody who participated and supported at this years event. We look forward to seeing you again next year.

Quod winners










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REMINDER: RTPI London Summer Social – 21 July 2016

Tomorrow, we look forward to seeing you aBeert Doggett’s Coat and Badge (next to Blackfriars Bridge) for the ever-popular RTPI London Summer Social.

Kindly sponsored by Osborne Richardson, this is your chance to enjoy drinks and nibbles by the Thames, catch up with old friends, meet new people and make connections for your next job!


If you have booked, but now cannot attend, please let us know so that we can reallocate your ticket. Thank you!



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Planning Out: Launch Event:Thursday 28th July 2016

Planning Out is an LGBT network for professionals in the planning sector.

Planning Out has two key aims. Firstly it is a forum for professionals in the LGBT community to develop professional connections and friendships, learn best practice and share ideas from colleagues across the industry.

 Secondly our aim is to provide a forum to encourage LGBT professionals to be themselves and be authentic in the workplace and in their everyday lives so that they can fulfil their potential.

Launch Event

Planning Out’s Launch Event is on Thursday 28 July:Planning Out

Date: Thursday 28 July

Time: 6pm arrival for 6.30pm start

Venue: Turley, 5, Charlotte building, 17 Gresse St, W1T 1QL

Booking and more information:

The event will feature speakers, drinks and great networking opportunities – limited spaces left!


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Twitter @planningout

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We welcome all people regardless of seniority, public, private, voluntary or academic sectors as well as those who are supportive of our cause. We also welcome professionals who are connected to the planning industry.

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FORTHCOMING EVENT: Waltham Forest Mini-Holland tour – Saturday 6 August

For our latest cycling study tour, RTPI London invites you to the prizewinning Waltham Forest Mini-Holland.

As part of the Mayor of London’s Vision for Cycling, threeMiniH outer London boroughs were awarded Mini-Holland funding packages in March 2014, worth around £30m each. These aim to transform an existing urban environment to favour walking and cycling, such as is normal in the Netherlands.

Waltham Forest Mini-Holland has made rapid progress. It has, to date, won prizes from the CIHT, New London Architecture, the Cycle Planning Awards, the Sustainable City Awards  and the London Cycling Awards.

Come and see it for yourself next month on a (hopefully) bright Saturday morning. Booking is essential. Spaces are limited.

Click on the flyer for the booking link.



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FORTHCOMING EVENT: 3D Planning: Technology and Planning: Thursday 7th July, Hobs Studio

Come and view 3D printing in action!

3D Visualisation, is a powerful planning tool which can be used in engagement, and showing how  schemes and plans can be implemented. This session will  look at how such technology is being embraced to articulate proposals.


  • Kadine James (Senior Account Manager at Hobs Studio), will be introducing the concepts of 3D visualisation, augmented reality and printing and showing how this technology works in practice.
  • Simon Delahunty-Forrest (City Design and Conservation Manager at Birmingham City Council) Simon will be exploring the role of visualisation in the preparation and consultation of the Smithfield Masterplan.3D Planning
  • Viral Desai (Senior Planner at Barton Willmore, Viral is the Young Planners of the year from 2015 and will look at imagining the role of planners and planning in the future with challenges.
  • Nissa Shahid (Assistant Planner at Indigo Planning) Nissa is currently  completing a Masters of Research in Spatial Data Science and Visualisation at the Centre of Advanced Spatial Analysis (UCL) and will review her work around using data and visualisations to better understand the complexities of people and place..
  • Oliver Dawkins (PHD Researcher at the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL) Oliver is a PHD researcher at CASA and is studying the use of 3D visualisation and mixed reality interfaces for working with real time data to enhance urban decision making.

For more information, please see the  flyer, Book at:


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