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Wednesday 20th September 2017 – Grand Union, Rolls Passage, London EC4A 1HL

Thirty eager English, Kiwi and Aussie town planners came together on a Wednesday night at the Grand Union Pub, Chancery Lane, for an evening of slightly planning themed trivia.

The competitors signed in, picked up their drinks vouchers, headed to the bar and the networking subsequently ensued. After a day in the office, we all sat down and re-engaged our brains. We flew through current affairs, geography and history themed rounds with some specialist rounds/challenges also thrown in for good measure.

We captioned funny photos and built impressively tall towers (without planning permission/permits!). The towers were judged on their ‘architectural beauty’, structural soundness and, of course, height; the most points were awarded to the tallest tower.

The winners for the evening were Team Wellington, a trio of three from Mattison Partnership, who shared their chocolatey prize with all pub quizzers.


Winning Caption: “All Climate “Change” here as LiverPOLE Street for White City”

A big thank you to our amazing sponsor, Mattinson Partnership, for supporting the event and for their excellent company on the night.

We look forward to seeing you at future events and keep an eye out for World Town Planning Day celebration on Wednesday 29th November!


Review by Micaela Benson (UK Planning Institute of Australia), Hannah Murphy (UK New Zealand Town Planning Institute) and Zoe Green (Royal Town Planning Institute).


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daytime view of LondonPlanning for Good Growth:   Delivering a resilient London

Thursday 30 November, 09:00 – 17:00, Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN

We at RTPI London have been working hard to deliver you an interesting and affordable, (only £35+vat for an early bird ticket, student and concession prices available too) day including a preview of the draft London Plan from the GLA team.

Our annual summit will focus on how planners in London can assist in delivering the Mayor’s priorities and consider how we can all play a part in delivering a more resilient London. We will:

  • Debate how the London Plan and London’s Planning Community can assist in creating a city that is resilient agains long term shocks and stresses.
  • Preview the draft London Plan, and understand next steps in the consultation process
  • Explore “Good Growth” and how London’s planning community can deliver.

Oh, and did we mention there will be a drinks reception post Summit, and if you attend the Summit, you are invited to that too!

Early Bird image Book your tickets now before they all fly away!

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The Yorkshire Grey, 2 Theobalds Rd, London WC1X 8PN, UK – 6:15pm – 11:00pm

Living in London is busy – but we want to help you relax – so, join us for a drink, with nice people and great conversation!  This evening will be perfect before the busy onslaught of Christmas.

With only a £2 booking fee which will go to the amazing charity of The Elifar Foundation.  Please take a moment to check out this charity, it is a fantastic example of giving to an incredibly worthy cause.

Thanks to Macdonald & Company for supporting our cause of ‘relaxing before Christmas’.

Book your place quickly, as these events are immensly popular.  There will be a raffle, prizes, drinks, food and networking – what more could you ask for?

Please note, once you have booked your place we are unable to offer a refund, but will be happy to transfer your place to someone else.

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After a successful 12 months building its offer, Planning Aid England (PAE) is looking to increase its services in the capital.  In order to shape what services are offered, the region is looking to bolster its Planning Aid England task group. We are looking for members to form this task group and report back to RTPI London’s committee.

This is a chance as a volunteer to help inform future activities, opportunities and training for volunteers in London. It will help to enhance the Region’s support for PAE and to contribute to the wider strategy and approach not only in London but throughout England.

It is likely that we will meet twice monthly for circa 1.5 hours (in central London). Tasks may include, inputting into the programme for PAE in London, organising training events for volunteers, putting forward proposals for projects PAE volunteers could support within the region and helping to raise the profile of PAE more widely. The task group will report directly to RTPI London’s Regional Management Board and Regional Activities Committee.

Any PAE or RTPI member is welcome to join and at this stage we are just looking to gather expressions of interest.

This meeting will take place at Windsor House, 50 Vitoria Street, London, SW1 on   26 September at 6pm

If you are interested in joining and can attend  (or have any questions) please do not hesitate to contact, Andrew Dorrian.

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London Planning Awards 2017/2018


You can still enter the London Planning Awards…the categories are:

Best New Place to Live
Best New Place to Work
Best Project Five Years On
Best New Iconic Building or Scheme
Best Mixed Use Scheme
Mayor’s Award for Innovation in Planning
Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Environmental Planning
Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence

To enter the London Planning Awards 2017/18 competition,  simply download and complete the electronic entry form(s), for the categories you would like to participate in. Then save the form(s) as a word document and send to Georgia Long,  along with up to three high resolution digital photographs at 300dpi via WeTransfer.  Simple!

Please go to www.londonplanningawards.com for copies of the entry forms and judging criteria.

All completed entries must be submitted by 5pm Friday 22 September 2017.





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Event Review: Summer Social 2017 (on a Barge)

On Thursday 17th August over 150 young planners enjoyed an evening of sunshine, drinks, scenic views and good planning company on the Battersea Barge.

The event kicked-off at 6:30pm and a queue formed almost immediately. Our young planners were clearly in a hurry to get on board and this was evidenced by the beautiful upper deck soon becoming rather crowded! During the evening our generous sponsors, Deverell Smith, provided a business card raffle, with vouchers for Selfridges and a restaurant up for grabs.

The evening was a huge success and, not least judging by the many photos submitted for the photo competition, everyone had a great evening!

We would like to thank everyone who attended as well as our sponsors for the night, Deverell Smith. A further special mention to our sponsors who made a charitable donation to helping the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Some photos from the evening are included below.


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Event: City of London Walking Tour

Thursday 24th September 2017, 6:00pm – High Holborn, London WC1V 6DR, UK

Come along to our City of London Walking Tour.

The tour will explore the City of London to understand its architectural evolution and how new and old buildings can be successfully juxtaposed in a very dense environment whilst exploring back streets and hidden enclaves to understand its origins and history.

This event is free and open to all those who work or study in planning and related professions.  It has been kindly supported by Design Council CABE.

Book your place now!



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New Event: International Pub Quiz – 20 September 2017

Wednesday 20th September, 6:30pm Grand Union, Rolls Passage, London EC4A 1HL

Come along to our International Planning Pub Quiz!

The quiz will be held at the Grand Union (nearest tube is Chancery Lane). You are invited to join us from 6.30pm and the quiz will start at 7pm till about 8:30pm.

There is a £2 entry fee per person (payable on the door). Includes free drink and nibbles thanks to Mattison Partnership.
In the spirit of international collaboration, teams will be allocated on arrival.

Book your place now!

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Event Review: Planning in the Park 2017

Thursday 3rd August 2017 saw the inaugural ‘Planning in the Park’ event at Regents Park, in association with sponsors Osborne Richardson. Despite the lack of summer sun and the very realistic threat of heavy downpours the event was extremely well attended. Just over 50 planning professionals took the opportunity to mingle in the setting of  temporary statues on display on the south east side of Regents Park.

‘Planning in the Park’ lived up to its billing on the flyer, as those who attended were treated to a chilled out evening (music provided by CJ from Osborne Richardson), excessive amounts of M&S canapes, chocolate and crisps, Pimms, wine and beer. Games of keepy-uppies and frisbee also added to the evening entertainment.

The event took a rather unexpected turn at around 10:30pm as the remaining 20 or so people discovered that they had been locked in the park!!! An easy climb over the waist high fence solved that problem and the evening was then able to continue in a nearby pub.

Thank you to everyone who attended and to sponsors Osborne Richardson and we hope to have ‘Planning in the Park’ back on the events calendar in 2018.


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