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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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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June Chairs Update: RTPI London

Our events in May and June have focused on delivering many of our business as usual opportunities and we are delighted that RTPI London has developed a partnership with Urban Design London to deliver a number of design and policy events.

This year saw RTPI London’s Sixth Annual CIL seminar which was kindly hosted by the GLA and sponsored by Iceni Projects.  One of most popular regular events, this year didn’t disappoint; we heard from some old faces and new, all in front of a packed audience.

We had guest speakers from across the sectors each giving an insight into CIL.  Our speakers also commented on the seemingly increased emphasis that is being placed on development viability in the planning process, not only at a national level with the Spending Review commitment 2015 to standardise our approach to viability but also at a London and local level.

Roger Wand and Kate Johnson from DCLG talked us through the Government’s progress with the CIL Review 2015 and Roger detailed his role in delivering the Spending Review commitment 2015.  Next we heard from Neil Lees of TfL who were delighted to invite back to provide us all with an update on CIL in London.  Neil heads up the Planning Obligations team at TfL.  Interestingly, Neil also spoke about the success of collecting funds key in the delivery of Crossrail 1 in 2018 and also the options for the new Mayor in using CIL to fund Crossrail 2.  Rob Krzyszowski from Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea then spoke from a borough perspective/reflection on CIL, and its interaction with s106 obligations, and general approach to viability.  The last of our panel presentations came from David Van Der Lande from Iceni Projects who has recently joined the company setting up a new delivery and viability team.  Speaking as a practitioner David brought a private practice view to the discussions about the likely impact of future changes to CIL and recent legal challenges associated with development viability, and what this all means for delivery on the ground.

The continuing work with a number of interprofessional institutes / organisations, saw a debate on the EU Referendum, asking the question around the impact of the referendum on the built environment in London. With the vote only days away, you can relive the event at: .

Our Planning Law update was held on the 8th June, kindly hosted by Pinsent Masons. This annual event didn’t disappoint. Together with updates on the National Infrastructure regime following on from our CIL event the coverage of the Estates Gazette article on CIL was noted. According to the EG, CIL is going to be significantly stripped back following the CIL review panel. The proposal is for a national base tax on new development. More details are to follow and it is expected to be discussed in Parliament after the summer recess.

On the Housing and Planning Act, Permission in Principle (PiP) is set to be incredibly advantageous for land value uplift, disposals and development investment. There is however a significant lack of detail which is expected to come through regulations. This is the same for starter homes as the definition of price caps can change and there can be restriction on age and nationality. Enforcement of these restrictions is however unclear.

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

  • Brown Bag Breakfast Event – The New EIA Directive, One Year till Lift Off: Temple Group, Wednesday 29th June,
  • My City Too, Tuesday 5th July, City Hall.
  • 3D Planning, Technology and Planning, Hobs Studio, Thursday 7th July,
  • RTPI London Football Tournament, Date TBC

Furthermore we are actively developing our October planning summit, on Thursday October 27th (Save the date). Watch this space for more details.

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: Planning Law Update – 8 June 2016

This annual event is a must for planning practitioners seeking to get an overview of the latest planning law in key developmental areas. Please join RTPI London and Pinsent Masons

Programme to be confirmed shortly.

Reserve your space here.

This event is free and open to all those who work or study in planning and related built environment professions. However, if demand is high, preference will be given to RTPI members.

Places are strictly limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Should you have a place confirmed and cannot attend the event please let us know so that your place can be reallocated.

Sponsored by Pinsent Masons


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FORTHCOMING EVENT: Brown Bag Breakfast Event – The New EIA Directive, One Year till Lift Off; Wednesday 29th June 2016

FORTHCOMING EVENT: EIA Directive, Wednesday 29th June 2016; 8-10am: Temple Group Ltd

RTPI London is delighted to announce that Temple Group will be hosting a session on the latest progress of the proposed changes to the EIA regime with speakers from Pinsent Masons. It looks at the ‘in theory’ and ‘in practice’ implications for Local Authorities; implications of recentchanges to the NPPF, Housing and Planning Act (including PiP). It will finish with suggestions on how LPA’s should be preparing for the changes as well as an opportunity for discussion and feedback.Brown Bag Event

Speakers: Peter Cole, Associate Director at Temple Group,
Iain Gilbey (Partner and Head of Planning at PinsentMasons LLP) and James Lockerbie Senior Associate, Planning at Pinsent Masons LLP)

Cost: The event is free, and open to all RTPI members. Breakfast will be provided.

To book, please email: (Stating your name, job title and also the name of the event.)

Please click the flyer for more information.


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