On behalf of RTPI London I would like to wish all of our members a Happy New Year.
We are gearing up for a very exciting 2016 with many challenges facing planners across London. Not least the political changes we are going to see with the election in May, ongoing budget and resource pressures in local government set against huge growth pressures and optimism in the wider real estate sector.
We are already well underway with our Mayoral #to2020andbeyond series with the next event (transport) on Thursday 21st January. The following months will see events on strategic planning and the greenbelt, housing, environment and resilience and economics. Further we are planning a hustings event with the main political parties. There are many opportunities to get involved with these debates, through attendance or participation before during and after using our social media channels.
We are also committed to delivering a useful, cost effective series of CPD events for our members, ranging from Law and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) updates to regeneration, urban design, community planning and sustainability events. We aim to deliver a mix of talks and tours. Further we are looking to continuing our Third Thursday young planner events from February, with APC updates and a mix of wider social events for members.
I’m personally very excited and honoured with the chance of being chair this year and I’m very much looking forward to taking forward the debate into this year which is going to experience many changes.
The region is always on the lookout for volunteers and our next Regional Activities Committee meeting is on Tuesday 12th January (6.30pm onwards) at 55 Broadway. We welcome all members and ask that if you would like to attend that you register your interest to Lucy Barton by emailing London@rtpi.org.uk, by Friday 8th January.
We’ll be providing regular updates as to our activities across the region by updating this blog and via our email bulletins. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch should you have any questions.
Andrew Dorrian (RTPI London Chair)