February Chairs Update – RTPI London

We have had a fantastic start to the year at RTPI London with our events programme which is standing us in good stead to deliver a range of debates ahead of the election as well as other CPD activities.

The 21st January saw our Transport event (To 2020 and Beyond: London Transport needs by 2050). kindly hosted at Hawkins\Brown A review will be posted online but the main discussion from the event is that we need to get on a deliver a range of transport projects and speed up delivery so we can ensure the transport network can cope with this insatiable demand being placed upon it. We also need to be more canny about funding options going forward. Thanks go to our speakers from Hawkins\Brown, TfL, Centre for Cities and London Councils.

We are delighted that we launched our inter-professional hustings which we co-organised with RIBA London, RICS, NLA, LI, CIOB, Planning Futures and UDG. This event sold out within 30 mins, faster than a top concert! Apologies for those who couldn’t get a ticket, there is still plenty opportunity to get involved in the debate through social media (#LDN2020) and of course our email. We will be inviting questions in advance and on the night.
At the event we intend to publish our Planning Asks. These are currently being developed by the regional committee and follow on from the survey and round tables we hosted last year.

On Thursday evening we have our next debate, focused on Strategic Planning and the Greenbelt, held at the Building Centre and sponsored by Arup. We are asking the questions, Should the permanence of the Green Belt be respected and maintained? Might we consider a different approach in the context of London and South East strategic planning? Or does Green Belt need more wholesale review?

The next events in the series are Housing, Environment and Economics. We are thankful for our event partners, ING Media, NLA and TfL for their support.

We are working on a range of other CPD activities, including a tour of Euston and Kings Cross and our next big project will be Estate Regeneration. Watch out for more details soon.

Several members of the committee are also involved in a project with Open City, called My City Too, which is a youth participation project which gets young people involved and gives them a voice about the present and future challenges for London.

Furthermore we are looking to relaunch our series of Young Planner social events which were hugely successful last year and will make an announcement about this very soon.

There is lots going on and plenty an opportunity to get involved.
Please get in touch with any questions.

Andrew Dorrian (RTPI London Chair)

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