February has been a busy old month for the region, with a range of debate events and organising events coming forward together with engagement on the Open City, My City Too project.
The 4th February event saw our third debate series take place on Strategic Planning and the greenbelt. This is perhaps one of the most topical but controversial topics we have covered. The debate followed this theme and there were varied views from the panel about the future of the greenbelt. What was clear is that it will return to the political agenda and there is a clear call for strategic planning. Thanks go to our sponsors and chair at Arup together with speakers from the HBF, CPRE, Adam Smith Institute and Catriona Riddell Associates.
Strategic Planning and Housing delivery are central tenants of our Planning priorities for the new Mayor which we launched this month. Available here. Our approach was one to bring in views from across the region but also the wider south east. This commenced with a member survey to test the waters and then fleshed out in more detail through a series of round table events in September. The feedback was also used to develop a series of planning asks or our collective priorities as the RTPI for the new Mayor. These asks were developed in collaboration between members and staff in the policy team at Boltoph Lane. This worked extremely well and was a chance for staff and members to debate some of these 9 priorities. Please take a look at them and let us know your view!
We are delighted that our inter-professional hustings which we co-organised with RIBA London, RICS, NLA, LI, CIOB, Planning Futures and UDG was a success. 400 people turned up and despite some last minute speaker and chair changes it was a useful opportunity to work together with fellow professions to explore matters around growth housing and infrastructure. We are continuing this relationship with these organising parties and are looking to arrange other major topical events this year and beyond.
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. Our Housing event is being finalised and we hope to launch this very soon.
RTPI are sponsoring the Open City My City Too! project, which aims to garner the views of Young Londoners and design a Manifesto for a Better City to present to the London mayoral candidates. We are looking for 15 urban design professionals to attend a workshop with teenagers from across London. It will take place this Saturday 5 March, 11-2pm at McCann London (close to Russell Square). Please contact Suzie Zuber from Open-City if you would like to take part.
Our next APC event is on Tuesday 8th March at 55 Broadway. This is a chance to ask any questions of RTPI members of staff and members who have recently been through the process. Please see more information here.
Furthermore we have relaunched our series of Young Planner social events which were hugely successful last year, please book here.
Please get in touch with any questions.
Andrew Dorrian (RTPI London Chair) London@rtpi.org.uk