April Chairs update: RTPI London

I hope you are all well.

We’ve been busy this month preparing for a host of events which we have planned in May.

Our events in March saw our successful APC workshop which included three breakout slots for future members to ask any questions they may have. In true St Patricks Day style we relaunched our Third Thursday series at All Bar One, kindly sponsored by Mattinson Partnership.

We finished the month with the Housing debate on the 21st March. Many thanks to our speakers from Karakusevic Carson Architects, Centre for London, Quod and Trowers and Hamlins, together with our hosts Camden Council . Emerging themes from the event, were calls for an Affordable Housing CIL, allow Local Authorities to collect funding and get on and deliver affordable housing, whilst recognising that this does not meet the aims of mixed and balanced communities. There was a strong call for the Mayor to be a figurehead in housing delivery in the next term with support to Local Authorities to deliver new homes. Solving the skills shortage in housing delivery was also an important theme. A review of this event will be available shortly.

April started with a bang with two events last week on Maintaining London’s Environmental Resilience (Thanks to AECOM, Jacobs and the Greater London National Park City). This followed a tour of Euston looking at the impact of HS2, thanks to Camden Council and Arup for supporting this one.

We are about to launch a number of forthcoming events, the last in our Mayoral Series (The Future London economy) & a very exciting Scavenger Hunt kindly supported by KDH Associates. Please watch this space for more information.

As we move towards the end of our election series we are beginning to plan a number of other events through May, June and beyond. These include our ever popular annual CIL and Viability event at City Hall and a legal update.

We’re also looking towards debates on the Skyline, becoming a organising partner of the London Festival of Architecture, Enforcement, Planning Aid, Outer London and Estate Regeneration. Furthermore we are putting together the brief for 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. London@rtpi.org,uk

Andrew Dorrian (RTPI London Chair).

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