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, http://www.pinsentmasons.com/en/media/publications/the-eu-referendum/. 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 http://www.mycitytoo.org.uk/manifesto.html.

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 planningoutlgbt@gmail.com.

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 https://rtpilondoncalling.wordpress.com/2016/07/26/event-review-rtpi-london-football-tournament-2016-sponsored-by-indigo-planning/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true

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. London@rtpi.org,uk


Andrew Dorrian (RTPI London Chair).

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