August Chairs Update: RTPI London

Dear All,

Please find below an update on RTPI London activities.

Planning Summit

Hopefully you will have seen our communications  around the launch of the summit. The ticket prices are incredibly affordable starting at just £35+VAT or £15+VAT for students. We’ll update you as to where we are with the event soon. Get booking at,‘a-fairer-and-more-affordable-city’-–-a-challenge-for-london-planners/

Community Planning Afternoon

At Planning Aid England we’re organising a Community Planning Afternoon on the 6th October (2-5pm) at Resource for London on Holloway Road. We have joined forces with Locality to arrange an event for the community planning sector in London, comprising of Neighbourhood and local planning groups. The aim of which is to provide a platform for discussion and debate on localism in London and key legislative / policy changes / priorities that will affect them. We’ve also focused in the latter half of the event on housing from a policy, design and affordability perspective. More details will be announced next week to spread the message around the community sector.


We’re delighted that Lester Hillman is hosting the Great Fire of London talk and Tour on the 1st September. This recognises the 350th anniversary of the fire. We’re working on a Olympic Legacy event (more details to follow), we’ve got a APC in the diary for the end of September and we’re working on a Night Time economy event in October.

George Weeks organised a highly successful Waltham Forest cycle tour in early August. This looked at the Mini Holland cycle scheme which was delivered. Our thanks to him.

Planning Aid and RTPI changes

There have been a number of meetings / ones to come around the shape of both the RTPI at a national level and its relationship with the region and the shape of the future Planning Aid England service. The region is involved in these discussions.

Do you want to get involved next year?

The region is looking for a number of new volunteers to help shape our activities next year. These roles will be advertised at our Regional Activities Committee on the 21st September and formally appointed at our AGM in November. My September post will also detail some of these roles and what they involve. For more details please contact Lucy at

Other activities

I’m delighted that the region will be signing a diversity speaker pledge which is being developed by Future of London. This pledge will ensure that our events have speakers that reflect our membership, the subject and the public that we serve. Please let me know if you have any comments.

As ever there is lots going on. Please get in touch with any questions / suggestions.,uk


Andrew Dorrian (RTPI London Chair).

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