September Chairs Update: RTPI London

Dear All,

Please find below an update on RTPI London activities.

This month started with a bang, with a brilliant talk and tour of the city of London exploring some of the sites which were impacted by the Great Fire of London. The event which coincided with the Great Fire’s 350th anniversary was led by our very own Lester Hillman. We managed to host the presentation at Boltoph Lane which was a stones throw from Thomas Farriner’s famous bakery on Pudding Lane and some of the churches that were rebuilt, paid for through coal taxes.


Planners exploring the sites of the Great Fire of London

We have busy putting the finishing touches to our Planning Aid Community Planning Afternoon and our Planning Summit.

Planning Aid England #CommunityPlanning Afternoon, 6th October 2016. 2pm-5pm Resource for London, N7 6PA

Cost: Free.  :

RTPI London and Planning Aid England (PAE) has joined forces with Locality to develop a free Community Planning Afternoon which will look at the new policy and legislation emerging from Central Government and the Mayor and how this will impact on community planning groups with a particular focus on housing policy and design. This event is aimed  primarily at community groups that are interested/engaged community/neighbourhood planning, but would also be of relevance to professional planners wishing to find out more about community planning in London,

Key areas we will be covering.

  • Sharing success stories and best practice tips from Localism and Neighbourhood Areas across London
  • What does the new legislation in the Housing & Planning Act and future legislation mean for Localism together with London wide policy changes?
  • Updates on Housing policy, the affordability agenda and design together with a review of writing housing policies
  • What support is available to Neighbourhood Forums and community planning groups?
  • Future community and Planning Aid events

The event is free but registration is essential. To book go to:

RTPI London Planning Summit – To 2020 and Beyond: ‘A fairer and more affordable city’ – a challenge for London PlannersCoin Street, 27 October 2016 8.30am-5pm:

BREAKING NEWS:  James Murray, Deputy Mayor, Housing and Residential Development has just agreed to deliver the keynote speech alongside Phil Williams, RTPI President.  The summit focuses on the fairer and more affordable city, how as planners can we achieve this and ensure all Londoners benefit from the city’s prosperity. Hear from the Deputy Mayor about the route plan to 50% genuinely affordable homes, response to starter homes and right to buy, the plan to unlock surplus land, building capacity within the public sector & developing skills and capacity in the construction sector,

With support from Bidwells, Osborne Richardson and BDP this event has attracted a range of top speakers including  John Lett, Strategic Planning Manager, GLA, Alex Williams, Director or Borough Planning, TfL, Lisa Taylor Director Future of London, Peter Village, 39 Essex Chambers, Mairead Carroll, National Housing Federation and more. All speakers will be grappling with the planning priorities we published in February asking how the Mayor can deliver on these priorities.

For more information and to book please visit,

APC, 11th October, Palestra, 197 Blackfriars Road, 6.30pm-8.00pm

Due to popular demand we are re running our Assessment of Professional Competence session on the 11th October at Palestra. Look out for a booking link.

Other events

21st Century Cities, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, 11 October 12:00-3:30pm (Kensington Town Hall)

How cities will be transformed by technology and innovation is the theme of a series of short talks hosted by Kensington and Chelsea’s Planning Department as part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s 21st-century-cities
Celebration of Science event. 21st Century Cities offers a positive upbeat look at how cities will embrace innovation. The event will be split into two sessions. The first will look at ‘smart cities’ and how technology will change the way our cities are built an
d function. The second theme relates to ‘sustainable cities’ focusing on how cites can be less carbon intensive in the future.

Please see the flyer  for more information.

2017 Business Planning

The region is recruiting volunteers for 2017 which will be elected onto our committee at our AGM on the 16th  November. Please do pass this message on if you know of any volunteers that would be interested in getting involved. We can circulate more details to them in due course.

Please get in touch with any questions / suggestions.,uk

Kind Regards,

Andrew Dorrian (Chair)

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