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Wed 18/11/20, 9.45am–1pm
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Small schemes with cumulative local impact will form a vital area of London’s growth going forwards. This session will consider how best to approach such projects, looking at policy, practice and borough approaches.

Speakers include:

  • Rosie Evered, Senior Project Officer - Small Sites Programme, Housing and Land, GLA
  • Plan Making team, LB Croydon
  • Rachel Jones, Urban Designer and Robin Oliver, New Homes and Housing Delivery Lead, RBK
  • Stephen Taylor, Director, Stephen Taylor Architects
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Thu 03/12/20, Half Day AM
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Looking at what quality and design mean in the London Plan and how these policies relate to proposed changes at the national level following the National Design Guide and White Paper’

Tue 12/01/21, Half Day
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We will consider how to use assessments to help us deal with the climate emergency and threat to biodiversity.

Thu 11/02/21, Full Day
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Looking at how we can make the best use of resources and minimise impact on our environment. This session will discuss the use of materials and products.

Tue 23/02/21, Full Day
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Planning as a profession is rooted in the promotion of public health. We will look at how today’s planners can help tackle current health issues.

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Thu 18/03/21, Full Day
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These are a type of development that can require particular design and planning skills. This session will discuss how to consider and manage tall building proposals.
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Mon 12/10/20, 9.30am–1.20pm
Related Events: Planning Housing Streets

This is the first event in our 4-part Urban Challenge initiative through which we hope to highlight and support ideas to change the way we design, manage our built environment.

Our key-note speakers will set out the main urban challenges facing us as we emerge from the Covid era.

We will also hear about new research and evidence explaining how we used urban areas during lockdown and our attitudes to the buildings and places around us. 

Lastly, we will introduce our challenge groups – which will develop and test ideas over the course of this initiative.  There will be 4 groups looking at town centres, living local, buildings and city structures.


Philip Graham, GLA

Alex Williams, TfL

Joanna  Averley, MHCLG

Scene Setters

David Christie, TfL

Prof. Matthew Carmona, UCL

Ben Page, Ipsos MORI

Fanny Blanc, LSE

Prof. Ken Gibb, UK Collaborative Centre for Housing

Max Farrell, LDN Collective

If you are not a member and wish to attend please email us to reserve your place.

Past Event

Wed 30/09/20, 2–4.30pm
Related Events: Planning

An opportunity to discuss the implications of the White Paper: Planning for the Future


14.00 Welcome

14.10 Introducing the White Paper’s design & placemaking approach - Jennifer Thomas, MHCLG

14.30 Responses

  • Nicholas Boys Smith, Create Streets
  • Matthew Carmona, UCL
  • Samuel Hughes, Policy Exchange
  • Heather Cheesbrough – LB Croydon
  • Deborah Denner, Frame Projects

15.15 Comfort break

15.30 A new Design Body – Panel Discussions

  • Sue Morgan, Design Council
  • Christopher Martin, Urban Design Group
  • Julie Tanner, Design Network
  • Matthew Carmona, Place Alliance

If you are not a member, please email us to reserve a place.

Past Event

Tue 29/09/20, Half day PM, 2–4.30pm
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An opportunity to discuss the implications of the White Paper: Planning for the Future for London

Speakers Include: 

  • Sarah Bevan, London First
  • Duncan Bowie, UCL
  • Neeru Kareer, LB Barnet
  • Ben Southwood, Policy Exchange 
  • Lisa Fairmaner, GLA 

Past Event

Tue 15/09/20, 9:30 - 12:00
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An important part of pro-active planning, as promoted in the recent Government Planning White Paper. We will consider how to create appraisals that have real impact and could help you with future zoning work. 

Speakers include:

• Fabrizio Matillana, LB Enfield

• Hugo Nowell, Director, Urban Initiative Studio
• Jane Manning, Director, Allies and Morrison
• Jon Herbert, Director, Troy Planning + Design
• Rachel Jones, LB Kingston

Past Event

Thu 11/06/20, 10am–1pm
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Two vital skills for planners, this popular session will cover the fundamentals of negotiation and how to get consistent benefits from viability assessments. A must for everyone in the built environment.


Simon Horton, Negotiation Mastery


Getting Your Win

Stepping Into Their Shoes

Dealing With Deadlock

Complex, Multi-Party, Dynamic Negotiations.

Past Event

Thu 21/05/20
Related Events: Planning

Discussing what planning in London should be aiming to achieve and how this chimes with national and/or local objectives.

Speakers Include:

o    Andy Higham, LB Enfield

o    Jonathan Wade , Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

o    Nick Calder, LB Wandsworth

o    Kathy MacEwen, UDL

o    Mathew White, Herbert Smith Freehills

Past Event

Thu 14/05/20, 10:00 - 11:00 + 14:00 - 16:15
Related Events: Planning

A fascinating look back into how our city has developed, while learning lessons for how we plan for the future.

Speakers Include:

  • Population history of London, urban mortality, including plague, and its social impact, Vanessa Harding, Birkbeck University
  • Layers of London: project information, plus the history of medieval and early modern London (1300-1700), Matthew Davies, Birkbeck University
  • How transport hubs developed and support London’s expansion,  Edmund Bird, TfL
Past Event

Tue 21/04/20, Half Day
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Considering ways to set out how many new homes will be needed in an area and how to help ensure these will be delivered.

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