Following the success of our summer social, South West Young Planners are delighted to invite you to join us in for our Christmas Social. The event, generously sponsored by Beach Baker Recruitment, will kick off the festive season on Wednesday 2nd December 2015 at Zerodegrees in Bristol.

Tickets can be bought from the link here. They are strictly limited so book early to avoid disappointment!

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FREE CPD EVENT – Planning for Smart Cities – 24th November 2015

Growth in digital technologies and innovative ways of using data has stimulated a large area of research into Smart City initiatives. The South West Young Planners are excited to invite you to a CPD seminar focusing on the smart city movement and new ideas for city development that impact upon our work as young planners.

Speakers include:

  • David Ludlow, Manager – European Urban Research, University of the West of England
  • Neil Bromwich, Partner – Osborne Clarke
  • Stephen Hilton, Director – Bristol Futures, Bristol City Council

The event will take place on the 24th November at 6pm, at the Engine Shed, Station Approach, near to Temple Meads. Further details can be found HERE.

If you would like to reserve a place please email us at ypsouthwest@gmail.com!

Please join us for our free CPD seminar focusing on approaches to inclusive and sustainable transport design. The event will be held in the Terence O’Rourke offices in Bournemouth on Tuesday 17th November 2015 at 6pm.

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FREE STUDY TOUR – Planning for an Arena – Wednesday 11th November 2015

You are invited to join our free study tour of the site of the forthcoming Bristol Arena! The event will be held from 3pm – 6pm on Wednesday 11th November, starting at the Homes and Communities Agency, Temple Quay.

Places are strictly limited so please email ypsouthwest@gmail.com by Friday 6th November 2015 to reserve your place.

Attendance at this training event is free and will provide 3 hours of CPD time. The event will include:

  • A study tour of the site for Bristol’s new 12,000-capacity arena, including an opportunity to be one of the first to walk over the first new road bridge in Bristol for over 100 years!
  • Presentations from key partners involved in planning for the arena
  • Question and Answers Session
  • Networking, socialising and refreshments

Further details can be found here – Arena Tour Flyer


FREE SWYP event: Viability in the development process 24.03.15

Date: Tuesday 24th March 2015

Time: 6-8pm (6.30 start)

Location: Bilfinger GVA, St Catherine’s Court, Berkeley Place, Bristol BS8 1BQ

This CPD session is designed to provide an introduction to viability in the development process. The session will provide both a private sector/ developer perspective as well as an understanding of the role of viability in the determination of planning appeals. We are excited to have secured the following speakers for this session: Nigel Payne, PINS Principal Planning Inspector Jo Davis, Bilfinger GVA Regional Senior Director, Planning Development and Regeneration Gordon Isgrove, Bilfinger GVA Director, Land and Development   Please feel free to circulate details of this event to colleagues who you think might be interested.

To book a place please email ypsouthwest@gmail.com

Thursday 19th March 2015: RTPI APC presentation and workshop

Time: 6-8pm

Location: PINS, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN

This session will be a perfect opportunity to hear about upcoming changes in the APC process which will come into play later in the year, as well as an ideal refresher for people looking to submit in the coming months. The session will include a presentation from the RTPI followed by a workshop and Q&A session.

Drinks and nibbles will also be provided!

This event is kindly sponsored by Beach Baker Property Recruitment

To book a place please email ypsouthwest@gmail.com

SWYP Pub Quiz, 4 March 2015 7pm

The SWYP Steering Group is pleased to invite you to the first SWYP Pub Quiz of the year!

Details set out below:

Date: Wednesday 4th March

At: Big Chill Bar, 15 Small Street, Bristol BS1 1DE

Time: 7pm

There is a £2 entry fee; all funds raised to go to charity (SWYP Charity of the Year to be confirmed – suggestions welcome…)

Please email ypsouthwest@gmail.com to register you team (4-6 people) or yourself (you can then join a team on the day); looking forward to seeing you there!

FREE SWYP CPD Event – Neighbourhood Planning

Subject: Neighbourhood Planning

Date: Thursday 26th February

Time: Arrival and networking from 6pm with drinks and nibbles. event start at 6:30pm

Location: Committee Suite, Borough of Poole, Civic Centre, Poole, BH15 2RU

Parking: Pay and display parking is available directly adjacent to the Civic Centre


About the event

National Planning Practice Guidance outlines that Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure that they get the right types of development for their community where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area.

The Neighbourhood Plan movement continues to grow within the UK. According to the Department for Communities and Local Government, as of April 2014:

  • Around 1,000 communities have taken the first formal steps towards producing a neighbourhood development plan
  • 80 full draft plans have been produced for consultation
  • 13 Neighbourhood Plans have been passed at community referendums

It is clear therefore that Neighbourhood planning is and will become an important consideration in the determination of many planning applications and development proposals going forward.

The FREE CPD event will comprise of a series of presentations from Neighbourhood Plan groups within Dorset, who will share their experiences of the Neighbourhood Plan process, including:

  •  What drove their desire to produce Neighbourhood Plan
  • Focus of the Neighbourhood Plan and what policies are included
  • What process they went / are going through to produce the Neighbourhood Plan
  • What challenges they have / or are being faced, and how these were overcome
  • Lessons learnt through the process
  • Thoughts on Neighbourhood Planning and it’s effectiveness as a planning tool to shape local communities

There will be an opportunity following each presentation for Q+A.

 The event will also provide an excellent opportunity for networking with fellow Young Planners. Drinks and nibbles will be served from 6pm prior to the event starting.

To book a place please email ypsouthwest@gmail.com.

SWYP APC pre-submission workshop – 8th Jan 2015

The SWYP Steering Group is delighted to invite a small group of Licentiates to take part in an APC session delivered by David Lowin, Head of Planning at WYG and APC Assessor. The session is limited to 11 people, and is designed to assist APC candidates looking to submit on 15th January with finalising their submission and answering any last minute questions. Priority will therefore be given to those trying to make the January deadline, however do email if you are interested in attending and working to a later submission as there may be spare spaces left.

Event details are set out below:

  • Date – Thursday 8th January 2015
  • Time – 6pm to 6.30pm start
  • Venue – WYG, Ropemaker Court, 11-12 Lower Park Row, Bristol BS1 5BN

To book a space please email ypsouthwest@gmail.com.