RTPI Young Planners Conference 2014

Bristol 2014: Future Challenges: Finding a Planning Balance

In the year that the RTPI celebrates 100 years of professional planning since its
YPC Brochure Coverestablishment, the annual Young Planners’ Conference will be hosted by the South West Young Planners in Bristol. With the Institute’s Centenary year providing a time for reflection, this year’s conference, generously headline sponsored by Atkins and Turley, will welcome over 200 young planners to look ahead and consider the challenges of future-proofing our communities.

Hosted within the state-of-the-art M-Shed Museum, with spectacular views of the Bristol skyline and harbour-side, the conference will take place Friday 24 – Saturday 25 October 2014. Young planning professionals from across the UK will gather and be challenged to question if, and how, town and country planning can achieve a balance for the future by considering four key areas:

  • Housing and Population Growth:

Housing growth is a perennial concern for planners at all scales. Domestic population migration continues to challenge the future of both expanding settlements and urban areas of population decline. This session considers radical solutions, such as Garden Cities, and asks how planners should accommodate a shifting populace in future.

  • Infrastructure Challenge:

We are today faced with imminent infrastructure challenges. Ageing power infrastructure and potentially overcrowded transit systems force us to ask how we make new provision to provide these vital services. This session asks, what do we need to do to ensure that the lights stay on and that people keep moving?

  • Environmental Resilience:

The increasingly perceptible impacts of climate-change, environmental and resource management pose a considerable challenge for both new development and our established settlements. This session will question how far we need to, and to what extent we can, mitigate the environmental impact of development, and its consequences for our cities?

  • Reassessing our Systems:

Recent scrutiny of the planning systems in the UK and Ireland has regularly raised their efficiency, flexibility and purpose into question. Given the scale of the challenges and change that our future presents us, this session asks, are our planning systems fit-for-purpose? Are their processes equipped to deliver the solutions needed?

The conference will also incorporate workshops and study tours, providing opportunities for young planners to enhance their practical skills and experience some of the best practice which Bristol and the West of England have to offer. An informal drinks reception will be held on the Thursday evening to welcome early arrivals to the city and to launch the two-day event. A formal dinner and social will also be held on the Friday at the stately Marriott Royal Hotel.

Speakers confirmed so far are:

David Cowans, Chief Executive, Places for People & Wolfson Economic Prize Judge 2014

Julia Dean, MetroBus and MetroWest Communications Manager, The West of England Partnership

Trudi Elliott CBE, Chief Executive, RTPI

Dr Hugh Ellis, Head of Policy, TCPA

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol

Zoë Green, Senior Planning Consultant, Atkins and Young Planner of the Year

Rachael Hill, National Flood and Coast Risk Manager, The Environment Agency

Gerry Hughes, National Head of Planning, GVA

Paula Hirst, Founding Director, Disruptive Urbanism & Executive Director of Integrated City Systems at Future Cities Catapult

Jon Kirkpatrick, Head of Sustainability, Lend Lease

Tim Norwood, Chief Planner, EDF

Cath Ranson, RTPI President

Dr Sandra Rothwell, Head of Economic Development, Cornwall Council

Jackie Sadek, Chief Executive, UK Regeneration

Angus Walker, Partner, Bircham Dyson Bell

David Warburton, Head of Area, Homes and Communities Agency

Amy Willoughby, Co-Founder, Plotgate Farm

Venue: M-Shed Bristol
Date: Friday 24 – Saturday 25 October

Pre-Convention Reception at the Shore Bar, Bristol Hotel
Date: Thursday 23 October

Formal Dinner Dance at the Marriott Royal Hotel, Bristol
Date: Friday 24 October

For further information please click here to view the Young Planner’s Conference brochure


The early bird rate for the conference, workshops and study tours is £99 + VAT

The dinner dance tickets are £35 + VAT each.

To book:

For the conference
For the dinner/dance

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Twitter: #YPCSW14
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