Future Challenges: Finding a Planning Balance
By Tristan Dewhurst
In the year that the RTPI celebrates 100 years of professional planning since its establishment, the Annual Young Planners’ conference will be hosted by the South West.
Following on from last year’s fantastic conference hosted in Leeds, the annual RTPI Young Planner’s 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 will look forward and consider the challenges of future-proofing our places for the communities and societies that will live in them.
Hosted within the M-Shed Museum, with spectacular views of the Bristol skyline and harbourside, the conference will take place across Friday 24th – Saturday 25th October. 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?
Four key issues have been identified for discussion across the one-and-a-half day conference: housing and population; infrastructure; environmental resilience and our planning systems.
These touch on the core debates raging in the planning profession, which ask how we should be ensuring we provide homes, power and efficient transport for our future, whilst ensuring our places are equipped to survive an increasingly volatile environment. The immediate nature of these issues has been astonishingly demonstrated by the recent storms and floods that have battered the south west.
The Conference will also host skills-focused seminars, and study tours of the best-practice in planning in the Bristol area. The traditional evening dinner will also be held in the Marriott Royal in Bristol.
The SWYP steering committee is currently working feverishly to ensure that this is a great accompaniment to the RTPI’s centenary. Keep your eyes peeled on Twitter and LinkedIn for further details of the programme and speakers as these are announced. Bookings will open in Summer 2014.