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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Planning for Northern People and Places

‘Planning for Northern People and Places’ is a major conference hosted by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) in partnership with IPPR North.

In 2016, we published a Blueprint for a Great North Plan which built on 12 months of research and consultation with stakeholders across the North. It described how, with its focus on people and places, spatial planning could ensure that pan-Northern strategies  improve places and quality of life across all of the North’s cities, towns and villages.

Over the last 12 months, RTPI has been working with the University of Newcastle and Peter Brett Associates to develop a set of shared ambitions to advance strategic planning and governance across the North, which:

  • promote co-operation beyond traditional boundaries
  • create a joined-up approach that helps Northern towns, cities and rural areas develop sustainably
  • ensures that prosperity generated by the Northern Powerhouse is shared as widely as possible, not just in the key cities

This conference will showcase a range of high-profile speakers including a keynote speech by Lord Michael Heseltine, to launch the RTPI’s ambitions for transforming spatial planning in the North.

Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Sarah Davies, Northern Powerhouse Strategic Lead at the Environment Agency
  • Edna Robinson, Chair of the People’s Powerhouse
  • Tim Foster, Transport for the North and overseeing the refresh of the NIER
  • Celia Wong, University of Manchester
  • Sarah Longlands, Director of IPPR North
  • Keith Mitchell, Chairman of Peter Brett Associates

Time: Thursday 30th May at 12:30pm, ending at 4:00pm

Location: Addleshaw Goddard, 3 Sovereign Square, Sovereign Street, Leeds
LS1 4ER 

Places are limited, so please register here to attend.