Ken Livingstone to talk at planning conference in Bristol

Issue date: 08 October 2009

University of the West of England 10th Bristol Planning and Law Policy Conference, Thursday 26 November 2009 : Bristol Marriott City Centre Hotel, Bristol

Ken Livingstone will give the after dinner speech at the 10th Bristol Planning Law and Policy Conference on 26 November 2009.

The annual Conference is a joint collaboration between the University of the West of England, Property Consultancy King Sturge and Solicitors Clarke Willmott. This year's theme will be 'Ten Years of Planning – two steps forward, one step back?' The controversial title of the Conference reflects current debates about whether recent changes to the planning system have been successful.

Chaired by Sandra Manley from UWE, the Conference will be of interest to anyone working in planning in local authorities and the private sector, lawyers, surveyors, valuers, architects, and related fields.

In recognition of the significant impact of the recession, there are a range of concessionary rates to make this Conference accessible to as many people as possible. Discounts for early bird bookings are available up to 26 October 2009, with a special rate for delegates from local authorities, details of which are available on the Conference website.

Those who have experienced recent redundancy may be eligible for funding help and in some cases free places at the Conference from the Enterprise Training Voucher Scheme. For details of this scheme, please see or contact Tan Moore for advice on how to proceed to take up this excellent opportunity.

Sandra Manley said, “We are delighted to welcome Ken Livingstone as our after dinner speaker. I'm sure he will be an entertaining and informative highlight at a conference that aims to bring together professionals involved in all aspects of the planning agenda. I am also very pleased that the newly appointed Dean of the Faculty of Environment and Technology at University of the West of England, Paul Olomolaiye, will give a summary of the day's events, underlining the strong links between the professional and academic planning sectors.”

The Conference has, for the last 10 years, provided an excellent opportunity to meet and hear the views of experts in the field of planning, development and law and to exchange ideas with other practitioners. This year's event will continue that tradition, at a time when the planning world, perhaps more than ever before, needs to keep on its toes.

Neil Baker, Head of Planning & Environmental at Clarke Willmott said, “This year's Conference will look at changes in planning over the last ten years as well as looking forward to planning in better times as the development industry leaves the recession behind.”

Main papers include:

A lasting settlement for planning under the conservatives – Bob Neill, MP, Shadow Minister for Local Government

The economy post credit crunch and recession – where next for development? – Dr Angus McIntosh, Partner – Head of Research, King Sturge LLP

Bristol – a journey from planning blues to green capital – George Ferguson, Chairman, Ferguson Mann Architects

Town cramming to town planning – PPG3 to eco-towns – David Lock of David Lock Associates

A legal perspective on recent developments -
Peter Goatley and Christopher Young, No 5 Chambers

The afternoon workshops will include:

Lee Bray, Head of Community Regeneration, South Hams District Council - Local development frameworks and community involvement

Myles Kidd, Managing Consultant, Atkins Ltd - Encouraging sustainable travel

Dr Claire Holman, LLP Director and Jonathan Reed, Director of Water Management, Peter Brett Assocs. - Planning for climate change – the next ten years

Chris Dadds, Associate – Development Proposals, Baker Associates – Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments – delivering housing?

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