Seminars

Can we grow food on the Green Belt?

London Talks Blog Post by Zach Jenson The Metropolitan Green Belt that surrounds London has always been host to some level of agricultural activity, but in recent years the discussion has intensified around how this land should be used, and whether increased food output should play a role. Is this the best use of the available land? If so, what is the most equitable and valuable way to do so? What kind… Read More

How Does Planning Deregulation Impact Neighbourhoods?

The deregulation of planning has often been touted as the way to get housing built and to make the economy vibrant, ‘We must free the market of needless red tape and liberate it from the vicelike grip of faceless grey bureaucrats’; or so the discourse goes. But what gets lost when we pursue deregulation? Is this always the best way forward to build the communities we want to have? In this London… Read More

London Talks Programme

London Talks Programme (PDF) London is experiencing important changes: the new London Plan, Brexit, the housing crisis, the proliferation of short-term letting and climate change. Many of these issues are not local to London or to the United Kingdom.  Cities across the world are experiencing pressure from increasing house prices, marked increases in short-term letting and the spectre of climate change. Our new seminar series London Talks creates a space to exchange knowledge… Read More

Are planners really the problem? Christine Whitehead presents at RTPI’s Annual Lecture

On November 8th Christine Whitehead gave the RTPI Nathanial Lichfield Annual Lecture on ‘Are planners really the problem?’ to an audience of more than 200 planners. Her presentation focused mainly on issues around new build. Organised in three parts, she spoke about the main barriers to delivery and how these relate to planning, described her experience with several initiatives with which she’s had direct involvement, and concluded with an answer to the… Read More

Challenges of Participation and Representation in Urban Development – Sarah Sackman, Barrister at Francis Taylor Building | Lent Term Seminar

On Monday March 19th, Sarah Sackman, barrister at Francis Taylor Building, talked about participation and representation in urban development. She gave an insight into how the law positions the role of public participation in the planning system. Click here to download the PPT presentation. Addressing the question: “How does the promise of public participation play in reality?”, she presented four claims: The ideal of participation is a disappointment; Public participation is profoundly… Read More

Planning for a Growing London – Alex Williams, Director of City Planning, TfL | Lent Term Seminar

On Monday, Alex Williams, Director of City Planning, Transport for London, gave a presentation on London’s transport strategy. Click here to download PPT presentation. Williams reminded the audience about the role of TfL and the responsibilities of this organisation, which has been around since 2000. Since its implementation, TfL has been an important stakeholder in London’s growth. Indeed, the organisation has expanded its network with several transport modes such as DLR, Santander… Read More

London’s housing challenge – Eloise Shepherd, London Councils | Lent Term Seminar

On Monday, Eloise Shepherd, Head of Housing and Planning Policy at London Councils gave a presentation on housing in London. Shepherd began her talk by noting that there has been a steady resurgence in the private rented sector (PRS) in London with PRS stock up by 50% in some boroughs. The increasing cost of housing overall alongside a diminishing stock of socially rented housing has led to problems with affordability with rents… Read More

Planning for the economy – Lynne Miles, ARUP | Lent Term Seminar

On Monday, Lynne Miles, Associate director of planning policy and economics at ARUP and Deputy Director of What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth gave a presentation on planning for the economy where she focused on the great disparity between London and other English cities. Click here to download the PPT presentation. London is over six times bigger than the next biggest city Birmingham. While different indicators suggest greater and lesser differences… Read More

Regeneration: community investment or social cleansing? – Emma Peters, RegenFirst | Lent Term Seminar

On Monday, Emma Peters, Director at RegenFirst, gave a talk on regeneration. Emma started with an introduction to regeneration, explaining the historic changes in policy and their implications. Click here to download the PPT presentation. Emma explained terms of housing finance such as CIL, S106, Housing Grants and cross subsidy.   She presented two regeneration projects to which RegenFirst has contributed: Grahame Park Funding Gap and developing an HRA Business Plan for… Read More

Strategic planning: what goes around, comes around – Catriona Riddell, Catriona Riddell & Associates | Lent Term Seminar

In 2010, with the abolition of regional strategies, the local level was left with “Duty to Cooperate” to establish local partnerships and joint actions. On Monday 5 February 2018, Catriona Riddell, former Director of Planning at the South East England Regional Assembly and now Director at Catriona Riddell & Associates, spoke about the evolution of planning since the removal of the regional tier in England. Click here to download PPT presentation slides…. Read More