The 2011 Young Planners' Conference is coming to Birmingham on 21-22 October. The city is the perfect setting to discuss the theme of "Planning for Growth" given the scale of regeneration that it has seen over the past two decades, for example with Brindleyplace and the Bullring shopping centre.
Birmingham's regeneration continues today, driven by a masterplan led by Waheed Nazir, director of planning and regeneration at the city council, who will speak at the event.
This plan, described as "the most ambitious, far-reaching development project in the UK", seeks to define how more than 800ha of city centre land will be developed and used.
Some significant projects lie at the heart of Birmingham's ongoing transformation. The redevelopment of New Street Station, alongside the proposed construction of a high-speed rail link, will be key to providing sustainable access. The Library of Birmingham and the Rep Theatre will offer a valuable centre for knowledge and learning.
The event will look at these and other schemes in depth. Delegates will also be able to experience planning and regeneration on the ground with visits to the library construction site and the former car plant site at Longbridge.
Speakers include Steve Quartermain, chief planner at the Department for Communities and Local Government, Hugh Ellis, chief planner at the Town and Country Planning Association, and Trudi Elliott, chief executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Maria Dunn is senior forward planning officer at Wyre Forest District Council and a member of the YPwestmids conference organising group. For more details on the event, visit www.rtpi.org.uk/ypconference or email firstname.lastname@example.org.