Inaugural National Planning Summit takes place

The inaugural National Planning Summit, organised by Planning, took place earlier this week.

It saw almost 200 delegates meet in central London to discuss the big issues facing planners today.

190 delegates attended the event, which took place on 1 April at the ILEC Conference Centre in London’s Earls Court.

Of these, 60 per cent were from the private sector and 40 per cent from the public sector. 45 per cent were from London and 55 per cent from outside London.

Speakers included Department for Communities and Local Government's chief planner, Steve Quartermain; shadow communities secretary the Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP; the Scottish Government’s minister for local government and planning, Derek Mackay MSP and University College London Bartlett professor of planning and regeneration, Sir Peter Hall.

The event proved popular on social media site Twitter. Just over 600 tweets were sent by 60 users, with Stroud District Council's Phil Skill winning the prize of an iPad mini as the best overall best twitter contributor.

Karen Brookes, built environment director at Planning's parent company Haymarket, said: "Our objective for running the National Planning Summit was all about creating an event that embodied Planning's core values: independent, agenda-setting, thought-provoking, analytical and insightful and focused on the issues that really matter to our users and readers.

"During the day, professional planners engaged in lively debate and discussion with developers, lawyers and consultants".

"You could feel the energy created from all this activity and that made it a thoroughly enjoyable day. I am already looking forward to the next event".

Estelle Dehon, barrister, Cornerstone Barristers, described the day as an "excellent cross-pollination between different areas of planning".

Steve Ingram, head of planning at Huntingdonshire District Council, said it was "a fundamental review of the state of the 'planning' world!"

For more details on the National Planning Summit please click here.

The headline sponsor of the event was David Lock Associates. Event partners were Savills, GVA, Pinsent Masons, Catalyst Housing and Border Archaeology. Networking partners were the Institute of Economic Development and Dutton Gregory.

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