Where Now for Planning?

3 November. RTPI North East. Imperial Swallow Hotel, Jesmond, Newcastle.

This is an exciting, albeit challenging, time for planning and planners. The coalition government has embarked on a radical programme of reform of the planning system, including abolishing regional spatial strategies and absorbing the Infrastructure Planning Commission in the Planning Inspectorate. This event will explore the implications for local authorities and communities of the open source planning system.

Cost: £99; block bookings and season ticket rates available.

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Study Tour of Park Hill

5 November. RTPI-Chartered Institute of Housing Planning for Housing Network. Park Hill Estate, Sheffield.

Park Hill is Europe's largest listed building and is viewed as a residential building of architectural and sociological importance. Working with architects Studio Egret West, Hawkins Brown and Grant Associates, developer Urban Splash hopes to reignite the community and the original system-built complex into one of Sheffield's most desirable places. The coloured anodised panels that are a major feature of its new appearance are now visible from across the city. Park Hill's prominence means that it is one of Sheffield's most talked about projects and in early 2012 it will be a thriving place for people to live in. The tour, led by Urban Splash, will allow members to understand the background to this major refurbishment project, supported by English Heritage, and see current progress on site.

Cost: Free to network members.

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Development Economics

9 November. RTPI North West. Eversheds, Manchester.

This half-day workshop will look at development economics in the light of the recession and the newly refreshed approach of PPS4. It will explore the economic drivers of development and the increasing scrutiny that project viability is under, from first appraisals of development potential to value engineering of approved schemes.

The ongoing process of reappraisal of scheme viability will be examined and how this affects negotiations and approaches to planning developments. The workshop will include all forms of development including housing and the increasingly common practice of restructuring section 106 obligations and requirements to allow developments to proceed viably.

Cost: £45 + VAT; limited £20 tickets unemployed and students; half price tickets for retired members.

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