London Young Planners' Conference 2012 - Planning: Striking a Balance

The national Royal Town Planning Institute Young Planners' Conference, which this year is taking place in London on Friday 26 to Saturday 27 October, is a key event in the institute's events calendar.

The event allows young planners to come together to discuss current planning issues around the theme of the central challenge of striking a balance between diverse and competing interests, particularly in light of the government's recent changes to the planning system. The highly regarded conference enables participants to learn about and debate critical topics that are relevant to planners and other professionals within the wider built environment community.

Fittingly, in what is a hugely exciting year for London, the 2012 conference will be hosted at the Royal Institute of British Architect's offices at 66 Portland Place - a prime, central location close to Oxford Circus and within walking distance of a number of key railway stations.

Building on the success of last year's Young Planners' Conference in Birmingham, the event will feature speakers from a number of sectors and organisations, who will provide insights from planning and related built environment disciplines. There will also be opportunities over the two-day event for study visits to key development sites in London. Potential tours include those taking in the City of London, Canary Wharf and the Royal Docks as well as the venues and neighbourhoods that will, by then, have hosted the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The conference will include a number of workshops, which will provide another chance to hear expert speakers and will cover a range of topics to meet the varying interests of attendees. The overall event will be a genuinely low-cost opportunity for continuing professional development, and will provide various ways to gain or enhance planning skills and knowledge through an interesting and enjoyable event.

A number of social activities are planned to support the main conference. These optional events, which will take place on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 October in central London locations, will provide a great way of informally networking with fellow built environment colleagues.

Further details on booking and the programme will follow shortly. In addition, the conference team are developing information on travel and recommended accommodation, alongside additional events happening in and around the conference that will make your visit to London a hugely enjoyable experience.

There are still opportunities to sponsor this highly successful and popular event, which hosts a growing numbers of delegates each year from a range of public and private sector organisations. Given that the conference is being held in central London, where many major firms and organisations employing potential attendees are based, and the ease of accessibility from areas outside the city, the turnout for this year's event is anticipated to be excellent. A range of sponsorship packages are available. For more details on these and the benefits that they could bring to your organisation, please contact Charlotte Morphet at

If you would like to be part of this event, please visit the website at, search on Facebook and Twitter (@RTPIYPs) and watch out for further news articles in Planning and on the RTPI website.

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