Join us to discuss how the planning system can help to tackle poverty and inequality, and to more broadly contribute to creating socially inclusive communities.


The planning system was set up to ensure that everyone had access to a good home in a healthy, thriving community. Today this is under threat. 

Through our Planning for Inclusive Communities in London project, supported by Trust for London, the TCPA is exploring the effectiveness of the planning policy framework in London in contributing to delivering inclusive communities. The TCPA is developing a programme of training and engagement events with community and voluntary sector groups and with the public sector on the potential of the planning system to create sustainable, diverse and fair communities in London.

At this interim stage in the project, the purpose of this summit event is to share the emerging findings of our research, bring a range of stakeholders together to collectively explore the multiple links between planning and social inclusion, and to invite input into shaping the next stages of this project.


Draft agenda

12:30 Arrival and registrations (sandwich lunch available)

13:00 Welcome and introductions 

Derek Hooper, Chair

Session 1: 'Planning for Inclusive Communities in London' 

13:05 Introduction to the project and the emerging research findings

Hugh Ellis, Town and Country Planning Association

Laura Heykoop, Town and Country Planning Association

Koen Rutten, Town and Country Planning Association

Session 2: Exploring the multiple dimensions of inclusive planning

13:25 Presentations from and discussions with:

Derek Hooper (moderator)

Matt Scott, Thames Ward Community Project

Priya Shah, BAME in Property

Julie Plichon, London Borough of Islington

Celia Golden and Danalee Edmund, London Borough of Hounslow

14:25 Tea and coffee break (with interactive boards)

Session 3: Towards more inclusive planning processes and outcomes?

14:50 Presentations from and discussions with:

Derek Hooper (moderator)

Robin Brown, Just Space

Flora Walker, Southwark Law Centre

Pooja Agrawal, Greater London Authority and Public Practice

Christine Goodall, HEAR Equality and Human Rights Network

Paul Lewin, London Borough of Brent

15:50 Next steps

16:00 Close


What to expect

  • An update on the Planning for Inclusive Communities in London project, with discussion on emerging findings, work under development and next steps
  • Panel discussions exploring the multiple dimensions of inclusive planning from different stakeholder perspectives
  • Lots of opportunity for audience participation in discussions
  • Opportunities to feed into the shaping of community focused and public sector focused resources, and to feed into shaping the upcoming programme of training and engagement events
  • Networking with local government, community and voluntary sector groups, and others involved in community development and the built environment

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