The government wants to create beautiful new places that are enduringly successful, and in the Planning White Paper proposes the most fundamental reforms to the English planning system in a generation in order to achieve this.  

Following the Covid lock-down, there is widespread agreement that the quality of the places in which we all live is vitally important to health, wellbeing and economic success. However, there is much less agreement about whether the proposals in the White Paper will achieve the high-quality places communities want and need.

The TCPA’s annual conference provides a unique opportunity to hear a range of views about whether the radical changes to planning set out in the White Paper really could lead to the creation of beautiful, thriving places that will help level up communities across England. It will also consider how the planning system can help ensure that the places built today will be funded and managed to ensure that they mature into successful, cared-for cities, towns and villages that people will want to live in for generations to come.

The TCPA’s annual conference is essential for councillors, developers, consultants, business leaders, senior council officers, community groups, architects and designers, and anyone who is interested in the future prosperity of England.

Session 1: Planning reform and the Planning White Paper


10:00   Welcome from the Chair

Mary Parsons, TCPA Chair and Director of Partnerships & Regeneration at Lovell Partnerships Ltd


10:10   Keynote address

Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (invited)  


10:30   Q&A


10:45   Labour’s response to the proposed planning reforms

Thangam Debbonaire MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Housing (invited)


11:00   An alternative vision for planning reform

Julia Foster, Managing Partner, David Lock Associates (invited)


11:15   Will the Government’s Planning White Paper secure a better quality of life for our communities?

Prof. Sadie Morgan OBE, Chair, Quality of Life Foundation; Founding Director, dRMM


11:30   Q&A


12:00 – 12:45  Break


Session 2: Securing long term commitment to places


12:45   The Heart of the Matter: Emerging lessons on long-term stewardship

Katy Lock, Director, Communities & Project Delivery (FJ Osborn Fellow)


13:00   Stewardship in new Garden Communities

Speaker to be confirmed


13:15   Q&A


13:30    Implementing stewardship in practice – models for safeguarding the future

David Alcock, Partner, Anthony Collins Solicitors and Mark Patchett, Consultant 


13:45   Investing in the legacy of greenspace         

Speaker to be confirmed


14:00   Q&A


14:15   Close

Prices: £75+vat for TCPA Members; £150+vat for non-members; FREE for the first 50 TCPA Student Members.

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