With changing demographics, digital technologies and a new globalisation, plus the substantial and urgent impact of a climate emergency, we know how we live, work, move around, shop and learn is changing. This, in turn, is already having profound impacts on how we plan and develop places and communities. All of which poses challenges, such as the future of our high streets, but also opportunities for people involved in shaping places.

The TCPA’s 2019 Annual Conference, 'Facing the Future', will draw on the key drivers of change and consider what this means for how people are planning new and renewed communities, and how that may need to continue to evolve in the future. It will draw on examples of innovative approaches that are embracing new technology, utilising data and responding to the huge challenge posed by climate change. Importantly, it will be an opportunity to reflect on how such approaches can enhance people’s lives, so that in embracing new technology or approaches we do not lose sight of the importance of building and renewing communities, rather than just buildings.

The conference will include speakers from a wide range of bodies including Professor Alan Penn, Chief Scientific Adviser, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government; Tom Bloxham MBE, Chairman, Urban Splash; Konishi Kenta, Chief Executive Officer, Sekisui House UK Ltd; John Quinton-Barber, Group Chief Executive, Social Communications; Harpreet Aujla, Planning Caseworker, Southwark Law Centre; and Dr Hugh Ellis, Head of Policy, TCPA. Further speakers to be announced.

This conference is vital for all those involved in the renewal or creation of communities: councillors, policy makers, developers, housebuilders, planners, consultants, urban designers, academics, architects, landscape architects, community activists – and anyone else who wants to help forge a consensus about the way we shape the country for the common good.                           

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Draft Agenda:

 

10.00   Registration and networking

            Tea & coffee available

 

10.45   Welcome and introduction from the Chair

            Mary Parsons, Chair, TCPA; and Group Director Placemaking and Regeneration, Places for People

 

Session 1: What will the future hold?

 

10.50   Keynote address - Key drivers of change

            Professor Alan Penn, Chief Scientific Adviser, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

 

11.15   The future of housing design

            Tom Bloxham MBE, Chairman, Urban Splash and Konishi Kenta, Chief Executive Officer, Sekisui House UK Ltd

 

11.35   Questions & discussion with the audience

 

11.40   The threat posed by climate change

            Dr Hugh Ellis, Head of Policy, TCPA

 

12.00   Questions & discussion with the audience

 

12.15   Lunch Break

 

Session 2: Planning to embrace change

 

13.15   Digital technologies in planning

            Dr Rick Robinson, Digital Property and Cities Leader, Arup (invited)

 

13.35   Planning later living communities

            Eugene Marchese, Director of Innovation & Design, Guild Living (invited)

 

13.55   Recognising the long-term commitment to place - smart tech and stewardship

            Chris Langdon, Development and Investment Director, Engie Places & Communities (invited)

 

14.15   Questions & discussion with the audience

 

14.30   Tea & Coffee Break

 

Session 3: Supporting communities to embrace change

 

15.00   Engaging people through new technology

            John Quinton-Barber, Group Chief Executive, Social Communications

 

15.20   Planning Voice Project - supporting communities to influence future change

            Harpreet Aujla, Planning Caseworker, Southwark Law Centre

 

15.40   Creating and sustaining strong communities

            Radhika Bynon, Director of Programmes, The Young Foundation (invited)

 

16.00   Questions & discussion with the audience

 

16.25   Conclusions from the Chair

            Mary Parsons, Chair, TCPA; and Group Director Placemaking and Regeneration, Places for People

 

16:30   Conference finishes


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