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The TCPA Annual Conference 2023: Tackling the climate crisis – maximising the potential of planning and placemaking

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23rd November, 2023 : 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Regents University, London

Extreme climate events and record-breaking temperatures throughout 2023 bring to life the devastating consequences to communities and the environment of a changing climate. These risks no longer represent distant and future challenges, but the climate conditions we now live with, and must be prioritised today. This conference will:

  • Stock take current challenges and barriers to achieving net zero, climate resilient places and communities
  • Investigate the role of planning in delivering urgent strategies to deliver net zero
  • Look to the future – consider the radical changes required to build safe, adaptable and resilient places in a changing climate

We are grateful for the support of AECOM and Amos Ellis Consulting.

Draft agenda

10:00Registration and Networking – Tea and coffee available 

Session 1: A renewed sense of urgency 

10:30  Welcome and Introduction from Chair  
Andrew Pritchard, Chair of the TCPA
10:35 Opening keynote:
Kerry McCarthy MP, Shadow Climate Change Minister
10:50 Q&A 
11:00 Fiona Simpson, Chief Planner, Scottish Government
11:15 Joanna Averley, Chief Planner, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Regeneration
11:30 Q&A 
11:45Judy Ling Wong CBE, Honorary Chair of the Black Environment Network
12:00 Q&A and discussion 

12: 15 – 13:00 Lunch and networking

Session 2: Working towards net zero

13:00 Welcome back from Chair  
Andrew Pritchard, Chair of the TCPA
13:05 Securing ambitious local plan policies – Facilitated discussion and Q&A:
Diane Neville, Principal Planning Policy Officer, Lancaster City Council
Cllr Mike Rigby, Lead Member for Transport and Digital, Somerset Council
13:35 The judicial review of DLUHC in relation to the Salt Cross Area Action – what does it mean for planning for climate change?
Ricardo Gama, Senior Associate Solicitor, Leigh Day
13:50 Q&A 
14:00National infrastructure to support a low carbon and resilient economy
Margaret Read, Director of Policy, National Infrastructure Commission
14:20 Tea, coffee and networking 

Session 3: Creating resilient places 

14:40Welcome back from Chair  
Fiona Howie, Chief Executive, TCPA
14:45Reframing the narrative of the 15-minute city: shaping healthier and sustainable communities
Elad Eisenstein, Director City Master planning and Urban Design, AECOM UK
15:05Facilitated discussion and Q&A:  
Ben Llewellyn, Environment, Planning and Engagement Manager for London, Environment Agency 
Tim Munday, Environmental Resilience Lead for the Climate Action Strategy, City of London
Ellie Kuper Thomas, Policy Manager, London Borough of Newham
15:40TCPA’s work on climate change
Hugh Ellis, Director of Policy and Celia Davis, Projects and Policy Manager, TCPA
15:55Closing remarks from the chair 


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