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TCPA online briefing: Towards a shared vision for planning reform?

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20th May : 3:00 pm 4:15 pm

With a General Election on the horizon, the issue of how to reform the planning system remains high on the political agenda, with a wave of new initiatives seeking to provide the answers. It is the TCPA’s view that there is no mystery to discover about what’s wrong with the current system nor how to fix it. The main questions which surround planning reform have all been asked and answered in the various reviews of the system over the last decade.

Recent reform has been driven by the tension between the ideological and the practical resulting in a planning system which is now highly complex but also ineffective. Underfunded, demoralised, and lacking public trust, the system is not capable of securing the transformational change we need. That matters enormously because the planning system is central to any government who has ambitions for an efficient and democratic system producing healthy and climate resilient communities.

We must learn the lessons from past reform and confront the barriers preventing positive change. Chaired by the TCPA President, and leader of the Raynsford Review of Planning, this timely online briefing and debate will draw on the TCPA’s extensive work on the subject. Join us for a lively and informative debate. This event is free to TCPA members and £10 for non-members.

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Please see a draft agenda below:

15:00Welcome and introduction from the chair
Nick Raynsford, President, TCPA and former Minister of State for Housing and Planning
15:05Briefing on planning reform
Hugh Ellis, Director of Policy, TCPA
15:20Response from the sector
Catriona Riddell, Vice-Chair, TCPA and strategic planning specialist
15:35Q&A with delegates
16:10Concluding remarks 
Nick Raynsford, President, TCPA
16:15Event end