Making Planning Work

Sarah Chilcott, Stephen Hilton, Zoe Metcalfe, Euan Mills, Sam Stacey and Mark Tewdwr-Jones

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Is the planning system fit for the needs of twenty-first-century cities? Some argue it’s cumbersome, prone to logjams and fails to meet the needs of current and future generations. At the same time there’s more data than ever being collected about how we use and operate in cities. Is this collected and used effectively and fairly?

Cities face many pressures and challenges. There’s a particular problem with the housing system, but it’s a wider issue as well. How do we make planning work so that we can build future cities at the same time as ensuring the democratic process is respected and people can be involved in the places in which they live? Can we transform the planning system? In this special workshop organised with InnovateUK we look at where we are now and what we should do in the future. Ranging from how we use, live and work in cities through the work of Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Transforming Construction to the role of digital twins, this session will equip city planners, leaders, businesses and developers with information about the latest debates and projects.

The London Borough of Waltham Forest is running a competition to investigate how technology might be applied to the plan monitoring process, supported by the GovTech Catalyst, a £20 million, three-year programme, that is funding technology to reduce costs and provide better services to the public sector. The monitoring process is currently highly manual, labour intensive, and falls short of its potential to yield real insights. Suppliers have been invited to submit applications to demonstrate the technical feasibility of their proposed approaches, and Oliver Norman (Planning Policy Officer, London Borough of Waltham Forest) will announce the five successful suppliers who will be awarded £50,000 each for phase 1.

Speakers include: Sarah Chilcott (Planning Portal), Zoe Metcalfe (Arup), Euan Mills (Head of Digital Planning, Connected Places Catapult), Sam Stacey (Challenge Director – Transforming Construction at Innovate UK) and Mark Tewdwr-Jones, (Director of Newcastle City Futures). Stephen Hilton (Bristol Futures Global) chairs.

There will be a break 10:30-11:00.

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