Making Planning Work

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It’s widely felt that the planning system is not fit for the needs of twenty-first-century cities: cumbersome; prone to logjams; failing 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.

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

In association with


Booking opens Monday 2 September 2019.

Book online or in person at Watershed Box Office or on Tel: 0117 927 5100 Mon – Fri from 09:00 and Sat & Sun from 10:00.

Events start punctually and, out of consideration to other audience members and speakers, our policy is not to admit latecomers. As this is a free event – and in the interest of fairness – only one ticket can be reserved per transaction. If you would like additional tickets please book for the event again. To combat the high number of ‘no shows’ at our free events, we overbook by 20%. We ask that ticket holders are in their seats 10 minutes before start to guarantee their place. We will also admit anyone waiting without a ticket into empty seats 5 minutes before the start time.

We endeavour to hold events in venues that are accessible to all. Watershed’s cinemas and event spaces are all located on the first floor which is accessible via the lift located in the main entrance foyer at Box Office. Once on the first floor there is level access to all areas. The venue has a hearing loop system. If you have specific access concerns it is advisable to contact the venue direct.

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