18 September

The Town and County Planning Association (TCPA) are holding a members seminar titled ‘What is the future for regional planning and infrastructure?’ in London on 18 September. This event will look at what the forthcoming changes for regional and national planning. Some Regional Assemblies have now been abolished as Parliament establishes a new role for Regional Development Agencies supported by Local Authorities Leaders’ Boards. These will work together to devise any new Regional Strategies, combining both economic and spatial predecessor strategies. At the same time the Official Opposition in Parliament promises a new era of localism and the abolition of regional planning in general. National infrastructure too faces the same challenges. In Whitehall National Policy Statements on energy, ports and airports are urgently being prepared as the new Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) is rapidly set up to handle projects over a given size, while opposition parties talk of abolition of the IPC.

Further details available at: http://www.tcpa.org.uk/events.php?action=event&id=4.