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Housing White Paper: A Step in the Right Direction

The long awaited Housing White Paper (HWP) was published in February 2017. The Paper has been hotly debated since and we are still waiting for the outcome of the consultation.

Alice Lester MBE (Head of Planning, Transport and Licensing at Brent Council), Lorraine Hughes (Senior Director at CBRE), Sara Parkinson (Planning and Development Programme Director at London First) and Rachel Ferguson (Senior Planning Executive at Metropolitan Housing) joined us on the 11 April at Dentons‘ London office to provide their view on the HWP.

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Whilst there are differing views on the HWP’s effectiveness, the panellists provided a useful insight sectors. The panellists largely agreed that, whilst the HWP is not perfect; it is a step in the right direction and it is one of the many steps that is needed to be taken to increase the delivery of homes across the UK. Hughes noted that, “the HWP is going in the right direction. There is a need to understand the barriers and harness the opportunities”.

Planning is not the panacea for housing

From the panellist’s perspective, there is a failure to fully recognise the economics of the situation. Basic supply and demand theory is too simplistic when applied to the housing market as the affordability of housing is not comparable to the affordability of other commodities such as groceries. This is because “people use housing as an investment” therefore bringing housing down to an affordable level could mean negative equity for many people.

The panel considered that the HWP does not appropriately address viability, in particular it lacks clarity on London’s position. The HWP also fails to recognise the gap between policy and available funding which often leads to the delayed delivery of sites. Little attention is paid to the importance of the plan-making stage, and the issues surrounding the Green Belt firmly remains the ‘elephant in the room’.

On the whole, the panel agreed that the answer to deliver significant levels of new homes is too complex to be simply the burden of the planning system alone and as Parkinson commented “Planning is not the panacea for delivering new housing”. The ‘solution’ is much wider and would need to incorporate economic variables, viability, and politics all of which have a significant influence on housing delivery.

Increased Planning Application Fees

Lester welcomed the proposed changes to planning application fees but emphasised that there is still likely to be disparity between the fees and the actual man hours employed by Development Control teams. Major planning applications often end up subsidising householder applications and unless the fees are right an increase of 20% will not make much difference. Lester considered that planning application fees are only one part of a wider problem. The other issues Local Planning Authorities are facing is a clear key skill shortage, especially at principal planner level.

Hughes and Parkinson indicated that their clients and members are likely to pay the suggested increased planning application fees, but only if there were tangible improvements in decision taking. Parkinson said however, that resources were also needed in policy to increase confidence in a plan-led approach.

Speeding up delivery

Whilst the panel accepted that the private sector has a role to play in speeding up delivery of new housing, Housing Associations and Local Authorities also have an important role in the delivering of new homes.

Ferguson noted that her residential delivery rates are often stalled by the time it takes to discharge conditions.  She highlighted that the time taken to clear conditions is often longer than anticipated and this impacts on the commencement date. Lester explained how this is an issue she is trying to address in her current role at LB Brent. Lester holds regular ‘condition workshops’ where officers have to justify use of non-standard conditions and are told to apply conditions with caution.

Summary

The hype around the Housing White Paper remains and there are certainly suggested measures which the built environment industry would welcome as a way to facilitate the increased delivery of new housing. As agreed at the event, the HWP cannot be a standalone mechanism and will need wider support from sectors outside planning in order to meet the housing targets.

We shall await the outcome of the government’s consultation on the paper to understand whether any of the above ideas area common themes within the wider industry.

We are grateful to our panellists for taking part in the event and of course to our sponsor and host, Dentons for their hospitality.

 

Sara Sweeney, Planning Manager at Kitewood

 

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Cities: the other dimension

Traditionally cities have been designed by men – from architects to city planners, surveyors and engineers – and the primary assumption has been that everyone is an able-bodied young person, going from home to work in a one-dimensional trajectory. The secondary assumption has been that the populace’s main journeys are indeed to and from work.

But from these assumptions come problems. Take the first, that everyone is able-bodied: a lack of stair-free access at transport nodes to assist those with disabilities, children, or even people travelling with luggage turns many people’s journey into a struggle.

And the assumption of the work-home trajectory has led to the unsustainable zoning of residential and economic land uses, which have traditionally been separated in city planning.

How does this affect the cities we live in?

Cities do not take into account all the unacknowledged work that people do. Things like childcare, which can make journeys around cities more complicated. Trip-chain journeys might, for example, start from home, first taking a child to day-care, then dropping off another child at school, before eventually reaching work, with the reverse journey including a supermarket visit before getting home. These activities are not well supported in our urban set-up.

If women were in charge of urban design, would cities look different?

Men and women have different experiences in cities. As more men take a larger role in childcare, they will notice accessibility issues. But women have experienced these for longer. Day-to-day they can be confronted with difficulties manoeuvring pushchairs and buggies around the urban environment. Furthermore, more women work part-time or from home, merging home and office. Some of these experiences relate closely to those with disabilities.

So, if more cities were planned by women they would not necessarily look different, but they would feel different. Women are for the most part more sensitive to the needs of others because they have for so long experienced at least some form of social exclusion. This would make cities more integrated and user-friendly, which could mean they were planned with better transport and more integrated mixed uses.

Would this mean the end of central business districts?

Probably. But these are already being planned out in favour of residential-led, mixed-use schemes. Canary Wharf now has a large residential population to match its economic one and it is planning to expand with the development of Wood Wharf.

What would cities designed by women mean for the property markets?

The diversity inherent in this new way of planning and designing cities would mean that the so-called comparables in the property markets may not be as explicit. Valuers and investors would have even more reasons to debate the “true” value of property. Real estate investment would need a long term strategy beyond the normal five-to-seven years. Long-term investments could lead to stability of property prices and less speculation around future value growth: a more sustainable economic model.

In short, more women could mean less boom and bust as less risk is taken.

Ultimately diversity in the built environment will change cities for the better by adding another lens to development decisions.

The above was authored by Clara Greed, professor of inclusive urban planning at the University of the West of England, Charlotte Morphet, senior consultant at planners Turley and co-founder of Women in Planning, Maria Wiedner, founder and chief executive of Cambridge Finance and RE Women, and Liane Hartley, founder of Mend and Urbanistas. It is based on their Women: Know Your Place discussion at the WOW Festival.

This article was first published on Estates Gazette.Com REWIRE blog. Read the original article at the following link http://www.egi.co.uk/news/cities-the-other-dimension/

 

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Is this a revolution?

2015 marks the first time in history that all three of the main Built Environment member organisations have elected female presidents coinciding in the same year. Jane Duncan (Royal Institute of British Architects President Elected), Louise Brooks-Smith (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and Janet Askew (Royal Town Planning Institute) are all inspirational women who are bringing to the fore diversity and equality in the profession.  So does this historic event mean the start of a female revolution, in what is still a male dominated field?

Many topics were discussed at Women Paving the Way on 31st March 2015 including gender, equality and diversity, barriers including confidence and ways to succeed. The event sought to consider how women are taking on leadership roles in the built environment.

Tony Horrell, CEO of Colliers International UK & Ireland, announced at the event that Colliers has recently started a Women’s network. The new network is unique in that it is not only for employees, but for clients as well. The women in the real estate firm are also able to enrol on a Woman in Leadership programme. It is certainly positive to see such schemes coming to the fore.

This was the first of many initiatives which were discussed on the evening. Jane Duncan discussed RIBA’s #SeeMeJoinMe campaign on Twitter, a campaign which aims to celebrate women working in the construction industry by raising their visibility. Louise Brooke-Smith said that the RICS had also started a campaign called Visible Women.

The RTPI are taking a different approach, not focusing solely on gender but equality and diversity as a whole. This is perhaps because the RTPI has the largest female membership of the organisations at 35% and a long history of female presidents, with Sylvia Law as the first female president in 1974. Behind the RTPI are RIBA with 17% and RICS with 13%. With such low levels of women in these two professions, there is an apparent need for gender targeted campaigns.

The RICS are, however, also launching an Access Consultant Certification scheme for employers which will highlight firms who are committed to equality and diversity in the work place.

These schemes will no doubt level the playing field in the built environment solving issues such as unequal pay, which Louise Brooke-Smith highlighted was still an issue. The fight for equal pay has been an on-going issue since the Ford Dagenham plant strike in 1968. The strike of the Ford sewing machinists then lead to the Equal Pay Act 1970 introduced by Barbara Castle, also one of Louise’s heroes.

Louise suggested the fact that the issue of gender balance is being so heavily discussed, not only in the built environment but globally with the UN ‘He-for-She’ campaign, which is perhaps a sign that there is a revolution taking place. This can only be a good thing, and the rise of our sister networks Urbanistas, RE Women and WSCP is another strong indicator that women are having their moment.

It was positive to hear that gender biased ideologies have moved on, and there is no longer a need to apply for university courses as both a male and a female to be accepted, as Louise did when she decided she wanted to study Mining at Imperial College London.  However, as Jane explained there is more that can be done to make the working environment open to all with flexible working; an understanding that long hours are not possible if you have children, regardless of gender, but also considering that a work life balance is important.

The panel deliberated other barriers which face women working in the built environment, with confidence portrayed the most prominently. Janet has noticed a lack of confidence in her female students and considers this to be a barrier to success. ‘Confidence’ is a reoccurring theme in all Women in Planning events since the network’s inception in 2012 and is one of the reasons for the groups creation. Time and time again, we hear that if men consider that they know 50% of a job role they will have the confidence to apply, assuming they know enough and learn the rest on the job. Women apparently have the opposite view and consider that if they only know 50% of the job, it is not enough to apply and that they could not fulfil that role.

Confidence does not seem to be the only issue Janet has noticed; there is a lack of ambition in female students and this was also discussed at our joint International Women’s Day Event in March 2015. Women do not necessarily plan beyond having children, as they can consider it to be the end of their career. For some it will be the end of their career, but it should be known that it is okay to plan your career for as long as you want.

Both ambition and confidence go hand in hand; having the confidence in yourself will allow you to have ambition and realise it.

The panel provided advice on how to be more confident with the main tip being practice makes perfect but also support and training is required. Other advice included pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and taking opportunities given to you; whatever you do and whatever gender you are you need to be strong and resilient. Importantly, all agreed that you should not be frightened to say what you believe and not to stay silent about equality, an inspiring message for all.

Thank you to Colliers International again for hosting and sponsoring the evening.

By Charlotte Morphet, Co-founder, Women in Planning

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REVIEW – Proud of Women 3

Confidence is key – Fake it till you make it!
We were delighted when Dentons law firm agreed to sponsor and host our third event in the “Proud of Women” series: Inter-professional. The London weather did not sympathise with us as we arrived at Dentons London office just off Fleet Street, umbrella in hand. We were whisked up to the 9th floor where the sun was setting over the spectacular view of the City.
At 7pm, Charlotte Morphet (founding member of Women in Planning) took to the stage to welcome guests and speakers to the event, thanking Dentons for all their support.
The first speaker was Miranda Pennington, who is a Partner at Metropolis Green. She took us through a quick overview of the role she plays within Metropolis, a small company in ‘Tech City’ with – impressive clients.
Miranda started life at the London borough of Islington’s sustainability team (which when she left, her role was separated into 5 different jobs!) and took the plunge by switching to Metropolis Green; and becoming Partner by her early 30s. The audience was inspired by her example of building her business particularly through the recent recession, focussing on building a reputation using the planning and architectural side of Metropolis. Her hard work is eventually paying off with her own client base and many projects separate to Metropolis Planning and Metropolis Architecture arm.
Miranda left us all with several of her top tips. The ones that stood out was that you must believe in yourself, don’t ever panic – take a deep breath and the answers will come to you and if it doesn’t then you can “fake it until you make it”, it’s easy to stand out and make sure you have a 5 year plan!
The next speaker, Ann-Marie Shivnen an Associate Director at Robert West said that being asked to present made her think about her early career. Also what lessons she could pass onto her younger colleagues which was inspiring.
Her first job was at Buchanan Consulting engineers which, three weeks into her graduate role, was taken over by Capita Symonds. After a while she began to get the ‘London bug’ and left Newbury for the big smoke. In 2007 she returned back to Dublin for a few years but the recession has hit the Irish Capital hard. Instead she returned to London were she was successful at gaining her position at Robert West in 2009.
Ann-Marie gave us her three top tips which we know will help members develop our own careers. The first was making sure you understand the process to be knowledgeable in your specialism. The second is to learn how to influence others and the third is to ensure you develop your network.
The third and final speaker was Michele Vas a Managing Associate of the Planning Law team from Dentons. Following completion of her training contract with a local authority she chose to move to the ‘dark side’ and joined Dentons in their Public Law department. Over the years she has been sent on a number of “character building” days thanks to her boss; and on reflection now realises how they have helped develop her career particularly her teamwork skills.
More recently she has acted on behalf of Hammersmith and Fulham council on the Earls Court development. Michele has acted on behalf of other local authority which provided an interesting insight that she could combine her local authority experience within the private sector environment.
Michele gave us some of her top lessons that she has learnt over the course of her career which includes the importance of teamwork, having the confidence and initiative to stand up and have an opinion. Michele also reiterate the previous top tips to ensure that you have strong knowledge of your industry.
Michele left us with Dentons Planning Law Blog which enables members to keep abreast with the ever changing planning law system.
Following the presentations There was plenty of time for questions to be asked over delicious canapés and a few glasses of wine.
By Mary Fortune and Charlotte Morphet

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Proud of Women Event 2 – Cross Sector Review

On Wednesday 20th March Women in Planning held their second ‘Proud of Women’ event looking across the public, private and third sector. The event hosted three prominent women working in Greater London in all three sectors to provide a snap shot of practicing planning professionals.

Charlotte Morphet, (a founding member of Women in Planning), kicked off proceedings by briefly discussing the inspiration behind this series of events.  The main inspiration was cited was the RTPI 2013 initiative #proudofplanners #proudofplanning.

Kathy McEwan, Head of Planning and Enabling at Design Council CABE was the first speaker of the evening. Kathy started by showing a picture of her mother, Ann McEwan, who was a leading town planner of her day with Colin Buchanan in 1970s. She said that her mother must have been tough to have the career she had in such a male dominated profession.

 

Kathy then took the audience on a journey through her career, stating that she was a late bloomer in her success at aged 40. Kathy has worked at two prominent London Boroughs, Hackney and Camden,here she set up the well known Camden Design Awards and Hackney Design Awards.

After this Kathy outlined the history of the changing role of CABE from quango to charity. It was interesting to note that the Design Council was once Council for Industrial Design (1944) and that CABE was previously the Royal Fine Art Commission (1924).

It was clear that the ethos of CABE had not been changed by moving into the Design Council as the aim is to collaborate with Built Environment professionals to achieve sustainable communities through good design practice. Now, however, Design Council CABE considers growth as part of its agenda.

The main change since the merge is centered on how CABE delivers its agenda. No longer government funded, they now bid for grants to deliver work about design in the built environment. Or they require developers to pay for a Design Review panel.

Kathy introduced the audience to new Design Council CABE publications ‘Active By Design’, ‘Design Led Approach to Infrastructure’, ‘Design in Neighborhood Planning’ and ‘A Design Wayfinder’.

CABE’s aim has always been to assist in the delivery of places that work, last and delight with Kathy presenting examples of this in her presentation. CABE helps bring communities together by providing design support and review for a wide range of stakeholders in the development process. This is promoted at a grassroots level by ensuring that planning policies express design-led objectives for developments, such as Crossrail.

Kathy ended the presentation by announcing that CABE are launching a new initiative called ‘Voice Box’ which enables community groups to identify the key issues, opportunities and challenges in the process of achieving good homes in their community.

Erica Mortimer, Managing Director of CgMs Ltd, spoke about her path to running a private sector planning and heritage consultancy with over 100 employees. Erica made a daring decision to enter the planning profession at a time when only three spaces were allocated to women on her chosen university course.  Her career started at the City of London Corporation’s planning department, the financial district of London. Erica left to work at the London Borough of Lambeth, where she felt there was not enough work for her to undertake and departed in under a year of her appointment. A lesson here seemed to be that if you are not satisfied in your job, it is acceptable to leave to find something more challenging. Erica went back to the City but eventually moved into the private sector, joining a planning and development team in a surveying firm.

Due, in part, to the early 1990s recession this firm closed. Out of its ashes came CgMs Ltd in 1997. Erica interestingly noted that the client cultivation and planning came easy but all four directors had to learn the ropes of the business and they fell into the roles they now have.

CgMs in addition to providing planning consultancy service also uniquely offers archaeology within its heritage services. Erica explained that one of the most common questions she is asked is what archaeological findings have CgMs discovered. Much to the disappointment of the aspiring Indiana Jones’ in the audience, Erica informed us that most archaeology is now kept in insitu with foundations carefully built around historic remains.

Erica then look the audience through three examples of her recent planning work. Firstly, she told how she had assisted in the deliver a 570,000 sqm inland port, iPort, in Doncaster. The project is one of the largest regeneration projects in Donacaster’s History.

Next, Erica discussed her recent work for Historic Royal Places, particularly Hampton Court, where she had recently gained planning consent for the ‘Magic Garden’. The Magic Garden will be a historic themed play area, which Erica described as a cross between Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland, even describing some of it as looking like ‘quidditch’ towers. The main objection discussed at the London Borough of Richmond planning committee, was in fact noise from the children.

Erica ended her presentation with redevelopment of London Bridge Station and treated the audience to Grimshaw’s fly through for the planning committee. Once completed it will be the largest rail concourse in the UK. Erica interestingly noted that infrastructure is fast becoming a growth sector for planning consultancies.

Seema Manchanda former Head of Planning at the London Borough of Wandsworth was the final speaker of the evening. Seema provided advice to the audience, using her career as the case study. A Cambridge graduate, Seema started her career in a Planning and Development team at a surveying firm, where she spent much of her time copying plans for the rest of the team. The first planning application Seema submitted was for a bund (aka a mound of soil) which she needed to go on site and measure.

After this experience, Seema moved into the regeneration team at the London Borough of Sutton where she gained the key skills that she has required throughout her career, such as bid writing.

Seema then moved to a position at the London Borough of Haringey as Head of Regeneration and Planning and then at London Borough of Newham.  At Newham Seema was involved in identifying a new site for travelers to assist with the delivery of the Olympics. Now at Wandsworth, Seema has been instrumental in delivering the Nine Elms development. Seema worked to generate funding for the Northern Line extension via Section 106 Agreements, which has been a catalyst for development in this area.

Seema’s tips to Women in Planning were to collect skills and knowledge by gaining experience in many areas of planning (law, policy, consultancy and development management) and the wider sectors. Further to this she said that being assertive was important, learn how to make sound decisions quickly and ensure you formulate a convincing reasoning behind these decisions.

To conclude the event, it is clear that we can definitely be proud of women in planning and proud of planning as a profession.

The event was attended by over 40 professional women who we would like to thank for their attendance. We would also like to thank our speakers Erica, Kathy and Seema who we consider to be exemplary examples of leading planners.

Thank you also to Design Council CABE, for allowing us to host the event at the iconic Angel Building, and KDH Associates for sponsoring refreshments. Without these kind supporters and sponsors our events are not possible.

 

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EVENT REVIEW – Proud of Women Event Series – Event 1

Event 1: A Career Travel Plan – Michèle Dix, Managing Director for Planning, Transport for London

On Monday 14th October 2013 Women in Planning launched their Proud of Women Series sponsored by KDH Associates. The first event saw Michèle Dix, Managing Director of Planning at Transport for London take the audience through her career thus far.

Charlotte Morphet, the Founder of Women in Planning, welcomed guests by introducing the inspiration and the aim of the event series which has come from the current Royal Town Planning Institutes’ President, Dr Peter Geraghty.

Michèle Dix then proceeded to give a snapshot of her career as an Engineer, Transport Planner and a Mother including the series of stepping stones which have lead to her current position, Managing Director of Planning at TfL (a position she has held since 2007). At TfL Michèle is responsible for strategic growth across London’s transport network. Michèle works with the wider planning team to assess the impact of growth on the transport network and to unlock economic growth in areas of London in need of regeneration through the development of the transport network. Michèle believes that flexibility, tolerating change and seeing projects to the end has been the key to her successful career.

Michèle was awarded a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Leeds which provided her with the foundation for what Women in Planning believe is an inspirational career journey. Whilst at University Michèle found she was more interested in how places functioned rather than how buildings stood up, and realised Planning was the career for her.

Following the completion of her studies examining the relationship between land use and transport planning, Michèle joined the Greater London Council (GLC) as a Graduate. At the GLC Michèle worked on a variety of projects, including early research on the impact of a £5 congestion charge for Central London.

Due to the abolition of the GLC in 1986, Michele moved to Transport Planning consultants Halcrow Fox, (now Halcrow). At Halcrow Fox, Michèle worked on an array of transport projects. Her prerequestit for where she worked was that she always wanted to be back in time for tea! Whilst at Halcrow Fox, Michèle proved herself to be a confident and capable Transport Planner through her involvement in many challenging projects which included, conducting a study into a potential new river crossing in East London.

During her time at Halcrow Fox, Ken Livingston became the first elected Mayor of London. Eventually, under his leadership, London revisited the question of the congestion charge and in 2002, the opportunity arose for Michèle to join TfL as Director of Congestion Charging. Michèle decided to apply for this role as a job share with her friend and former colleague Malcolm Murray Clarke. Working on a part- time basis (Monday to Friday) allowed Michèle to maintain a work- life balance without feeling guilty about not responding to emails or phone calls at weekends, which she believes has been instrumental to the success of her career. Part of the satifaction from undertaking this role was that she was able to ‘finish’ which is something that she personally feels strongly about, as the congestion charge was implemented in Central London in 2003.

After this project was complete she decided to apply for the role to be Managing Director of Planning at TfL where more recently she has been part of planning and technical discussions for many significant infrastructure projects, including High Speed 2, the Northern Line Extension, Crossrail 1 and 2 and (once again) a new river crossing in east London. For more information on TfL’s current projects visit: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/projectsandschemes/7500.aspx.

Michèle’s top 10 tips for Women in Planning;

  1. Do what you enjoy- if you’re not enjoying it then change!
  2. Work hard– if you want to get to the top hard work is necessary. Not always about putting in long hours, do your homework and be on top of your subject!
  3. Be honest– Honesty is often mistaken for being direct. People know what you mean when you say it.
  4. Trust people– giving responsibility and trusting that people will perform is a better approach to dealing with others.
  5. Show appreciation of your team– you are only ever as successful as your team, showing appreciation keeps people motivated and engaged.
  6. Share problems/ talk– a problem shared is a problem halved. Sharing problems help you stay sane!
  7. Don’t try to be what you’re not, be yourself– there are different ways to be successful, you don’t have to conform to be like everyone else. Lots of different characters make a team.
  8. Follow through/ don’t give up/ finish the job– finish everything you start and don’t give up. Michèle was determined to see the London Congestion Charging scheme implemented. She is now determined to get a river crossing!
  9. All work and no play, a recipe for failure– it is important to create friendships at work, you can work and play with your colleagues!
  10. Value your friends and family– they give you the support you need to perform professionally.

Women in Planning would like to thank all who attended, and were very pleased to see many new faces. Please find the presentations from this event below.

We would also like to thank our speaker Michele Dix and our sponsor KDH Associates.

The next event in the series will be in 2014.

If you have any question please email us at womeninplanning@gmail.com

“In Planning things take time, but don’t give up!”

“Get on, stay sane”

Michèle Dix, Managing Director for Planning, TfL, October 2013

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Mary Fortune, Michele Dix and Charlotte Morphet, October 2013
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Proud of Women Introduction Presentation

Michele Dix Presentation, Career Travel Plan

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Powerful Women

On Friday 8th March 2013 Planning published an article called ‘The Power 100’ . The article listed the ‘100 most influential people in the sector’. These individuals who are said to shape policy and decision making were decided by 40 of the Planning senior contacts.

Within the list of 100 there were only 23 women.

  1. Roberta Blackman – Woods: MP – Shadow minster for Communities and Local Government.
  2. Baroness Hanham: Parliamentary under Secretary of State, DCLG.
  3. Shona Dunn: Director of Planning, DCLG.
  4. Jane Everton: Deputy Director, Development Plans, DCLG.
  5. Mary MacIntyre: Director of Strategic Planning Division, Department of Environment, Northern Ireland Executive.
  6. Fiona McCandless: Director of Local Planning Division, Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland Executive.
  7. Lindsey Nicoll: Chief Reporter and Director of Scotland Directorate of Planning Environmental Appeals (DEPA).
  8. Ruth Stanier: Deputy Director Planning, DCLG.
  9. Michele Dix: Managing Director, Transport for London.
  10. Rosemary Thomas: Head of Planning Division, the Welsh Government.
  11. Elaine Kinghan: Chief Commissioner, Northern Ireland Planning Appeals Commission.
  12. Rosemary Mcqueen : Strategic Built Environment Director, Westminster City Council.
  13. Trudi Elliot: Chief Executive of the RTPI.
  14. Kate Henderson: Chief Executive of the TCPA.
  15. Roisin Willmott: National Director for RTPI Wales and Northern Ireland.
  16. Emma Cariaga: Head of Strategic Projects and Development Director – London Portfolio, Land Security.
  17. Alison Nimmo: Chief Executive, Crown Estate.
  18. Liz Peace: Chief Executive, BPF.
  19. Nicola Walker: Head of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)- Infrastructure and Environment Team.
  20. Sue Willcox: Head of Town Planning, Sainsbury’s.
  21. Claire Dutch: Chair of Joint Planning Law Conference Committee.
  22. Morag Ellis QC: Chair Planning and Environment Bar Association.
  23. Professor Janice Morphet: Visiting Professor at UCL.

If you think there are any individuals missing make your voice heard at this link click here or leave suggestions below in the comment box.