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Women in Planning Committee members included on RTPI The Planner’s Women of Influence list 2018

The Planner’s Women of Influence 2018 has been published to mark International Women’s Day on the 08 March. The list includes incredible women from across the planning profession. Women in Planning are very proud to announce that members of our Committee Branches and Co-Founders have been included:

Jill Bell MRTPI – chair of Women in Planning in the North West and consultant with HGH Consulting.

Mary Fortune MRTPI – chair of Women in Planning, London and senior planner with Savills.

Emma Langmaid MRTPI – chair of Women in Planning South Wales and director of Prospero Planning.

Alison Mackay MRTPI – co-founder of Women in Planning and senior planner with Colliers International; active with RTPI London.

Charlotte Morphet MRTPI – co-founder of the expanding Women in Planning network and principal policy planner at the London Borough of Waltham Forest; RTPI General Assembly member.

Sarah Reid – planning barrister with Kings Chambers, with a particular specialism in highways law; mentor to colleagues at Kings and board member of Women in Planning North West.

See the full list of inspiration women here: https://www.theplanner.co.uk/features/the-planners-women-of-influence-2018

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Building a Britain Fit for the Future – The Launch of the Revised NPPF

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Women in Planning committee members were delighted to attended the revised National Planning Policy Framework  launch in London on Monday. Below they each reflect on the day and what it means for the profession.

Ellie Gingell, Chair of South Midlands Branch

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“In the South Midlands, we were keen to hear where the new Garden Towns on the Oxford-MK-Cambridge Corridor were going to be located. Unfortunately, we still have to wait for the final announcements.

However, Plan making, including strategic plans, was very much on the agenda through the speeches and into the technical sessions afterward. Even the transitional arrangements (the time in which Local Authorities have to get a plan in place) which, may at first seem strict- a mere 6 months- were defended by Steve Quartermain who was very clear that we’ve had long enough to understand government thinking and their intentions and act accordingly. This will, of course, prove challenging for but is probably a very large carrot disguised as a stick when you reflect on the proposed changes as a whole, for example the Housing Delivery Test.

Pondering the day on the train home, the speeches, the amusing memes of Thomas the Tank engine that filled the twitter feed, the strong voices for and those against, and with International Womens Day just around the corner it seemed somewhat apt to reflect on the words of suffragette Lucy Stone:

“Now all we need is to continue to speak the truth fearlessly, and we shall add to our number those who will turn the scale to the side of equal and full justice in all things”.

It is, after all, a consultation- which is our opportunity to be heard as planning professionals.”

Alison Mackay, Co-Founder

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“It was a very busy day for the Planning profession. Prime Minster Theresa May kick started the launched the consultation of the eagerly anticipated updated National Planning Policy Framework, setting the future for planning policy.

With a focus on housing delivery, I am looking forward to reading the consultation document in full but the take home messages from the day were:

1) Greater protection of the Green Belt and ensuring Local Planning Authorities can firmly justify its release;
2) Emphasis on high density with the power to refuse schemes of too lower density and
3) Monitoring of Local Plans to ensure they deliver their adopted strategic visions with consequences for Local Planning Authorities that fail to do so”

Charlotte Morphet, Co-Founder 

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“I thought the presence of the Prime Minster at the launch of the National Planning Policy Framework mark 2 was positive. It really showed how far as a profession we have come in the Government eyes. It was also good to have the presence of the Secretary of State. We have moved on from being the enemies of enterprise to important profession and process in the delivery of housing.

I am reserving judgement on the content of the consultation documents until I have read them all; but I can be certain of one thing, Local Planning Authorities need more resources to deliver the Governments ambitions plans for homes and communities.”

Sara Sweeney, London Branch Committee member

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“It certainly was not an average Monday hearing about the proposed revisions to the NPPF first-hand from the Prime Minster and the Secretary of State.

What I took from the day was that the ultimate aspiration of the Government is to build a Britain that is fit for purpose and that means delivering the right homes, in the right places. As a Planner with a particular passion for strategic planning and the delivery of housing, I welcome many of the proposed revisions to help streamline the plan-making process (after all this is supposed to be a plan-led system) but I will reserve judgement until I’ve holistically read the consultation documents and considered the implications on the ground.

Albeit, the Developer in me feels massively underwhelmed and under attack. Developers will continue to “step up” to build homes, but in my opinion the anti-developer culture needs to change as the industry is not to blame for the housing crisis. I can attest that I have never been asked to promote a site for housing or submit a planning application with the intention to “sit on the land and watch the value rise”. There needs to be some realism here, the development industry does not operate within a vacuum that is not exposed to wider economic factors. Stable economic conditions create the environment in which developers can deliver more homes. No private sector entity would be expected to deliver without profit and it should be no different for the development industry.”

The consultation proposals can be found on the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government website (click here). 

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5 years of making Women visible in Planning

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On Monday evening, 4th December 2017, Women in Planning celebrated its 5th anniversary with a Christmas drinks reception, kindly sponsored by GVA and Osborne Richardson.

In her speech, our co-founder, Charlotte Morphet, reflected on the success of our last 5 years and set out the future direction of our network and where we see the role of women in planning. Charlotte reflected on the reason for setting up the network which was to make women visible in the planning world, noting that;

“Alison Mackay and I were looking for a networking forum that would work for us. We noticed at so many events most of the speakers and attendees were male, which we thought was strange because we knew there were lots of women working in planning.” 

Over the past 5 years, the network has achieved a great deal including an incredible ‘Proud of Women’ series of events which actively sought to make women working in planning at senior levels more visible and act as role models for women starting in the industry.

2017 has been an especially good year for us with the addition of two new Branches, one in South Wales, which launched in November 2017, and another launching in January 2018 in the North West of England.

Over the next 5 years, Women in Planning will be focusing on:

  • further growth across the UK with additional branches;
  • growing and diversify our membership base making sure it represents all women working in planning and development, at every level of their career;
  • creating a network which will empower and support our leading women so that the days of an all-male expert panel or leadership board are behind us;
  • creating a forum that provides for our members to make meaningful social and business connections and encourage them to share and support each other’s ambitions;
  • influence positive change in the workplace through targeted research, information sharing and membership surveys. We realise that greater efforts need to be made to strive for equality in the workplace, especially in terms of both pay and promotion. This starts with a better understanding of the industry baseline and what our members feel are the issues.

We thank you for being a part of our journey, whenever you may have joined and look forward to seeing you at our events in 2018. From all of us on the committee, thank you for your continued support. Seasons greetings.

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We are expanding – Women in Planning North West

We are proud to announce that we are launching a North West network later this year.

We are looking for committee members to assist in delivering the new network.

Women in Planning has a strong reputation for delivering events in London, as well as supporting other like-minded networks.

As a committee member you will be:

  • event co-ordinating
  • sourcing sponsorship
  • managing communications
  • attending bi-monthly meetings (date to TBC)
  • an ambassador for the network.

If you are interested in joining the Committee please email Jill Bell, Alison Mackay and Charlotte Morphet at womeninplanningnorthwest@gmail.com, or via social media (LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook), as we would love to hear from you.

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We are recruiting!

Women in Planning are growing and we want your help.

Our Network has a strong reputation for delivering events in London as well as supporting other like-minded networks.

We are now looking for dedicated committee members to assist with our work.

As a committee member you will be:

  • event co-ordination
  • sourcing sponsorship
  • managing communications
  • attending bi-monthly meetings (starting on 21 September 2016)
  • an ambassador for the network.

If you are interested in joining the Committee (along with Alison, Charlotte and Mary) get in touch either by emailing womeninplanning@gmail.com or via social media (LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook), as we would love to hear from you.

 

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Thank you

We here at Women in Planning wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended last night. We were thrilled to meet new people.

We also wanted to say thank you to our speakers Miranda Pennington, Partner at Metropolis Green, Ann-Maire Shiven, Associate Director at Robert West and Michele Vas Managing Associate at Dentons.

Thank you also to our sponsor and host Dentons.

We hope you all enjoyed the evening and look forward to seeing you all at the next event!

A review of the event will be posted in due course, but for now we leave you with our new favorite planning law blog:

http://www.planninglawblog.com/

Proud of Women 3 sponsor and host.
Proud of Women 3 sponsor and host.