Women in Planning supporting new LGBT network – Planning Out

Women in Planning are proud to be supporting a new LGBT network Planning Out. One of the founders, Simon Brooksbank, was inspired by our Helen Hayes event earlier this year. We are glad the discussion about diversity, equality and inclusion in the planning profession is infectious!

Planning Out first event is on 28 July, read below for more details about the new network.

Planning Out

Planning Out is an LGBT network for professionals in the planning sector.

Planning Out has two key aims. Firstly it is a forum for professionals in the LGBT community to develop professional connections and friendships, learn best practice and share ideas from colleagues across the industry.

Secondly our aim is to provide a forum to encourage LGBT professionals to be themselves and be authentic in the workplace and in their everyday lives so that they can fulfil their potential.

We welcome all people regardless of seniority, public, private, voluntary or academic sectors as well as those who are supportive of our cause. We also welcome professionals who are connected to the planning industry.
Launch Event
Planning Out’s Launch Event is on Thursday 28 July:

Date: Thursday 28 July
Time: 6pm arrival for 6.30pm start
Venue: Turley, 5, Charlotte building, 17 Gresse St, W1T 1QL
Booking and more information: http://planningout.eventbrite.co.uk

The event will feature speakers, drinks and great networking opportunities – limited spaces left!

Email to subscribe to updates planningoutlgbt@gmail.com
Twitter @planningout
LinkedIn Planning Out
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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/



Proud of Women: Politics and Planning – 10 February 2016 – Booking now open!

Women in Planning’s successful event series Proud of Women is back. We are honoured to have the RT Hon Helen Hayes MP for Dulwich and West Norwood join us for a unique event where she will reflect on her career in planning and politics.


Helen Hayes, Labour.
RT Hon. Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood

Start: 18:30 (please allow time for security checks)

Finish: 21:30

Venue: Atlee Suite, Portcullis House, London, SW1A 0AA

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The event is kindly sponsored by






Save the date – Proud of Women – Politics and Planning

We are pleased to announce that the Rt Hon Helen Hayes MP will be presenting to Women in Planning about her career in planning and politics at 19:00 on 10 February 2016 at Portcullis House, Westminster.

We hope you will be able to join us so please save the date, and we will confirm booking arrangements at the start of the New Year.

We hope you have lovely festive period.

Women in Planning



RTPI London Mayoral Election Membership Survey

Women in Planning – get your voice heard on mayoral election issues – answer our survey!

RTPI London Calling

PLANNERS: Election 2016: What should London’s next mayor prioritise? VOTE NOW!

Ballot-box-genericLondon’s economy is bigger than many countries – similar in size to Sweden.

Meanwhile, London’s population of 8.6m has recently exceeded its all-time previous  record, it is important to remember that the city’s wealth and dynamism owes much to its hinterland. The fate of London and the greater South-East are inextricably linked. Planning for the capital cannot take place in isolation from the home counties, and vice-versa.

In 2016, Londoners will go to the polls to elect a new mayor. This will likely be followed by a new London Plan and Mayor’s Transport Strategy, setting out a vision for the capital for the next four years. What should the planning priorities be? How best should we address press challenges such as housing, transport, climate change and quality of life? Given that London has a bigger economy than many Countries…

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Women in Planning and Oyster Partnership present –  Proud of Women Summer Social

Our Proud of Women event series celebrates women working in planning. On 8  July 2015 Women in Planning will be joined by Carol Rhea, President of the American Planning Association (APA).

This is an opportunity for our members to learn about the issues facing planners in the United States. Carol Rhea will also talk about her career and provide tips for women working in the built environment sector.

The presentation will be followed panel discussion chaired by Women in Planning’s own Mary Fortune. The panel will not only include Carol Rhea but Janet Askew, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and co-founder of Women in Planning Charlotte Morphet.

The event will culminate with our Summer Social drinks kindly sponsored by Oyster Partnership.

Date: 8 July 2015

Time: 18:30 – 21:00

Venue:  Gustave Tuck lecture theatre, University College London. The Summer Social will take place in UCL’s Garden Rooms.

Cost: Free

About the speaker:

Carol Rhea is a founding partner of the Orion Planning Group, and previously created and staffed Rhea Consulting. In addition to her work as a consultant, Rhea has worked as a city, county, regional, and state planner. Her passion is helping local governments build planning capacity, and working with small to medium-sized communities to address planning challenges.

About the sponsor:

Oyster Partnership



Oyster Partnership is a specialist property recruitment business with a very strong presence within the Town Planning community. Oyster specialises in placements from graduate up to Director Level across both the public and private sector. We actively support the industry through numerous events, including Women in Planning and Young Planners, and we measure ourselves not only on business results but on how much help we give back.

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