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Thank you for joining Women in Planning London and Dentons – 19 June 2018

Thank you to everyone who joined Women in Planning London and Dentons on the 19 June 2018 at our third event of the ‘When Women Plan London’ series. The theme for this evening event was ‘Unlocking growth through infrastructure’ and it was well attended by professionals across the public and private sector. We are extremely grateful to Dentons for hosting and sponsoring this event.
 
The event was introduced by Rachael Herbert, planning lawyer at Dentons and Vice Chair of the Women in Planning London Committee.
Cynthia Bowen, President of the American Planning Association, then delivered a presentation on the American experience, focussing on the potential that infrastructure projects have to unlock housing, affordable housing, employment growth, green space and create new communities such was the case with the Atlanta BeltLine, which started of as a university student’s thesis. There were however similar challenges shared between the UK and the US which include community involvement and funding for large scale projects although in some instances cities are actively voting to raise taxes in support of infrastructure delivery. The Minneapolis- St Paul line was a prime example of this where engagement with communities was used well to enhance the green line to add more stations to its route.
The topic was then discussed by our esteemed all female panel:
  1. Victoria Hills, Chief Executive of the RTPI (formerly CEO of Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation)
  2. Caroline Taylor, Commercial Specialist, Delivery Unit of the Infrastructure & Projects Authority
  3. Caroline Foster, Senior Development Manager at Urban & Civic
  4. Cynthia Bowen, President of the American Planning Association
with James Drinan, chief executive of the American Planning Association, moderating the discussion.
Some of the key takeaway points from the panel discussion include:
  • Improvements to journey times through better transport infrastructure will change people’s working and commuting lifestyles looking at Manchester, Birmingham and Cambridge
  • Community engagement is important for discussions but important not to change the narrative for development
  • Important for planners to think about place making which will have a positive future impact on health and well being if people can walk and cycle to their jobs, services and facilities
  • Important to reach out to the future generations to involve them in infrastructure decisions that will have an impact on their lifestyle. The APA are working with local high schools and have published an illustrated book targeting younger generations to think about places.
We look forward to seeing you at our next event – the Summer Social on 26 July 2018.

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NEW EVENT: London Summer Social @ The Paternoster, St Pauls – 26 July 2018

Our annual Summer Social is not one to be missed! Join Women in Planning London for drinks, nibbles, and networking at The Paternoster, St Pauls.

Women in Planning is an inclusive network and bookings are open to all planning and built environment professionals. Non-members (including male professionals) are also welcome.

Our social events offer a great opportunity to meet new people and network with those from similar professional backgrounds. Spaces are limited therefore booking is essential…don’t miss out!

This event is free to attend but booking is essential.

Date: 26 July 2018

Time: 18:00 to close

Venue: The Paternoster, 2-4 Queens Head Passage, Paternoster Square, London, EC4M 7DZ

Book via the following link https://wiplanningldnsummersocial2018.eventbrite.co.uk

This event is kindly sponsored by:

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North West Event – Challenging Convention: The Future of Housing? – 28 June 2018 – Book Now!

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Join Women in Planning North West for an evening of interesting debate and discussion on ‘Challenging Convention: The Future of Housing?’  on the 28 June 2018 at Cushman & Wakefield. The event has been organised to coincide with the CIH Housing Conference 2018 in Manchester.

Hear from our expert panel of speakers:

Caroline Baker, Partner Cushman & Wakefield – Caroline Baker is a Partner and Head of Cushman & Wakefield’s Manchester office and last year celebrated working for C&W/DTZ in Manchester for 20 years. She advises a range of clients in the North West, on all aspects of development issues ranging in scale from sub-regional to site specific. Caroline’s strength lies in her ability to draw upon the market advice provided from our property sector specialists and incorporate this into strategies that support development. She specialises in residential development advice including strategy and development advice to local authorities, as well as overseeing market analysis to support landowners and housebuilders to understand local markets, pricing products and target occupiers. She often advises on emerging markets including PRS and Town Centres.

Louise Wyman, Head of Strategy, Homes England – Louise is Head of Strategy at Homes England, responsible for increasing the supply of well-designed homes in great places across England. Louise is a Planning Committee Member for London Legacy Development Corporation and was previously an Executive Director of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation. Louise is a Chartered Surveyor and a Landscape Architect experienced at working with the public and private sector to deliver award winning projects. Louise is an Ambassador for Harvard University’s Design School supporting the exchange of planning, design and development innovation between academia and industry.

Paul Jones, Development Manager Capital & Centric – Paul works for Capital and Centric, leading on the delivery of NOWHAUS, a design led suburban housing solution. Previously at Urban Splash, Paul has worked on a number of design led residential and commercial urban regeneration and property development projects in the North West of England. A chartered planning and development surveyor since 2004, Paul was also awarded a Professional Doctorate in the field of the Built Environment by the University of Salford in 2017.

For more details and to book please click here.

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London Event: Unlocking growth through infrastructure – 19 June 2018 – Book Now

Join Women in Planning London for the latest instalment in the When Women Plan London Event series – Unlocking growth through infrastructureon Tuesday 19 June 2018. The event is kindly sponsored and hosted by Dentons.

Cynthia Bowen, President of the American Planning Association, will deliver a keynote address on the American experience before the topic is discussed by all female expert panel including:

  1.  Victoria Hills, Chief Executive of the RTPI (and formerly CEO of Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation)
  2. Caroline Taylor, Commercial Specialist, Delivery Unit of the Infrastructure & Projects Authority
  3. Caroline Foster , Senior Development Manager at Urban & Civic

Date: 19 June 2018

Location: Dentons, One Fleet Street, London, EC4M 7RA

Event format & Timings:

17:15 – Event registration and networking

18:00 – Keynote address by Cynthia Bowen, President of the American Planning Association

18:20 – Panel discussion

18:55 – Q&A with the audience

19:00 – 20:00 – Networking and drinks

20:00 – Close

For more information and to book your place, please follow this link to our Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/when-women-plan-london-unlocking-growth-through-infrastructure-tickets-41419833838

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Thank you for joining Women in Planning London and Future Cities Catapult – 17 May 2018

Thank you to everyone who joined Women in Planning London and Future Cities Catapult on the 17 May 2018 at our second event of the ‘When Women Plan London’ series. The theme for this breakfast event was ‘Digital Innovation and Technology’ and was well attended by students and professionals across the public and private sector. We are extremely grateful to Future Cities Catapult for hosting and sponsoring this event.

The theme aimed to explore the impact of data, digital innovation and technological advancements that have or will change the built environment sector. Our expert panel were asked to give a 7-minute presentation to showcase their work and what they’ve been involved in, whilst also providing an insight into where the future of the sector lies amidst the technological revolution.

The morning opened with an introduction to event by Women in Planning London Committee Member Nissa Shahid, followed by welcome address from Erin Walsh of Future Cities Catapult. Erin gave a presentation on how she moved from planning to Plantech and the journey that brought her here. She also gave an overview into the work the Future Cities Catapult have done. This was followed by our four panellists showcasing their work in planning and technology.

Michelle Warbis from Future Cities Catapult gave an overview of her journey from the Greater London Authority to the Future Cities Catapult, and how her work with digital planning notices has evolved into a working prototype while Fran Bennet from Mastadon C gave an overview of the work that her team have done in using data science to overcome and resolve civic problems.

Ekaterina Lichtenstein from Project Imagine relayed her journey from the Built Environment sector to fintech and gave us five lessons that she learnt from the move that could apply to using tech in the built environment. Kadine James from Hobs Studio gave us a case-study demo on how 3D could assist in consultation, demonstrating examples of augmented reality and virtual reality to the audience.

This was followed by a Q&A session where the importance of adopting technology was discussed.

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Solent Launch Party – 24 May 2018 @ Slug & Lettuce, Winchester

We are delighted to announce the launch of Women in Planning Solent. Join us on 24 May to hear Aaron Wright, Planning Manager for Barratt David Wilson Homes, talk about trip to India where she was involved in delivering housing.

Time: 18:00 – 21:00

Date: 24 May 2018

Venue: Slug & Lettuce, 12-13 The Square, Winchester SO23 9ES

Agenda

18:00 -18:30 – Registration and networking

18:30 – 19:30 – Delivering housing in India, Aaron Wright, Planning Manager for Barratt David Wilson Homes

19:30 -21:00 – Networking, drinks and nibbles

It is free to attend but booking is essential. Click here to reserve your place.

This event is kindly sponsored by Barratt David Wilson Homes.

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