Localism for Architects

24 May 2012

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM


MADE, 7 Newhall Square, Birmingham B3 1RU


There is a revolution underway in how town and country (or spatial) planning is carried out in England - and planning reform is in the air in Wales too.

Through the Localism Act, a new National Planning Policy Framework and other policy innovations the government is moving away from a 'topdown', target-driven approach to one that puts more control in the hands of local people. At the same time it is prioritising growth through a presumption in favour of sustainable development. 

The Welsh Assembly government is currently bringing forward a White Paper, expected in December 2012, followed by a Planning Bill for Wales and whilst the majority of the Localism Bill provisions apply only to England, some will apply in Wales. 

The workshops will explore what Localism means for architects:

Context: The Big Society, Localism and Place-making

Overview: the new planning systems and how they will work

Neighbourhood planning: what it is and how to do it

Engaging communities: in development proposals and neighbourhood planning

Infrastructure: the new rules for determining proposals

Getting involved: the skills, partnerships and governance the new approaches require.

Speakers: Annie Coombs and Mike Hayes CBE - Scousenous! - Registered Commissioners with the Infrastructure Planning Commission (PINS senior examiners from April 2012); members of Design Council CABE’s national design review panel and with extensive experience of planning, community engagement, design and delivery in a local context. 

Registration from 1.30pm, CPD starts at 2pm


RIBA/CIAT Members - £55 + VAT 
Others - £80 + VAT
RIBA Student Members - £15 + VAT 
CPD Club Members - One place per club ticket


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Or alternatively contact RIBA West Midlands via the details below.


RIBA West Midlands
0121 233 2321


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