RIBA Open Forum Debate

10 May 2012

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


AA, 1 Severn Street Place, The Mailbox, B1 1SE, Birmingham


What are the implications for architects under the new NPPF?

The recently ratified NPPF means a big shake-up in planning legislation, and it is important for architects to stay on top of it. The publication has been reduced in length from 1,000 pages to just 72 and is designed to ensure that developments go ahead unless they are 'unsustainable'.

The RIBA is pleased that the RIBA's suggested amendments to the draft have been accepted into the final version of the NPPF, particularly those related to:

  • A strengthening of policy on design and providing greater weight for the advice of design review panels
  • Enshrining high-quality design as a core planning principle
  • Greater clarification over the definition of sustainable development
  • The announcement of transitional arrangements to allow local authorities to develop Local Plans
  • Strengthening of provisions to encourage the development of Brownfield sites

Join our panel of experts to discuss the opportunities and challenges presented to the architectural profession by the NPPF. A drinks reception will take place from 6pm with the debate commencing at 6.30pm.

The debate will be chaired by Anthony Clerici, RIBA West Midlands Regional Chairman. The panelists are:  

  • Anna Scott-Marshall, Head of External Affairs at the Royal Institute of British Architects
  • Ruth Reed, Immediate Past President of the RIBA, Course Director PGDip Architectural Practice at BCU, and Partner at Green Planning Solutions llp  
  • Andrew Boughton RIBA MRTPI Director of Planning at Boughton Butler





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