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The planning system is vital for a strong economy, for an attractive and sustainable environment, and for a successful democracy.

We need a planning system that enables local people to shape their surroundings in a way that is also sensitive to the history and character of a given location. If local planning is rooted in civic engagement and collaborative democracy, then planners have a key role in reconciling economic development with quality of life and strengthening society.


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The conference will follow the well established pattern of plenary sessions, parallel track sessions and mobile workshops.

Abstracts and proposals for sessions addressing British, Irish, European and international approaches are very welcome on indicative topics which will include the following:

  • Neighbourhood and community planning
  • Planning for climate change adaptation
  • Mobility and infrastructure
  • Planning capacity, education and skills
  • Urban and rural regeneration
  • Green and blue space provision
  • Local enterprise partnerships and affluence
  • Urban design and real estate development
  • Planning for social difference
  • Urban & rural development and environmental impacts
  • Coastal and marine planning