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Town & Country Planning Association holds Leeds meeting

Yorkshire and Humber based professionals from across the private, public, and third sector will today come together to explore how they can work together to deliver better place-making through a fairer and more effective planning system.

The event which takes place in Leeds, is organised and hosted by the Town & Country Planning Association (TCPA) as part of the Association’s pan European SPECIAL project focusing on spatial planning for the deployment of local energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions.

Supported by Leeds based legal practice Shulmans LLP and Barratt Developments, the discussions are part of a series of roundtable debates targeting those with an interest in the built environment sector. 

The debates aim to create a constructive, cross-sector discussion to set out a positive agenda on the future of planning and place-making.

Feedback from the roundtable discussions will be used to inform a short, highly focused report which ahead of the General Election will include solution-focused recommendations for an incoming Government.

TCPA chief executive Kate Henderson said: “Over the course of the current Government, the planning system has gone through significant reforms and deregulation, yet there are still a number of questions remaining about the outcomes of these reforms, and their impacts on communities, the economy and the environment alike.”

“With the General Election just a few months away, there is a real opportunity for those of us in the built environment sector to set out a strong and positive agenda on the future of planning and place-making for the incoming Government.”

“Planning has an important role to play in rebalancing the economy, and this is particularly relevant given the current prominence of the devolution agenda in Yorkshire.  We hope that these roundtable debates and the subsequent report will act as a catalyst for politicians, decision-makers, planners and other interested professionals to work towards creating a fairer and more efficient planning system.”

Amanda Beresford, partner at Shulmans LLP said: “Planning is key to addressing some of the most important issues we are currently facing including re-balancing the economy, addressing the national housing shortage and updating our infrastructure.

“It is therefore crucial that the planning system continues to improve to meet this challenge.

“I am delighted to support this event which will provide an opportunity to proactively engage in a debate that will help shape the next government’s planning agenda.”

Philip Barnes, group land and planning director at Barratt Developments said: “2015 will be the year when the jobs and investment flowing from housing market recovery really takes hold in regions like Yorkshire.

“It is vital we get a positive efficient planning system and process to provide creative support. Barratt is proud to sponsoring an important discussion on the local powers and policies which could deliver this.”

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