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The national conference for the Royal Town Planning Institute returns to London for the first time in 25 years. It ...
The national conference for the Royal Town Planning Institute returns to London for the first time in 25 years. It will be held at the Commonwealth Institute Conference Centre in Kensington, from Tuesday 15 to Friday 18 June.

The four-day event includes addresses and papers presented by leading names in the built environment professions - together with a wide range of workshops, study and walking tours and breakfast discussions.

On June 15, the main conference is preceded by an Urban Design Alliance seminar, which investigates the urban renaissance from different professional perspectives. Alternatively, delegates can take part in one of the two mobile 'lessons' about regeneration in North Kensington or Croydon, a walking tour of Kensington and Chelsea, or a choice of workshops back at the Commonwealth Institute.

The conference itself starts at 4.30pm with a plenary session opened by the mayor of Kensington and Chelsea. The session begins with a paper presented by Stephen Norris, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association, entitled 'How Sustainable Can You Get?' This will be followed by Lord Richard Rogers, chair of the Urban Task Force, who will report on 'Delivering the Urban Renaissance'.

Brian Raggett, president of the Royal Town Planning Institute, will then give his paper on 'Investing in the Future of Planning', and finally there will be a video address from the Royal Town Planning Institute's patron, the prince of Wales.

On 16 June 16, earlybirds can start the day with a breakfast discussion on 'Policies and Politics - Weighing up Objections'. This is followed by a repeat of Tuesday's workshops, and a choice of others on thought provoking subjects such as mediation in planning, urban density, and standards of probity for councillors on planning committees.

The afternoon will be taken up with a series of papers on transport issues, and this will culminate in an evening visit to the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden.

On June 17, the breakfast discussion will study 'The Role and Powers of Executive Councillors', and at 9.30am, Richard Caborn, minister of state for the regions, regeneration and planning, will present his ministerial address.

Later in the morning workshops will examine sustainable suburbs, urban leisure and historic towns, whilst in the afternoon they will include the future of cities and the role of private housing in regeneration.

Whilst there are further study tours on June 18 - to Westminster, Lambeth, the power stations and the dome at Greenwich - the main conference closes on Thursday at 4.30pm with an address from Nigel Waterson, shadow planning minister. For the Thursday evening conference dinner, the Royal Town Planning Institute is pleased to welcome guest speaker Ken Livingstone.

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