This series of online Roundtables aims to shake up the conversation about the proposed planning reforms, exploring alternative future scenarios.

We will bring together diverse actors in planning, design and development to debate, critically appraise and persuade.  Developed by Design South East, the future scenarios are based on the key proposals and will be shared in advance of the session.  Contributors will be asked to respond with a firm and provocative position for their imagined roles in the scenario.

Our first scenario looks at the role and responsibilities of Local Authorities.  We invite diverse voices to debate and assess how their planning practice might adapt in the context of local government.

  • How will planning transform, if at all?
  • What will you do and how will it differ to your practice today?
  • What will you contribute, produce and develop and why are local authorities best placed for this change?
  • What are the barriers and what stands to improve?
  • Who will you need to collaborate with more?

Crucially, how will your planning practice evolve to meet the aims of the reforms to establish “a more engaging, equitable and effective system” that delivers more and better homes?

The Roundtable will be chaired by Design South East Director, Chris Lamb, and will use the Chatham House rule.

Time: 08:45-10:00 (login from 08:35)
Date: Wednesday 21 October 2020
Venue: Online – via Zoom

Our Roundtables have a limited number of places and are therefore by invitation only.  If you would like to register your interest in future invitations please email:


Image: Rochester Riverside_courtesy of BPTW.