On 10 May Public Practice convened an expert panel to discuss how local government is taking a place-based and long-term approach to renewal. With contributions from across disciplines and places by the following panellists:
- Miatta Fahnbulleh, Chief Executive of the New Economics Foundation
- Rafe Bertram, Sustainability Facilitator with Meridian Water in the London Borough of Enfield
- Mark Atherton, Director of Environment at Greater Manchester Combined Authority
- Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council
Take a look at the event recording and written summary to watch them share their thinking about how authorities can develop the capacity to build fairer, and more sustainable places through the recovery.
On 7 May 2021, a panel shared their experiences from the past year and how they expect engagement practices to develop based on these learnings. The panel comprised of:
- Verity Jane Keefe, a visual artist working in the public realm
- Deborah Efemini, Project Manager for Regeneration and Place at LB Lewisham
- Beth Murray, Keep Chingford Green Community Group, Waltham Forest
- Grace Crannis, Public Practice Associate and Senior Planning Engagement Officer at LB Richmond & Wandsworth
Catch up on the recording of the event and read a written summary.
Welcome to our sixth Public Practice cohort, 27 Associates across 16 Authorities, and taking our total number of placements so far to 176. The cohort is bringing a diverse set of multidisciplinary skills to boost existing teams and establish new ones in areas including civil engineering, digital transformation, green infrastructure, infrastructure design, real estate and sustainable drainage.
You can read more about the Associates here, with more to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
Architect and planner Pooja Agrawal is to take over as CEO of Public Practice, commencing work from the 21st of June.
Pooja brings with her experience from her current role at Homes England, as Assistant Director of Service Strategy, and from the Greater London Authority, where she served as a Programme Manager in the Regeneration Team for over four years.
Read the full release here.
We are pleased to introduce our latest cohort of Public Practice Associates who started on our programme this month. All kinds of built environment practitioners, and now all public servants are joining a wide-ranging group of local authorities and public bodies.
You can look at each of the Associate's profiles in more detail in our cohort section.
Read the first of our 4-minute short blog posts on Diversifying Planning with Public Practice Associate, Lauren Kehoe discussing how to set up more diverse panels with a better understanding of local people and places: How can we make sure design review panels represent the diversity of the communities they serve?
Last week Public Practice published our consultation response to the Planning White Paper, including findings from our recent planning capacity survey. The response focuses on skills and resourcing because, in our experience, it is the people more than the policies that make the biggest difference to what is delivered on the ground. We believe the White Paper has the potential to create better outcomes through planning, not necessarily as a result of legislative change, but by helping to transform the role of the public planner. But this will only happen if the new system is matched by a new national programme of investment to level up resourcing and enable planning authorities and communities to plan more proactively.
The consultation response sets out seven steps towards building capacity for proactive planning. Read the response in full here.
The RTPI has become an official partner of Public Practice, underlining both organisations’ aims to build additional public planning capacity, broaden the diversity of talent joining the profession, and move towards a new, proactive role for planning.
Public Practice Non-Executive Director Anna Rose says: “It is critical that we build both the capacity and capability of placemaking teams, ensuring sustainable growth of the professions moving forward. I welcome Public Practice partnering with the RTPI, planning and planners are central to the success of the Planning White Paper proposals.”
Read the full press release here.