The Big Debate: the next London Plan

17:30 – 20:30

Friends House, 173 Euston Road, NW1 2BJ

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How do we build a great city for Londoners in a period of major growth?

Have your say on the future shape of the capital at this major free debate on the next London Plan, organised in partnership with leading London associations.

Expert panels including Deputy Mayors, built environment professionals and leading commentators will present new ideas and thinking on issues ranging from where London’s growth is located; to the delivery of higher-density neighbourhoods; to delivering better streets and spaces.

Audience members will be able to engage through Q&A sessions and regular polls throughout the evening to share their thoughts on the topics being debated.

With up to 1,000 built environment professionals, academics and community representatives in the room, this will present an unrivalled ability to gather an expert response to the Mayor’s desire for good growth.


17:30     Arrivals
17:45     Where should London’s growth take place?
18:25     How should we approach densification and design in housing?
18:55     How can we deliver better streets & public spaces?  
19:25     How do we provide the right spaces to enhance London’s economic activity?
19:55     Where should we have more tall buildings in London? 
20:30     Close


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Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor, Planning, Regeneration and Skills
James Murray
, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development
Fiona Fletcher-Smith, Executive Director of Development, Enterprise and Environment, GLA
Ben Plowden
, Director of Surface Strategy and Planning, TfL
Colin Wilson, Strategic Planning Manager, GLA
David Montague CBE,
Group Chief Executive, L&Q and Chair of G15 
Yolande Barnes, Head of World Research, Savills 
Heather Cheesbrough
, Director of Planning and Strategic Transport, LB Croydon 
Ben Derbyshire, Chair, HTA Design LLP and RIBA President Elect
Loyd Grossman, Chairman, Royal Parks
Chris Choa
, Director, Cities and Urban Development, AECOM 
Lucy Musgrave
, Director, Publica
Robert Evans, Partner, Argent and Chair of New London Sounding Board 
Sarah Cary
, Head of Sustainable Places, British Land 
Emily Gee, London Planning Director, Historic England 
Gordon Ingram
, Senior Partner, GIA 
Oliver Wainwright
, Architecture and design critic, Guardian 
John Bushell
, Principal, KPF
Paul Karakusevic
, Partner, Karakusevic Carson Architects
Jonathan Stoddart
, Senior Director, CBRE Planning
Lisa Taylor, Chief Executive, Future of London
Ben Rogers, Founder, Centre for London
Charles Begley, Executive Director, City Property Association
Esther Kurland, Director, Urban Design London
Peter Murray, Chairman, NLA and London Society

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