Planners Network UK are organising a nation-wide event on Tuesday 24th May in Birmingham as below, looking at the future of planning in the UK.

All are welcome, but please book so they have some idea of numbers.


Beyond con-dem nation: towards an alternative agenda for planning

As part of its wider targeting of local government and public services the con-dem government’s attack on planning has begun to take shape.  Whilst there are marked contradictions in the reform agenda, there are worryingly few voices publically arguing for planning. Following from a successful event in March in London, this meeting will consider the threat to planning from a range of different geographical perspectives, and how PNUK and others can best campaign for a more just planning system and society.


Venue: Millennium Point, Curzon St., Birmingham, B4 7XG (near city centre)

Time and date: 10.30 am-4pm, Tuesday 24th May, 2011

Cost: £10 to cover cost of lunch (we also hope to make a small travel fund available to assist anyone who genuinely can’t afford to make it)



10.30-12.30 Session 1: perspectives from the south, the midlands and the Celtic fringe

Speakers:            Peter Studdert (lately of South Cambridgeshire)

Geraint Ellis (Queen’s University Belfast)

Chris Crean (Friends of the Earth West Midlands)

12.30-13.15 Lunch

13.15-15.30         Session 2: Workshop on the agenda for campaigning

Topics:  1.            How can we challenge the ‘evidence-base’ and influence of free-market economists to argue for a more just and balanced model of urban development?

2.            What alliances can planning and planners form to make the case for alternative views of planning?

3.            What instruments and tools can we use to achieve this?

15.30-16.00         Feedback and closing comments

16.00 Close


Planners Network UK is a collective of practitioners, students, academics and activists that want to develop and support critical thinking about the current state of planning in the UK (see This event aims to bring together those interested in assessing current challenges and attempting to articulate a progressive response. There will be plenty of space for discussion, and considering strategies for action. Places are limited.

To book email either Tim Marshall ( or Andy Inch (