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A year of women in The Planner

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Since International Women's Day 2017 we've increased our own efforts to feature the voices of women in the pages of The Planner (and on this website, of course) – as commentators, writers and interviewees. Here's a short round-up of our favourite pieces that highlight the voices of women over the last year

April 2017

Q&A: Five minutes with... Dr Mary Keeling

The business development executive with IBM is a smart cities expert and gave a thought-provoking presentation at the RTPI convention in June. We caught up with her before the event and asked about how planning can harness technology to create better places.

May 2017

Interview: Janice Morphet

Janice is a doyenne of British planning and one of just 11 female fellows of the RTPI. We spent a very enjoyable couple of hours with her talking about her London childhood, how cities change and the potential impacts of Brexit. This was one of our favourite pieces from 2017.


June 2017

Legal landscape: To build more houses we need to think small

Bernadette Hillman is both a partner with law firm Shakespeare Martineau and the RTPI's honorary secretary and solicitor. She put the case for the planning system to make more effort to support small builders on small sites. It looks as though the Secretary of State for Housing listened...

July 2017

Green infrastructure is good for society, so why do we struggle to fund it?

The TCPA's projects director Julia Thrift wondered why – when there is so much evidence for its benefits – we can't seem to create good funding mechanisms for green infrastructure.

August 2017


Legal landscape: The case against fracking

Estelle Dehon of Cornerstone Barristers has represented the Preston New Road Action Group in a legal action against fracking in their community. She explained why she thinks hydraulic fracturing is not the future.



Invest in infrastructure to boost business confidence

Jane Gratton is head of business environment at the British Chambers of Commerce. She stressed the importance of taking into account the needs of business and economy when planning for new infrastructure – particularly in a post-Brexit world. 

September 2017

Naked Truth: How Naked House is addressing the affordability crisis

A double whammy: built environment journalist Francesca Perry interviewed Rachel Bagenal (and Neil Double), planners turned developers with Naked House.

October 2017

Land use for the common good

October's issue was devoted exclusively to the case for (and against) land reform in the United Kingdom. Kate Swade of Shared Assets, the land-based community development organisation, explained why more land should be owned and managed by communities.

November 2017

A world in motion: How young planners are delivering well-being around the world

Another piece by Francesca Perry, this time for our young planners' issue, featuring interviews with young planners (men and women) from all over the world about how they're factoring well-being into their work.



Legal landscape: What's the point of assets of community value?

Hayley Gore DLA Piper argued persuasively that assets of community value offer little value to communities, landowners or developers.

December 2017

Hearts and minds: An interview with Anna Rose

The new head of the Planning Advisory Service told us about growth, good performance and femal role models.



January 2018

Legal landscape: Why CPOs are unlikely to break the bank

The government suggested in the Autumn Statement that compulsory purhcase orders could be used to put a stop to land banking by developers. Vicky Fowler, planning partner with Gowling WLG and chair of the Compulsory Purchase Association, and Toni Weston, director of planning with Gowling WLG, explained why this is not a particularly good idea.

February 2018

How often do you think about walking?

Susan Claris, associate director in the Transport Consulting Group at Arup, explained why factoring 'walkability' into urban planning creates more liveable environments.

March 2018

Interview: Amy Lamé, Night Czar

Writer, broadcaster, comedienne, LGBT campaigner – Amy Lamé is also London's first Night Czar, charged with ensuring the city caters to all of its citizens at night. A major interview at the heart of our inclusivity issue.