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Young planners speak out

As the 2015 Young Planners' Conference gets under way in Southampton, we feature the views of four of the organisers on the major themes of the conference: Designing successful places, the environmental balance and the politics of planning places.

Angela Moore, Horsham District CouncilYoung planners can lay the foundations of successful places

The places we live and work in form an important part of our lives, writes Angela Moore. How can we ensure we design places that are designed well and valued by those who use them? Read more.




Rupy Sandhu, South Coast Young PlannersBalancing act at the heart of environmental protection

In recent years we've seen the protection of the natural envrionemtn become a top priority, writes Rupy Sandhu. But how do planners weigh up the impact of development on the natural environment against the impact of development on the economy? Read more.



Daniel RamirezDevolution - the rebirth of strategic planning?

We could be about to witness a rebirth of planning at the strategic level, thanks to a new focus on regional devolution, argues Daniel Ramirez. Read more.




Lucy Seymour-Bowdery, South Coast Young PlannersWe can make planning more accessible to young people

Young people are disengaged from formal political and planning process, says Lucy Seymour-Bowdery. What can we do to change that? Read more.






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