Event Details

RIBA South West Small Practice Network #9: The state of planning

Location: Bristol

Start date: 26th October 2021

Start time: 16:00


The state of planning with Philip Waddy

For our ninth South West Small & Emerging Practice Meetup in 2021, we are delighted to welcome Philip Waddy of Waddy West.

Philip will start with a short summary focusing on planning matters addressing some of the recent initiatives coming out from government.


The introduction will be followed by a series of questions covering a broad spectrum of issues affecting the planning system. As well as those below, please use the space allocated for delegates to ask their own questions in the booking form.

  • Planning delays: why are they happening and what can we do about them?
  • Why is there so much inconsistency between the approaches of the local authorities?
  • Is it worth just appointing a planning consultant as the process is becoming more and more technocratic?
  • Permitted development:
  • Is it a good thing? And can good quality of design be an outcome?
  • What are the loopholes?
  • Planning use categories: are these as ambiguous as they appear?
  • Are planning outcomes becoming more difficult to predict?
  • Is the evidence base on which planning policy is based inherently biased?
  • Is planning too complete in its scope for reasonable and cost effective outcomes?
  • Should breaches of planning become a criminal offence?

Please do not hesitate to contact [email protected] if you have any queries.