Exploring the Future of London

Rockwell are delighted that our Board Director and Head of Planning and Development, Jonathan Manns, was invited to co-Chair the prestigious Planning in London conference on 2 December.

The annual event, held in association with Cambridge University and the National Planning Forum, is one of the highlights of the calendar for those involved with the planning and development of the capital, attracting some 200 participants and with contributions from some of the most influential individuals in the industry.

At the end of what has been a unprecedented year, the conference bought together speakers including Lord Kerslake (Chairman, Peabody), Joanna Averley (Chief Planner, MHCLG), Andy Von Bradsky (Head of Architecture, MHCLG) and Lisa Fairmainer (Head of London Plan, GLA). They were there to debate the considerable changes facing the way in which development is managed in the future, from Covid-19 to the Government’s Planning for the Future White Paper and from the Building Beautiful Commission to the draft London Plan. Provocations were entertainingly provided by Paul Finch, Editor of the Architectural Review and Chair of the World Architecture Festival. In moderating the afternoon, Jon expertly teased-out key debates around the availability of land, delivery of affordable housing, design quality and the London Plan in what was a fascinating afternoon of discussion. Speaking afterwards he commented:

“It was a pleasure to take part in what is a consistently influential and high-calibre event. Opportunities such as this, which allow the industry to reflect and debate, are hugely important. What makes this event unique is that it provides a direct route by which this can be fed back to national and regional Government, making a meaningful contribution to the way in which policies are devised and adopted. The response from both participants and the audience has been exceptionally positive.”

A recording of the event is due to be made available online by Cambridge University, with a write-up in the January 2021 issue of Planning in London magazine.