How can the right skills shape the built environment?

09 November 2015

On Thursday 5 November, the House of Lords Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment focuses its inquiry on planning policy, skills and education.


Thursday 5 November, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 10.10am:

  • Richard Blyth, Head of Policy, Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
  • Finn Williams, Director, Planning Officers Society

At 11.15am:

  • Ruth Reed, Former Past President, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
  • David Henry, Planning Director, Savills, appearing on behalf of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Possible questions

  • What are the principal reasons for skills and capacity shortages in planning and built environment professions?
  • How might the most talented individuals be attracted to public sector planning? How can local planning authorities attract talent without additional resources?
  • Beyond staff resources, what other tools are needed to support better place-making in the built environment?
  • How would a Chief Built Environment Adviser (or other advisers with specific remits on built environment matters) help to deliver better outcomes at a national level?
  • What initiatives are needed, at a national level, to promote the importance of resilience and sustainability in new buildings?

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