London is a complex, dynamic city which will grow to a ten million population by 2030.  The Mayor of London has a strategic plan for that growth which seeks to provide the homes, jobs and infrastructure for the city, with the boroughs having a key role in delivering those plans.

The UK’s planning system is at the heart of this, but faces challenges around:

  • how communities genuinely influence development in their area;
  • bold, difficult, long-term, strategic decisions about change often being unpopular;
  • development often being seen as negative; and
  • the tensions between economic, social and environmental outcomes from development.

Professor Tony Travers from the London School of Economics and Trudi Elliott CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute, will debate the value of our planning system in meeting the challenges of London and improving our borough for our successors.

Residents’ contributions to the debate on the night will be welcome.  The event will be held at Kensington Town Hall from 6.30pm on Wednesday, 7 December.  If you are intending to come along, please reply to so the Council has an idea of numbers.