RTPI President, Phil Williams, visited the East of England Region on 21 and 22 April.
A packed itinerary had been organised to allow the President to see some of the exciting and challenging planning projects taking place in the Region.
A brief summary of his visit is below, which included visits to Hatfield, Stevenage, Mildenhall and Alconbury Weald.
Download summary of the visit.
21 April itinerary:
- Phil made a short presentation at our "Place Making" conference in Hatfield;
- He visited the Stevenage GSK and Bioscience Catalyst Campus;
- To mark the 70th year of Stevenage as a new town, Phil visited the Museum in Stevenage, to meet with planners and portfolio holders
- Phil met with RTPI Members and Young Planners at a Cheese & Wine Reception, kindly hosted at the De Havilland Campus by the University of Hertfordshire;
- To conclude the first day, an evening dinner was organised with RTPI Members, conference speakers and others who have helped to organise the first day of the visit.
22 April itinerary:
- The second day commenced with a meeting at the offices of Forest Heath District Council in Mildenhall to discuss the closure of MOD sites within the East of England - including Mildenhall and Barnham (in Suffolk) and Alconbury and Molesworth (in Cambridgeshire). This included a Combined Presentation to the President and the West Suffolk Property Board on RAF Mildenhall.
- To find out how Huntingdonshire District Council are dealing with the closure and redevelopment of the RAF site in Alconbury, the President enjoyed a tour of the new development taking place at Alconbury Weald and will hear from those involved including the developers, Urban & Civic.