In 1999 the National Housing and Town Planning Council (NHTPC) merged with the Housing Centre Trust and became "ROOM". On 28 August 2002 it merged with the RTPI.
One of the purposes of ROOM, is to bring different professionals, both public and the private, together with politicians, developers and service providers to have an open dialogue about housing issues and challenges.
ROOM seeks to encourage debate and dialogue through appropriate forums where experiences can be shared, practice improved, and policy developed – recognising the inter-relationship housing and regeneration initiatives have with the spatial planning system.
In 2015, The SWRTPI Regional Management Board wanted to re-invigorate "ROOM@RTPI" events in the South West given the seismic changes happening across planning and housing at a national level.
We didn't just want another conference focussed on housing but a series of master classes focussing on topical housing issues. We wanted the master classes to explore in more detail specific housing issues and be inter-active.
Over time we want to re-engage with Registered Providers, developers, politicians and planning, housing and regeneration professionals operating across the whole South West region.
South West "ROOM@RTPI" Events
The 4 events held in 2016 have looked at "Innovations in Housing Delivery", "Practical Solutions to Overcoming Barriers to Housing", "Housing and Infrastructure" and "The Role of Local Enterprise Partnerships in Housing Delivery".
In 2017 we have 2 events planned, both focussing on the key housing issues arising from the Housing and Planning Act 2016.
ROOM@RTPI Events Planned for 2017 are:
ROOM@RTPI – Housing and Planning Act 2016
Friday 24th March: 09.30 – 16.00 at Somerset County Cricket Ground, Taunton
In conjunction with Chartered Institute of Housing, detailed master classes focussing on key aspects of the Housing and Planning Act 2016. The master classes will explore the planning and housing challenges associated with delivering starter homes.
ROOM@RTPI Housing and Planning Act 2016
Tuesday 14th November: 09.30 – 16.00 at Plumer House, Plymouth Community Homes Offices, Plymouth
In conjunction with Chartered Institute of Housing, detailed master classes focussing on key aspects of the Housing and Planning Act 2016. The master classes will explore the implications of the planning reforms in the Act that relate to housing.
For 2017 we are introducing a new model for the ROOM@RTPI events. Due to their popularity we have now made them full-day events For half the price of a normal conference there is a charge of £45.00 per delegate. We are also limiting places to a maximum of five per authority/organisation to ensure that take-up is widely available.