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Young Planners in Yorkshire

Ellen SandersonThe Young Planners' representative for Yorkshire is Ellen Sanderson-Clark.

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Young Planners' Networking Walk

  • Wednesday 30 August 2017
  • 12.30pm - 1.30pm
  • Start at Granary Wharf, Leeds
  • Free

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We would be delighted for you to join us to escape the desk and get some fresh summer air on a Networking Walk around Leeds City Centre.  This is an opportunity to meet new people and catch up with old contacts whilst stretching the legs and exploring Holbeck Urban Village, a part of Leeds City Centre which is undergoing major regeneration. 

The walk will begin in Granary Wharf, and will follow a route around the major regeneration sites in Holbeck and the South Bank for approximately 45 minutes, and end back at Granary Wharf where there will be an opportunity for a coffee stop if you haven't quite finished your conversations! 

This event will give you an opportunity to develop new, and existing relationships, reflect on development taking place in Leeds City Centre, generate new ideas, and relax, de-stress and re-focus.

This is a free event but places are limited so please book early.

Young Planners' Pecha Kucha with the President

  • Friday 15 September 2017
  • 12.30 - 13.30
  • Deloitte Real Estate, 1 City Square, Leeds
  • £6.00
  • For RTPI members

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Come and meet your RTPI President at RTPI Yorkshire Young Planners' informal and fun 'Pecha Kucha' lunchtime event. You'll not only have opportunity to network with the President, but also to put your presentation skills to the test!

What is Pecha Kucha? It hails from Japan and its ethos is centred on keeping presentations concise and fast paced. Images advance automatically between slides and you talk along, as much or as little as you like. With a strict 6/7 minute time limit to keep to, the key is to move along quickly and keep it light and to the point!

Don't worry, you dont have to present! But if the idea has caught your interest, please get in touch with Ellen Sanderson-Clark at

We want to keep the session Yorkshire focused, so if you have a 'burning desire' to talk about a project you're involved in, or the origins of the Yorkshire Rose (whatever floats your boat), please let us know!

The event will start with an informal lunch and networking from 12.30pm, followed by the presentations. It will provide you with excellent networking opportunities and a chance to catch up with acquaintances and meet new ones. 

River Boat Networking

  • Thursday 21 September 2017
  • 6.00pm - 9.00pm
  • Start at Canal Wharf, Leeds
  • £20 + vat

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We are pleased to invite you to attend our Young Planners' Summer Networking Event on an exclusive river boat trip along the River Aire to view Leeds City Centre from a new perspective with the Kirkstall Flyboat. 

The trip will begin and end at the boat's mooring at 26 Canal Wharf. The boat will leave dock at 6.30pm for an hour and a half cruise with a drink, and a selection of nibbles included in the ticket price to enjoy the sights with.

We offer you the opportunity to meet people with similar interests, debate and discuss issues with other young built environment professionals and build friendships and contacts early in your career. It's also an opportunity for students of built environment degree courses to meet and engage with young professionals.

This unique event will surely be a popular one, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Healthy, Happy Places and People: Planning for Well-being

The 2017 RTPI Young Planners' Conference

3rd - 4th November 2017, Manchester. Last few tickets remaining.

Take a look at the RTPI events calendar for more RTPI events.

Who's Who

We hope to see you at one of our events soon!

Interested in joining the Young Planners' Group?

You don't have to be a member of the RTPI to join the Group. It is free to register and open to all. If you would like to be added to the mailing list please fill in the online form or contact

What are the benefits of joining the Young Planners' Group?

  • Network with and meet people with similar interests
  • Debate and discuss issues with other young built environment professionals
  • Build friendships and contacts early in your career
  • Provide opportunity for students of built environment degree courses to meet and engage with young professionals

Young Planner of the Year

Congratulations to Luke Coffey, the RTPI's 2017 Young Planner of the Year.


Emma Lancaster

Emma Lancaster, our 2017 RTPI Yorkshire Chair, was the RTPI's 2016 Young Planner of the Year. 

On being told about her win, Emma said: "I am very passionate about what I do and I am grateful for the opportunities I have to shape the built environment and the future of the planning profession through my work. It therefore goes without saying, that I am incredibly proud to have been named the RTPI's Young Planner of the Year 2016. I look forward to the year ahead, and intend to use it to the promote the profession to the very best of my abilities."

Her manager, Tim Waring, Director at Quod, added: "We're all very proud at Quod of Emma's award. Her diligence, technical skills, and strategic approach to planning are evident in all she does, and her recognition by the RTPI is testament to the huge respect she commands amongst her clients, peers and colleagues."

Student Awards

RTPI Yorkshire Student Awards 2016

Congratulations to the winners of our 2016 Awards to outstanding students:

  • Leeds Beckett University: Maria Dychala
  • Sheffield Hallam University: Jessica Russell
  • The University of Sheffield: Nathan Makwana

Previous Events

2016 Young Planners' Conference

Last year's Young Planners' Conference was held in Belfast. Read more

RTPI Yorkshire Young Planners delivered a hugely successful sell-out conference in Leeds (11-12 October 2013).

YP gala dinner

The conference organisers at the Young Planners' Gala Dinner. From l-r:

Nick Pleasant, Matthew Turnbull, Neil Woodhouse, Meryl Leung, Clare Plant, Jennifer Winyard, Rob Moore