11:30 Welcome and Intro from the RTPI East Midlands webinar Chair, Steve Kemp, Director of OpenDesign
11:35 Dharmista Patel - Drawing on her perspectives as Chartered Town Planner and Design : Midlands Panel Manager
11:50 Angela Reeve - Exploring the mechanics and expectation for good urban design, and how to secure it from conception through to build.
12:05 Laura Alvarez - Use of design Tools in the decision making process -BfHL, NDG, MfS etc
12:20 Roisin Bartlett - An Inspectors View
12:50 Panel Q &A
13:00 Close and Round Up
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1625235744-c14fd1f9b3a5c197 RTPI Regions

1706096916-52b592a7c39c67a8 Steve Kemp MRTPI
Executive Director Open Plan

Steve is RTPI East Midlands Nations and Regions Panel representative. Steve re-joined the RMB/RAC in 2018 after a long “break”, having previously served on the regional committee back in the 2000s. For next year, he is taking on the role of East Midlands representative on the RTPI’s Nations and Regions Committee. Based in Lincoln, Steve heads up the plan-making and placemaking studio, OpenPlan, which operates mostly in two strangely diverse regions: the East Midlands and the West Indies (Caribbean). Steve is particularly interested in developing the application of spatial planning skills and insights to build resilience and adaptation to the impacts of climate change. He sees national and international knowledge sharing and transfer as being crucial to effective planning.

1706097055-46db496f1a6b0a34 Dharmista Patel MRTPI
Design:Midlands Design Review Panel Manager

Dharmista manages Design:Midlands Design Review Panel specialising in the promotion and recognition of design quality, providing timely design and engagement interventions across a range of projects. Dharmista is a Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI) with experience in development management, conservation, regeneration and urban design.

1706097129-b8c49b125e24a378 Dr Laura Alarez BArch (Hons) PG Dip MAUD UDGRP PhD
Urban Design Group East Midlands Convenor

Senior Principal Urban Design and Conservation Officer, Nottingham City Council, alkiki healthy, happy, places Co-founding Director, Urban Design Group East Midlands Convenor
Laura is the East Midlands Convenor for the Urban Design Group and was amongst the first recognised urban design practitioners in the UK. She is currently a Senior Principal Urban Design and Conservation Officer at Nottingham City Council, where she is developing the Design Quality Framework for the City. She has an active role in co-running the Urban Room.

1706097292-aaceb71be9de51c2 Angela Reeve
Senior Director at Turley

Angela is a Senior Director at Turley, and has over 19 years of experience as a town planner advising private and public sector clients on commercial and residential schemes across the UK. She has a strong track record in leading multi-disciplinary teams on complex planning applications and is adept at negotiating with local planning authorities to secure deliverable planning permissions. Angela has led advice on major regeneration, employment, and housing projects across the West and East Midlands, including Paradise, Port Loop and Blythe Valley Park.
Angela is a Trustee of Design Midlands, and sits on the Midlands Chapter of the BCO Committee.

1706097396-f9e6bdce5b4697cf Roisin Barrett
Planning Inspector

Roisin is a town planner, urban designer and historic building conservation expert. She has worked in both the public and private sectors, local and central Government and private practice. For the last 15 years or so she has been a planning inspector. Her caseload includes the highest level appeals casework, with a particular emphasis on design and historic building conservation. In addition, she carries out local plan examinations, having examined the current London Plan. Currently, she heads a team of Planning Inspectors dealing with the highest level appeals casework.

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