The Bartlett School of Planning


UCL Second Local Infrastructure Planning Conference

10 July 2013

transport London

In 2011, the first UCL local infrastructure conference was held and over 120 participants attended. This concentrated on the emerging practice of local infrastructure planning.

The second Conference which was held on 21st June 2012, also attended by 120 participants and over 25 speakers and contributors focused on the relationship between local infrastructure planning and other spatial scales. The first part of the conference concentrated on infrastructure planning practices at the strategic and neighbourhood levels and the relationship of local infrastructure plans to them. The morning keynote sessions addressed the progress in the adoption and publication of Infrastructure Delivery Plans (IDPs) since 2011 (Morphet and also see attached research note). This was followed by a presentation by Andrew Carter, Deputy Chief Executive of the Centre for Cities who contextualised the role of infrastructure within a wider set of issues including the economy, employability and equity. The third key note address was from John Rhodes of QUOD who presented reflections and proposals for change on the current system of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). This was followed by there workshops - one on the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships and local plans in developing infrastructure planning, the second on funding infrastructure within a comparative setting of the UK, the US and the Europe. The third session was on the processes of neighbourhood infrastructure delivery planning as part of the emerging practices of planning at this scale.

The second part of the conference was focussed on the relationship between nation infrastructure planning and the local. The keynotes papers from the Chief Planner for Wales, Rosemary Thomas and the Assistant Chief Planner for Scotland, Graeme Purves provided a context for emerging practices within England and the third presentation from Keith Mitchell, Managing Director of Peter Brett Associates and on the Executive of the National Infrastructure Planning Association (NIPA) who gave a review of what has been learned so far about the national infrastructure planning system. These keynote papers were followed by three workshops - the first on CIL , the second on national infrastructure planning and the third on green infrastructure.

The Conference demonstrated the development of core role of local infrastructure planning over the last two years and its contribution to a range of other central activities at neighbourhood, strategic and national levels. 

To access some of the presentations and associated research paper please click on the links below: