The Saturday Morning Planning School

The Saturday Morning Planning School

The planning system is a complex world of jargon-filled regulations, inscrutable maps and emotionally charged meetings. It is inhabited by an unseemly mixture of politicians, developers and consultants, with ordinary local people often bearing the brunt of their deals in the high streets and neighbourhood roads where we live. It is often blamed for blighting our beloved places with ugly buildings, and yet is similarly accused of holding back the development we need to meet pentup housing demand.

Planning is one of the most visible and potent outworkings of our democracy. It is the forum that safeguards by law our rights as citizens to influence the places we live and work in the city.

How then do we engage with the planning system? Why did some parts of London end up the way they did? What (or who) are the main forces at work in shaping urban form? How can we value the past while thinking about London's future? The Saturday Planning School will be a forum for discussing these issues in the midst of a rapidly changing London. As the city sees unprecedented changes in infrastructure provision, physical growth and demographic change, what does a well-functioning planning system look like?

Over five weeks, experts at the coal face of shaping London will be discussing the workings and challenges of London's planning system through the lens of scale - successively scrutinising the site, the neighbourhood, the borough and the city with an interlude on density and housing.

Planning School


Dates Saturdays, 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 September 2018
Location London Metropolitan University
The Cass, 16 Goulston Street, E1 7TP
Aldgate East (District, Hammersmith & City lines)
Cost £5 individual sessions / £20 block booking
Block booking details thelondonsociety
*Block booking discount expires on Friday, 31 August
Contact Jane Clossick


Date/timesTitleSpeakersLocationBook now
Saturday 1 September 
The Site Dr. David Knight & Guy Rochez Goulston Street Register
Saturday 8 September 
The Neighbourhood  Dr Jan Kattein & David Barrie Goulston Street Register 
Saturday 15 September
Density and Housing  Claire Bennie & Lorraine Hughes  Goulston Street Register 
Saturday 22 September
The Borough  Patricia Brown & Dr Jessica Ferm  Goulston Street Register
Saturday 29 September
The City  Mark Brearley & Euan Mills  Goulston Street Register 

Block booking details

*Block booking discount expires on Friday, 31 August