Working Party for Planning & Infrastructure

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Planning Objectives

  • Review and summarise recent and relevant air quality research relating to land use and placemaking 
  • Improve planning statute, guidance and regulation to reflect air quality research fully 
  • ‘Home Buyers’ report to reference an air quality index

Guest Speaker: David Horsfall MRICS, Director of Property, Tyseley Energy Park

Chair for Planning & Infrastructure – Dr Louise Brooke-Smith OBE, FRICS, MRTPI

Louise has over 30-years’ experience across the property, land use and construction sectors within the UK and overseas. Previously a Partner of Arcadis LLP – UK Head of Development & Strategic Planning, she now holds numerous Non-Executive Directorships and advisory roles.

As the first female RICS Global President (2014-15), Louise led a series of groundbreaking property-related initiatives and championed diversity and inclusivity. She is a Freeman of the City of London and was National Construction Achiever (2015). Louise holds Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Wolverhampton, Sheffield Hallam and Birmingham City. Louise was awarded the OBE in 2019 for services to the built environment.

 In this era of COVID-19, there is a significantly increased awareness of the how the design and management of our housing stock directly relates to our mental and physical wellbeing. The air quality around our homes is paramount and our goal is to identify how planning policy and changes in regulations can directly respond to and influence air quality and the need for that quality to be as high as possible.

Dr. Louise Brooke-Smith, Chair of the Working Party for Planning