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14-16 September 2018
New College Oxford

After Dinner Speeches


23 October 2014

The Saturday after-dinner speech at the Oxford conference is often an opportunity for some well-honed humour around planning and legal themes.

In 2014 former President of the American Planning Association and Chief Planning and Development Officer for the city of Raleigh in North Carolina and now Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Mitchell Silver delivered a passionate address emphasising the challenges that societies across the world face and the difference that planners and those involved with planning make.  

His focus was on the importance of understanding changing trends and the demands they make, of having an ethically driven planning system that emphasises equity as well as the economy and environment and for society to ‘fall in love with planning again!’

After heartfelt and prolonged applause following his address Cath Ranson, President of the RTPI presented Mitchell with honorary lifetime membership of the Institute.



The Oxford Planning Conference is an excellent opportunity to keep up, both with the new developments and thinking in a rapidly changing world and also with old friends and colleagues. It is a winning combination of education and sociability which I always make it a point to try not to miss.

Barrister, No 5 Chambers

One of the best planning law conferences in the annual calendar - you can always expect speakers who are both erudite and entertaining, professional organisation and an unparalleled opportunity to network in the bar and disco!

Principal Solicitor, Environment Agency

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