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Should we give communities more control over development?

Mustafa Latif-Aramesh

John Penrose MP

Shreya Nanda

Dr Riette Oosthuizen

Chair: John Myers

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Lunchtime Session

Tuesday 24th May, London: 13:10 – 13:45

Can street by street design codes support more connected, happier neighbourhoods AND more homes?


  • Mustafa Latif-Aramesh: Mustafa is a solicitor who specialises in planning, legislative drafting and parliamentary procedure. He was recently appointed as a Parliamentary Agent (a specialist parliamentary lawyer) – the youngest in a generation. Mustafa’s experience includes advising on street votes legislation, advising on the production of local plans and national policy, as well as acting for promoters of nationally significant infrastructure projects.

  • John Penrose: John Penrose was elected MP for Weston-super-Mare in 2005. He is currently Chair of Conservative Policy Forum, the Government’s Anti-Corruption Champion. In his recent report, Poverty Trapped, John Penrose MP sets out a series of proposals to break the glass ceilings and broaden the narrow gates which block people from rising to fulfil their true potential.

  • Dr Riette Oosthuizen: Riëtte is HTA Design LLP’s Partner responsible for Urban Planning. She has been leading HTA’s multi award winning planning team since 2007. She is an expert in residential development, design and planning policy with over 22 years of experience as an urban planning consultant.

  • Chair: John Myers: John Myers is Co-founder of the YIMBY Alliance, and Secretary of the London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies. He formerly worked as a lawyer and in finance. He campaigns for a better planning system to provide high quality housing and places with the support of local communities.

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