Kate is Chief Executive of Britain's oldest charity concerned with planning, housing and the environment, the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA). She is responsible for leading the Association's efforts to shape and advocate planning policies that put social justice and the environment at the heart of the debate.
Kate joined the TCPA in early 2007 and was appointed Chief Executive in 2010. She has raised the TCPA's profile through a range of campaigns and policy initiatives, including chairing the TCPA-led Garden Cities and Suburbs Expert Group and the New Communities Group. In 2013 she co-wrote Planning out Poverty, a year-long research project with the Webb Memorial Trust which explored the overarching question 'how can we re-focus planning to be more effective in dealing with social exclusion?'
Kate is a member of the Government's 2016 Taskforce and Neighbourhood Planning Sounding Board, she has been on the Energy Institute London and Home Counties Committee since 2006 and in 2012 she was a commissioner on the Independent Commission on the Future of Council Housing in Southwark. Kate regularly speaks at conferences and writes for trade publications and journals.
Kate Henderson will explore the question ‘how can planning better secure greater social equity in our cities?’
Planning has become increasingly disconnected from peoples’ lives because it no longer deals with many issues that they care about. However planning can play a much more positive role by fully integrating with sectors such as regeneration and health and by reconnecting with issues that matter to local people.
The reinvention of ‘social town planning’, which has been effectively residualised for 30 years, requires a re-visioning of planning within wider social policy, rather than being left within a legislative cul de sac. During this session Kate will discuss whether we should reconsider of the role of planning and if so how do we ensure that the debate is framed by the undoubted capacity of planning decisions to impact on social exclusion, for better or worse – for example by creating easy access to work and recreation opportunities.