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Future place

Future Place

What is Future Place?

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), Local Government Association (LGA) and Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) have launched Future Place: a joint, two-phase initiative which will unlock place-making potential at local level through quality in design, future thinking, and knowledge sharing.

The programme has been designed to promote best practice and the potential of innovative delivery, design and funding models, cross-sector collaborations capacity building, and knowledge sharing at a local level.

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What are we looking for?

During the first phase, Future Places, we invite local authorities to put in writing their overarching vision (emerging or finalised) for an area and how they are currently working across their programmes to deliver the wider ambitions of the local authority by creating great places. We encourage joint submissions from adjoining local authorities within strategic planning areas and entries across England from a diverse range of types of places, administrations and contexts (high/low density, urban/rural/coastal). We accept submissions at different stages in the process; from strategy through to completion.

The selected teams (up to five) will each then appoint two upcoming future leaders from within their council and/or other sector partners in the locality to take part in the second phase, Future Place-Makers. This capacity building programme will help the Future Place-Makers to achieve their current place-making ambitions and other visions in the future.

Why enter?

Selected Future Places will be announced at MIPIM, the International Property Market (Cannes, March, 2019), as part of the UK Government Inward Investment programme, receiving international coverage. They will also be given the opportunity to appoint two Future Place-Makers for the second phase, capacity building programme. A Future Place digital platform, will be used to share knowledge at a local level, throughout the process.

The selection process

The selection of Future Places will be over two stages.

Stage 1: Expressions of interest are to be completed before 18:00 on Tuesday 22 January 2019. Entries submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. The selection panel comprised of representatives from each of the project partners will review the entries.

Stage 2: 10 to 15 local authorities will be invited to submit further information if required. The panel, chaired by the President of the RIBA, will be composed of the Presidents of the RTPI and CIH and an LGA Adviser. This panel will select a maximum of five local authorities whose visions will become the 2019 Future Places who will be invited to participate in the full programme.

The selected Future Places will achieve a representative balance of geographical location, types of place, political administration, scales.

How to enter?

We are inviting local authorities to submit an initial Expression of Interest to be considered for the Future Place programme. Please send  a maximum of two sides of A4 with the following information:

  • How do you aim to deliver the wider ambitions of the local authority through place-making?
  • Please detail how joint working arrangements - including cross sector – help you achieve the above ambitions.
  • Please detail where you have got to with your vision, how the vision will be developed in the next 12 months and how the opportunity would be used to achieve meaningful change in the next 10 years.

Please also include your contact details and the endorsement of your lead officer and/or portfolio holder. All submissions will commit to appoint two young leaders from inside their council and/or other sector partners.

Please send to by 18:00 on Tuesday 22 January 2019. Applicants must include their contact details and demonstrate they have already agreed corporate buy-in/support from relevant lead officer(s) and/or portfolio holder(s). Applicants will commit to appoint two young leaders from inside their council and/or other sector partners.


The Future Place programme is free to enter. 


13 December 2018: Launch/Expressions of Interest

22 January 2019: Close of Expression of Interest and request for further information

11 February 2019: Close of stage 2 selection process

18 February 2019: RIBA, RTPI, CIH and LGA meeting to select up to five Future Places.

13 March 2019:  Announcement of Future Places at MIPIM, and LGA Annual Housing, Planning and Infrastructure Conference, London

May 2019: Selection of Future Place-Makers

June to October 2019: Future Place-Makers programme

Want to find out more?

For further information please contact Carmen Mateu-Moreno, Future Place Project Manager.

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