Paul Buchanan speaks at the RTPI 2014 Planning Convention

London BridgePaul’s central argument is that economic growth is coming primarily from cities. We have been witnessing this trend for the last 50 years and it looks as if it will continue. The dominance of cities is increasing in population terms and even more so economically. The planning industry needs to be thinking about how they can accommodate such dramatic growth in our cities.

Within cities, density is key to economic performance as well as to environmental performance. Ensuring both efficient and effective use of space and resources. Planners need to welcome this and plan to enable higher density, not to constrain it.

In an international, highly mobile and competitive world “nice” cities attract more investment and highly skilled labour. Quality of life in cities is critical to their economic future and an important means by which planners can help shape the future.

In explaining those points Paul drew strongly on Volterra’s key technical strengths in understanding city growth, density and agglomeration, quality of place and forecasting economic performance.

Image: Tower Bridge Sunrise by Marcus Holland-Moritz under license CC BY 2.0

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Ellie is a partner at Volterra, specialising in the economic impact of developments and proposals, and manages many of the company’s projects on economic impact, regeneration, transport and development.

With thirteen years experience at Volterra delivering high quality projects to clients across the public and private sector, Ellie has expertise in developing methods of estimating economic impact where complex issues exist with regards to deadweight, displacement and additionality.

Ellie has significant experience in estimating the economic impact across all types of property development including residential, leisure, office and mixed use schemes.

Project management of recent high profile schemes include the luxury hotel London Peninsula, Battersea Power Station and the Nova scheme at London Victoria. Ellie has also led studies across the country estimating the economic and regeneration impact of proposed transport investments, including studies on HS2 and Crossrail.

Ellie holds a degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Cambridge.