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Lunchtime discussions focused on the planning system, kicking off with a presentation from Wendy Shillam of the planning and policy group. The group will be meeting with civil servants this week to feed its ideas into the planning system review.

Richard Murphy called for a positive approach to planning and suggested looking to Australia for inspiration. In Sydney, the mayor can intervene with private development on sites of public concern, and open up the design process through competition.

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