Pre Conference Networking Session
- Delegates can arrive from 8:30am when an informal breakfast is provided, and a chance to network with other attendees, before the conference starts at 9:30am
Morning Conference Session
- Chairman’s Welcome – Residential Planning in 2023, the arrival of the Levelling Up & Regeneration Bill and what has really changed.
- The Government Perspective on a new Direction of the Planning System
- How might things change under the new ministerial team and prime minister?
- How does the Government see the Levelling Up & Regeneration Bill improving the planning system and what is the overall timeframe for the proposed measures?
- What is new in Planning for Residential Development & where are the fundamental changes?
- What is the timeframe for the new infrastructure levy?
- What will the National Development Management Policies be?
- What is the goal for digitalisation of planning?
- What does ‘Levelling Up’ mean for planning & housing delivery?
- What will change and how does the practitioner view these changes?
- With Climate Change moving to the top of the political agenda, how are sustainability and environmental targets affecting Residential Development Planning?
- How is the planning system approaching embodied carbon, energy consumption and sustainability for new developments?
- What is the impact of the Environmental Act 2021 on Planning?
- How do we prepare for Biodiversity Net Gain and what will the requirements be? How do we plan strategically for future compliance?
- Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) – how are these affecting new build developments and what are the requirements?
- How have Nutrient Neutrality and Water Neutrality been affecting Residential Development across the UK and what can developers do?
- What is the role of Natural England and their calculations and how can the issue be addressed to unlock much needed housing development?
- How can Local Authorities have a modern professional approach to the Planning System that delivers Housing and economic growth to an area
- Where do Local Authorities stand on changes to the planning system proposed in the Levelling Up & Regeneration Bill?
- Local Plans & National Development Management Policies (NDMPs) – what is the local authority view?
- How are local authorities progressing with local plans and what is the timeframe for delivery?
- How will NDMPs work with local plans and how will the proposed system work in practice?
- What is the new interpretation of ‘material considerations’ when it comes to planning permission and could this make things more difficult for developers?
- How are local authorities approaching the local plan process and do we except it to increase housing delivery?
- With a shortage of resources in the public sector, what are the solutions to help the planning system and where does technology fit in?
- What kind of technology is being used and considered?
- How can we encourage positive engagement between the public and private sectors?
- What is the effect of a change of Government locally or nationally on the planning process in a practical sense?
Coffee & Networking
Midday Conference Session
- Developer Contributions and the new Infrastructure Levy – what is wrong and how does this improve it?
- The arrival of the new infrastructure levy – what can we expect, what will remain from the old system, and can we expect an uplift in delivery?
- What remains for section 106 agreements?
- What is a realistic timeframe for this to evolve?
- What do proposed reforms for the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) process mean for housing?
- What are the proposals from the Levelling Up & Regeneration Bill and how will they change the process?
- What is the aim and what is the reality?
- What are the likely impacts and how could the system be improved?
- The Role of the Planning Inspectorate in the modern Planning system
- How will the appeals system adapt to the Levelling Up & Regeneration Bill proposals?
- How can PINS speed up the process and how has the Rosewell Review been implemented?
- The Key Planning Decisions from the Last Year
- What significant Planning Appeal Decisions have there been & why are they significant?
- Which Court decisions & Secretary of State Decisions which affect planning do we need to be aware of and why?
- Which recent appeals and case law do developers and Local Authorities need to know about?
Networking Lunch Session
Afternoon Conference Session
- Developer Panel Session
- How do developers feel about the new proposed changes from the Levelling Up & Regeneration Bill?
- Are these viewed as an improvement?
- How could future interaction and initiatives between Private and Public Sector Planners be advantageous to the process and understanding each other’s role?
- How else can we break down Private & Public Sector barriers to improve the Planning Process?
- How do Developers feel about new technology in the planning sector – is it key to modernising and simplifying the process?
- Do developers see the new infrastructure levy as being better and more transparent than the current system?
- If you could propose one amendment to the new bill to Government, what would it be and why?
- The Levelling Up & Regeneration Bill and the vital role of public engagement – how can technology allow communities to have a meaningful say on development in their local area?
- How can we really engage the silent sectors of society who are pro development and give them a fair voice, and a chance for meaningful dialogue?
- What is the path to really grow support and understanding for new developments?
- How can technology & innovation be used to boost the process and how will we see this evolve in the next 5-10 years?
- The Viability Session – The Leading practitioners take us through the key issues following the arrival of the Levelling Up & Regeneration Bill, and the infrastructure levy, which will change the system fundamentally.
- Where are we with viability?
- What will the proposals from the Levelling Up & Regeneration Bill, and viability being assessed at the local plan stage, mean for the system as a whole?
- What does this mean for developers in the next 2-3 years and what steps should they take?
- What does the new infrastructure levy mean for Affordable Housing?
- How can values be set & negotiated and how and where can will it be delivered?
- How will the new infrastructure levy be collected and spent?
- How can infrastructure be funded in advance so that it is ready when developments arrive?
- Infrastructure Delivery strategies – how will LAs be accountable for how the levy is spent?
- How will the levy be distributed across the Country?
- What contributions in kind, such as a school, will count towards the levy?
Conference Close & Networking Drinks Session