Conference Agenda

The agenda for the day will look at the key issues in Residential Planning

8.30am 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
9.20am Chairman’s Welcome – Residential Planning in 2023 – Levelling Up & Regeneration

Speaker: Roger Hepher, Director, HGH Consulting (Chair)

9.30am How have the Government evolved the planning system in recent years and what can we expect from the Levelling Up & Regeneration Bill?
  • Will this improve the planning system and what is the overall timeframe for the proposed measures?
  • What might happen prior to the next election and afterwards?

Speaker: Steve Quartermain, Former Chief Planner & Director, Quartermain & Consultant, HGH Consulting

9.50am How do the Levelling Up & Regeneration Bill, plus changes to the NPPF evolve the planning system?
  • How does the industry view these changes?
  • What will be the effects of a change in Government on Planning?
  • Can we expect to see what we have seen on a local level at National level?

Speaker: Ian Anderson, Executive Director, Iceni Projects

10.10am The Role of the Planning Inspectorate in the modern Planning system
  • How will the appeals system adapt to the Levelling Up & Regeneration Bill proposals?
  • What can the inspectorate do to modernise the planning system and speed up the process?

Speaker: Paul Morrison, Chief Executive, Planning Inspectorate

10.30am 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?

Speaker: Clare Fielding, Partner, Town Legal

10.50am Questions for Steve, Ian, Paul & Clare
11.00am Networking Coffee Break
11.30am Public Sector Panel Session
  • 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?

Speakers: Lisa Fairmaner, Head of London Plan & Growth Strategies, Greater London Authority,
Jenifer Jackson, Chief Planning Officer, LBs of Richmond & Wandsworth,
Roger Hepher, Director, HGH Consulting (Chair)

12.05pm Where are we with the Pre-Application Process across the UK & how can this improve the speed and efficiency of decision making?
  • How do we improve the coordination between the LPAs and applicants and resolve issues?
  • How can we best use planning performance agreements?

Speaker: Frances Summers, Principal Planning Consultant, Capita Local Public Services

12.25pm 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?
  • 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?

Speaker: Claire Dutch, Head of UK Real Estate & Co-Head of Planning & Environment, Ashurst

12.45pm How do we prepare for Biodiversity Net Gain and what will the requirements be?
  • How do we plan strategically for future compliance?

Speaker: Annabel Graham Paul, Francis Taylor Building

1.05pm Questions for Frances, Claire & Annabel
1.15pm Networking Lunch Session
2.15pm Private Sector 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?

Speakers: Andrew Taylor, Group Planning Director, Vistry Group,
Nick Cuff, Chief Commercial Officer, Pocket Living,
Dr Riëtte Oosthuizen, Partner, Head of Planning at HTA Design,
Philip Barnes, Group Land & Planning Director, Barratt Developments,
Roger Hepher, Director, HGH Consulting (Chair)

2.50pm 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?
  • What is happening with Compulsory Purchase Compensation reforms?

Speaker: Iain Gilbey, Partner – Head of Planning, Pinsent Masons

3.10pm Questions for Iain
3.15pm 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 policy?
  • 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 is the impact on viability and affordable housing delivery?
  • How will the new system work in practice?
  • What are the technical rules?
  • what has changed since the white paper was published and where are we now?
  • How will the new infrastructure levy be collected and spent?
  • Where is the line between spending from general taxation and what infrastructure levy will be used for?
  • How will utility companies and other organisations apply for levy?
  • Infrastructure Delivery strategies – how will LAs be accountable for how the levy is spent?
  • How will environmental issues and site specific biodiversity net gain and neutrality be dealt with?

Speakers: Andy Leahy, Managing Director, Bespoke Property Group,
Anthony Lee, Senior Director, BNP Paribas Real Estate,
Jane Seymour, Development Viability Expert, Greater London Authority,
John Wacher, Strategic Planning Manager – Viability, Greater London Authority

4.00pm Questions for Jane, John, Anthony and Andy
4.15pm Closing remarks from the Chair
4.20pm Conference Close & Networking Drinks Session