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Next steps for planning reform in England - delivering housing and infrastructure, zoning, and ensuring local engagement

Morning, Friday, 3rd December 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will explore priorities for the planning system in England and the implications of the Planning Bill, as well as discuss the policy priorities for delivering housing and community projects, fostering increased community engagement, and ensuring sustainable economic development.

Delegates will discuss these priorities in the light of recent policy developments, including the Bill’s predecessor, the Planning for the Future white paper, which outlined plans for simplifying planning frameworks, accelerating consultations and approvals processes, and increasing the power of local authorities.

This discussion will also be an opportunity to consider how the planning system can dovetail with wider policy priorities, such as those set out in the National Infrastructure Strategy and the Environment Bill.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from:

  • Lord Best, Member, Built Environment Committee
  • Lisa Fairmaner, (Interim) Head, London Plan and Growth Strategies, Greater London Authority.

The agenda is structured to bring out latest thinking on:

  • policy priorities for planning reform and alleviating long-term pressures on housing quality and supply in England
  • taking forward the Planning Bill and ensuring reform protects the environment and the local community, as well as delivers on the Government’s social and economic priorities
  • accelerating project delivery within current planning frameworks and dovetailing with London’s economic goals
  • priorities for zonal planning implementation, overcoming design challenges, and modernising infrastructure levies
  • setting codes on housing quality and design, ensuring safety, and boosting environmental net-gain


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from BEIS; the Climate Change Committee; Defra; the Department for Transport; the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government; the Office for Product Safety and Standards; Ofwat; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Abbey of St Edmund Heritage Partnership; Cornwall Council; Friends of Carrington Moss; Karbon Homes; South Downs National Park Authority; Thomson Environmental Consultants; and WWA.

A press pass has been reserved by a representative from RICS.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy,  as well as from relevant interest groups, representatives from the construction sector, the engineering sector, local planning authorities, infrastructure (including digital infrastructure), lawyers, housing developers and associations, academics, and others concerned with the issues discussed, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.   

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Lisa Fairmaner

(Interim) Head, London Plan and Growth Strategies, Greater London Authority

Lord Best

Member, Built Environment Committee

Keynote Speakers

Lisa Fairmaner

(Interim) Head, London Plan and Growth Strategies, Greater London Authority

Lord Best

Member, Built Environment Committee


Liz Twist

Member, Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee


Charles Collins

Head of Planning Thought Leadership Group, Savills

Laura Ambler

Vice Chair, Sustainable Growth Board, ADEPT; and Head of Regional Housing and Planning at the West of England

Paul Miner

Head of Land Use and Planning, Campaign to Protect Rural England

Victoria Hills

Chief Executive, Royal Town Planning Institute

Ben Castell

Town Planning Lead, AECOM

Philip Waddy

Chair, Expert Advisory Group on Planning, RIBA and Managing Director, WWA

Councillor Lisa Mitchell

Shadow Spokesperson on Environment and Housing, Southampton City Council

Philip Barnes

Group Land and Planning Director, Barratt Homes