Morning, Thursday, 30th April 2020
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This conference will examine the next steps for planning policy in England.
Areas for discussion include:
- challenges for accelerating the planning process,
- moving towards biodiversity net gain,
- developing local plans, and
- priorities for supporting the delivery of new housing.
It is timed as an opportunity for policymakers and stakeholders to consider the issues against the backdrop of a range of major policy developments affecting the planning regime, including:
- Implementation of the revised National Planning Policy Framework;
- The Accelerated Planning Green Paper expected to be published soon, setting out government plans aimed at streamlining and speeding up the planning system;
- The recently published Environment Bill, which includes provisions to ensure ‘biodiversity net gain’ in new housing developments; and
- The National Infrastructure Strategy, which is set to be published in the next few months.
Speakers and chairs
There will be keynote addresses from Steve Quartermain, Chief Planner, MHCLG; Marie Southgate, Deputy Director - Land Use Policy, Defra; Lindsey Richards, Head of Planning, Homes England; Peter Kemp, Planning Change Manager, Greater London Authority; David Jackson, Head of Planning, Savills; Charlotte Twyning, Consents Director, Heathrow, and Claire Dutch, Partner, Hogan Lovells International.
Further confirmed speakers include: Richard Blyth, Royal Town Planning Institute; Patrick Clarke, AECOM; Tracey Coleman, Guildford Borough Council; and Andy von Bradsky, MHCLG.
The chairs are: Dame Lucy Neville-Rolfe, Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure, and All-Party Parliamentary Group on London's Planning and Built Environment and Mark Prisk.
- Government priorities for planning policy across England;
- Implementing the revised National Planning Policy Framework;
- The Environment Bill and wider approaches to environmental net gain through planning;
- Addressing the challenges in streamlining and speeding up the planning process;
- Supporting and accelerating the delivery of infrastructure projects:
- Overcoming legal obstacles for planning nationally significant infrastructure projects;
- Case study: navigating the planning process - balancing environmental, local, and economic interests;
- Delivering new and affordable homes - capturing land value, building the right type of housing, and engaging communities;
- Priorities for planning at a local level - developing local plans, achieving biodiversity net gain, and effective utilisation of permitted development rights; and
- Lessons to be learnt from alternative planning systems.
Engagement with policymakers at this conference
This Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum conference has attracted particularly strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: Defra; DfT; Environment Agency; Geospatial Commission; Government Legal Department; Health and Safety Executive; Homes England and MHCLG.