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Key developments in planning policy in England - new housing, local plans, and accelerating the delivery of projects

Morning, Thursday, 30th April 2020



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

This conference will examine the next steps for planning policy in England.

It will be an opportunity to discuss priorities as officials prepare the Planning White Paper, including:

  • Challenges for accelerating the planning process;
  • Moving towards biodiversity net gain;
  • Developing local plans; and
  • Priorities for supporting the delivery of new housing.

Areas for discussion:

Streamlining the planning process - with the Government due to publish an Accelerated Planning White Paper - including:

  • the practicalities - and the impact on those involved in the process, including developers, local authorities, and communities,
  • increasing capacity and capability within local planning authorities support - and resources needed for implementation, and
  • what can be learner from other planning systems.

Local planning and delivering new and affordable homes - including:

  • how the types of homes being built can be diversified to meet housing needs, and improve the quality and design,
  • developing local plans and capturing land value,
  • affordable, green housing - supporting local delivery, and
  • mandatory biodiversity net gain - the impact of government policy.

Nationally significant, and regional and large scale, infrastructure projects - including:

  • tackling obstacles faced during the planning process,
  • priorities for balancing environmental, local, and economic interests, and
  • what can be learned from navigating the planning process, with a case study from a major project.

Developments that are relevant to the discussion:

As well as development of the Planning White Paper, it takes place with:

The agenda:

  • 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;
  • 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; and
    • 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;
  • 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.

Policy officials attending

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stake holders.

Particularly this one. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons, and officials from the BEIS; the Cabinet OfficeDCMSDefra; the Department for International Trade; the Department for Transport; the Geospatial Commission; the Health and Safety ExecutiveMHCLG; the Office for Statistics Regulation; the Office of Road and RailOfgem and the Planning Inspectorate.

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

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks
  • 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
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a permanent record of the proceedings is made available to all delegates afterwards, including a recording of the addresses, all available slides, and further materials
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • we are working on opportunities for delegates to interact and network - watch this space!

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

Keynote Speakers

Marie Southgate

Deputy Director, Land Use Policy, Defra

John Lloyd Jones

Chair, National Infrastructure Commission for Wales

Duncan Field

Partner, Town Legal

David Jackson

Head of Planning, Savills

Peter Kemp

Head of Change and Delivery, Planning, Greater London Authority

Dr Michael Bingham

Interim Chief Planner, MHCLG


Baroness Neville-Rolfe

Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure and Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group on London's Planning and Built Environment


Tracey Coleman

Director, Planning and Regeneration, Guildford Borough Council

Richard Blyth

Head of Policy, Royal Town Planning Institute

Patrick Clarke

Director, Masterplanning Lead, UK & Ireland, AECOM

Andy von Bradsky

Head of Architecture, Housing Supply and Planning Directorate, MHCLG