Morning, Thursday, 30th April 2020
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This conference will examine the next steps for planning policy in England which will take place in the context of the planned Government Planning White Paper outlined in the Queen’s Speech.
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:
- The expected Planning White Paper - which sets out government plans aimed at streamlining and speeding up the planning system;
- Implementation of the revised National Planning Policy Framework;
- The Environment Bill - set to be reintroduced to parliament following the Queen’s Speech - which includes provisions to ensure ‘biodiversity net gain’ in new housing developments; and
- The National Infrastructure Strategy, which is set to be published alongside the new Government’s first budget.
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, Head of Change and Delivery, Planning, Greater London Authority; David Jackson, Head of Planning, Savills and Charlotte Twyning, Consents Director, Heathrow.
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: Baroness 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.