Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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

Morning, Thursday, 30th April 2020

Central London

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.


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;
  • 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.



Keynote Speakers

Steve Quartermain

Chief Planner, MHCLG

Marie Southgate

Deputy Director - Land Use Policy, Defra

Keynote Speakers

Marie Southgate

Deputy Director - Land Use Policy, Defra

Steve Quartermain

Chief Planner, MHCLG

Lindsey Richards

Head of Planning, Enabling and Design, Homes England

David Jackson

Head of Planning, Savills

Peter Kemp

Planning Change Manager, Greater London Authority

Charlotte Twyning

Consents Director, Heathrow

Chairs

Mark Prisk

Baroness Neville-Rolfe

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

Speakers

Claire Dutch

Partner, Hogan Lovells International

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