Westminster Social Policy Forum

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Next steps for house building in England - policy developments, planning, investment, and innovation

October 2021

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will be an opportunity to assess a range of significant policy initiatives and developments affecting the sector, including:

  • the National Home Building Fund
  • the Levelling Up Fund and plan to Build Back Better in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • the Affordable Homes Programme
  • the Planning Bill, which was recently paused by the new Secretary of State
  • the Fire Safety Act 2021 and Building Safety Bill

We are pleased to welcome keynote contributions from Ann Bentley, Global Board Director, Rider Levett Bucknall; Richard Blyth, Head of Policy Practice & Research, RTPI;  and Councillor David Renard, Leader, Swindon Council; and Chairman, Economy, Environment, Housing and Transport Board, Local Government Association.

Areas for discussion include:

  • tackling barriers to housing delivery
  • supporting sector recovery from the pandemic
  • reforming the planning system to enable the delivery of more new homes
  • the role of innovation in design and construction
  • improving safety across the life cycle of a building


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons and officials from BEIS; the Cabinet Office; Defra; the Department for Education; the Department for Infrastructure, NI; the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities; the Department for Transport; HM Revenue & Customs; the National Audit Office; the Office for National Statistics; the Office of Product Safety and Standards; the Planning Inspectorate; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Bristol City Council; Cheltenham Borough Homes; Consilio Property; Flood Re; Friends of Carrington Moss; Global Garden; Ingleton Wood; Karbon Homes; Kensington and Chelsea Council; London Borough of Islington; Mid Devon District Council; Osborne Clarke; South Downs National Park Authority; South Oxfordshire District Council; Stockport Council; Stratford-on-Avon District Council; Tendring District Council; The Federation of Private Residents Associations; The Planning Inspectorate; University of Liverpool; and Ward Hadaway.

Press passes have been reserved by representatives from Construction News; Inside Housing; and RICS.

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 are 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

This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles