Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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


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.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates