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.

It will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the Planning White Paper outlined in the Queen’s Speech, expected to be released in the next few months.

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.

Delegates will 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 - recently reintroduced to parliament, which includes provisions to ensure biodiversity net gain in new housing developments; and
  • The National Infrastructure Strategy, which is expected to be published alongside the Government’s first budget.

Speakers and chairs

There will be keynote addresses from:

  • A senior speaker confirmed from 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; Andy von Bradsky, MHCLG; Patrick Clarke, AECOM and Tracey Coleman, Guildford Borough Council.

The chair for part of this conference is Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure and Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group on London’s Planning and Built Environment.

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.

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: MHCLG; Homes England; Planning Inspectorate; Infrastructure and Projects Authority; Environment Agency; BEIS; Cabinet Office; DCMS; Defra; DfT; Geospatial Commission; Health and Safety Executive; Ofgem; Office of Road and Rail and OSR.

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