NATIONAL PLANNING SUMMIT 2018 

Maximising Sustainable Growth Opportunities 

08:45

Registration

09:30

Chair's Opening Remarks

09:35

Keynote Address - How The Government Intends To Help The Public And Private Sectors Work Together To Achieve Growth Through The Planning System

The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (invited)

10:00

Opening Panel Discussion - How Can We Get Housing Allocations And Permissions Built Out More Quickly?

Perspectives from applicants:

  • What are the challenges faced by developers and housebuilders across the country when it comes to turning allocations and permissions into completions? 

  • What differentiates allocated housing sites that attract the investment needed to ensure prompt build-out from those that do not

  • How local authorities can help developers to build schemes that deliver affordable housing while remaining viable

JOINT Q&A SESSION

Tony Pidgley CBE, Chairman, Berkeley Group

Gordon Adams, Head of Planning Battersea Power Station Development Company

James McConnell, Regional Planning Director,  Bellway Homes

Perspectives from local authorities:

  • How can planning authorities help to ensure that housing permissions and allocations are turned into completions as soon as possible?

  • What compulsory purchase tools and other levers can local authorities use to help accelerate house building rates?

  • How local authorities can help secure the upfront infrastructure needed to unlock housing sites

JOINT Q&A SESSION

Paul Barnard, Assistant Director for Strategic Planning and Infrastructure, Plymouth City Council

Rob Murfin, Chief Planning Officer Sheffield City Council

J11:00

City Regional Focus - Planning For The Future Of Greater Manchester, Greater Birmingham And Greater London

11:40

Networking Break & Morning Refreshments

12:00

Choose your breakout session

The following breakout sessions will allow delegates to delve deeper into the practical, day-to-day challenges of planning. Speakers will provide best-practice advice, case-study examples and top-tips.

10:40-11:35

CITY-REGIONAL STRATEGIC PLANNING           

1) HOW TO USE STRATEGIC CROSS-BOUNDARY PLANNING TO COORDINATE INFRASTRUCTURE AND HOUSING DELIVERY?

  • How can joint plans/cross boundary plans provide a more co-ordinated approach between infrastructure provision and housing supply

  • How does the government aim to incentivise cross-boundary planning through housing deals, and what sort of "strategic and zonal planning approach" does it expect in return?

  • Case studies : Oxford housing deal and city-region plans

PLANNING FOR DEVELOPERS      

2) HOW TO DELIVER SUFFICIENT AFFORDABLE HOMES WHILE KEEPING SCHEMES VIABLE

  • Understand the different types of product that can be incorporated into schemes as affordable homes, and how the government's plan to change the definition of affordable housing could affect  this

  • How can applicants work effectively with authorities to increase provision of affordable housing without undermining viability?

  • How can authorities help developers to meet the London mayor’s new requirement to deliver 35% affordable housing to qualify for the fast track viability assessment route?

  • The implications of government plans to make viability assessment simpler

  • The implications of the proposed new expectation that councils should grant permissions for unallocated sites on condition that a "high proportion" are offered for discounted sale to first-time buyers or for affordable rent

John Wacher, Strategic Planning Manager - Viability, Greater London Authority

Andrew Taylor, Director - Head of Planning, New Homes and Communities, Countryside Properties

PLANNING FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES       

3) LOCAL PLAN-MAKING: HOW TO MEET HOUSING NEEDS AND GET A PLAN THROUGH AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE

  • How will the new standardised methodology for calculating housing need be applied at local level? What will it mean for individual local planning authorities’ housing requirements?

  • What are the implications of the new statements of common ground? How will LPAs most effectively be able to produce these, and to pursue joint plan-making where this is directed by the government? What are the best ways of plans meeting the new tests of soundness?

  • Best practice examples of meeting the duty to cooperate and resolving issues of how to provide for unmet need

  • When is it appropriate to perform a green belt review? How can green belt releases, where necessary, be successfully taken through examination?

12:50

Networking Lunch 

13:25 - 13:45

Lunchtime Q&A - Update On the Latest Changes to NPPF

Choose your afternoon practical break out session from the following streams 

13:50

CITY-REGIONAL STRATEGIC PLANNING    

4) HOW NEW GARDEN TOWNS AND CITIES CAN BE BROUGHT FORWARD

  • What are the key strategic planning tools needed to bring forward large scale development and new settlements, such as new garden towns and cities

  • What powers and responsibilities would be available to the new generation of locally accountable development corporations that the government wants to lead five new garden towns?

  • What does the government require from areas that want to plan garden towns, and what does it offer in return?

  • How could the new generation of garden towns use land value uplift capture to fund the infrastructure needed to release land?

Katy Lock, Project and Policy Manager, (Gardens Cities & New Towns) TCPA

PLANNING FOR DEVELOPERS      

5) HOW TO USE 'LAND VALUE UPLIFT CAPTURE' TO PAY FOR THE INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDED TO ENABLE HOUSING GROWTH

  • The implications of the government’s recent pledge to be “smarter” about capturing land value uplift created by planning permissions

  • Update on the National Infrastructure Commission’s research into potential new mechanisms to capture land value uplift

  • What new powers public bodies been given by the Neighbourhood Planning Act to help local authorities acquire land needed for development and infrastructure projects, and therefore capture value uplift

  • How the HCA plans to use its compulsory purchase powers to help capture land value uplift and unlock housing sites

PLANNING FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES       

6) HOW COUNCIL PLANNING DEPARTMENTS CAN MAKE THE MOST OUT OF THEIR RESOURCES

  • How can councils planning departments best balance limited budgets?

  • How can local planning authorities secure innovative sources of income?

  • How can income from the newly increased planning fees best be spent to boost productivity?

  • How to tap into new planning delivery fund 

  • How to retain planners and attract new talents in local authorities

Anna Rose , Head of the Planning Advisory Service (PAS) , Local Government Association (LGA)

Choose your next practical breakout session from the following streams

14:40

 INFRASTRUCTURE                  

7) THE FUTURE OF THE COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY (CIL) AND FUNDING

  • The £5 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund: what kind of infrastructure that can unlock housebuilding will it support? What kind of plan-making will it support? What distinguishes the infrastructure schemes who won it from unsuccessful bids?

  • Planned changes to CIL: How does the government propose to speed up the process of setting and revising the levy to make it easier to respond to changes in the market? How does it proposed to set rates which better reflect the uplift in land values between a proposed and existing use? And what are the implications?

PLANNING FOR DEVELOPERS      

8) WINNING COMMUNITY SUPPORT: HOW TO ENGAGE WITH COUNCILLORS AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO SECURE PLANNING PERMISSIONS

  • How to address negative public perceptions about new development

  • Learn how to identify the key stakeholders to approach in order to secure planning approval

  • Understand how to involve communities in ways that help ensure that schemes meet their aspirations as well as the developer's objectives

  • How to use social media and other tools to engage with a wider array of community members including development supporters

Miles Price, Planning Director, British Land

PLANNING FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES

9) HOW PLANNING AUTHORITIES CAN IMPROVE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OF STAFF

  • Setting up an arms-length council-owned company to handle planning, allowing the council to compete more effectively with the private sector for well-qualified staff

  • How to take on apprentice planners

  • How to develop technical support officers to become qualified planners

  • Employing planning undergraduates before they leave university

15:15

Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments

15:50

How Are Infrastructure Providers Planning To Work With Developers, Landowners And Local Authorities To Deliver Growth?

Ignite Presentations - Planning for Emerging Technologies

  • What are the implications of emerging technologies for planning and transport, such as planning for driverless cars, battery storage, and broadband networks?

  • Have local authorities already started to plan for them, and if so how? How to have a planning policy framework which is responsive enough to take account of changing technology 

Nicola Yates , Chief Executive, Future Cities Catapult

Brett Leahy, Head of Planning, Milton Keynes Council 

16:55

Chair's Closing Remarks

17:00

Close of Summit