Thursday 29 September 2016
How Can Planning Help Meet The Need For One Million Homes By 2020?

Breakfast Briefing Registration

09:00 - 09:30

Breakfast Briefing – Spotlight On Recent Appeal Decisions

Hosted by 

Simon Neate, Chairman, Indigo Planning


Registration (for those not attending the breakfast briefing)


Welcome From Planning And Chair’s Opening Remarks

Alice Lester MBE, Head of Planning Advisory Service, Local Government Association



Planning To Meet Housing Need: How The Government Will Help The Private And Public Sectors To Deliver

Gavin Barwell MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning and Minister for London


Opinion Piece: Politics Of Planning

Andrew Howard, Chief Executive and Founder, HardHat



A Force For Good

Tony Pidgley, Chairman of the Berkeley Group, talks about housing standards, affordable targets, and the power of planning and placemaking to be a force for good in society.

Tony Pidgley, Chairman, The Berkeley Group


Networking Breaks And Morning Refreshments



A Place With A Plan Is A Place With A Future

Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner, talks about Greater Manchester’s ambition to build over 11,000 new homes a year, the critical role of planning at the city regional scale and its contribution to the wider devolution agenda being pursued.

Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner



What Does The Starter Homes Initiative Mean For You?

  • How do Starter Homes affect local planning authorities’ calculation of affordable housing need? How can councils continue to provide other forms of affordable housing in the Starter Homes era?

  • What is the impact of Starter Homes on applicants? How can they manage the impact of Starter Homes requirements on cash flow, risk and their appeal to investors?

  • How do the Starter Homes exemption criteria work? What must applicants and local planning authorities be able to prove to ensure sites are eligible?

Terry Fuller, Executive Director - East and South East, Homes and Communities Agency

Philip Barnes, Group Land and Planning Director, Barratt Developments Plc


Breakout Sessions

These hour-long breakouts will allow delegates to delve deeper into the practical, day-to-day challenges involved in planning for housing. Speakers will provide best-practice advice, case-study examples and take-away tips. Choose from:

A: VIABILITY ASSESSMENT: How To Build A Robust Approach To Viability And Successfully Negotiate It

  • Best practice: how can developers and local authorities assess viability in a way that is fair to both parties?

  • How can developers contest obligations that they feel to be unviable, now that appeals against refusal to vary obligations have been discontinued?

  • How new procedures for resolving disputes about planning obligations will work

  • The pros and cons of public disclosure of viability assessments, and the implications for applicants and authorities

  • The implications of CIL and section 106 contributions on viability

  • How to treat benchmark land values in viability assessments

Tony Mulhall,  Associate Director, RICS Land Group

Joseph Ward,  Team Leader, Development Viability, London Borough of Tower Hamlet

Gilian Macinnes, Planning and Placemaking Advisor, Gilian Macinnes Associates

B: DELIVERING HOUSING ALONGSIDE STRATEGIC INFRASTRUCTURE: Maximising The Potential Of New Infrastructure To Meet Housing Need

  • How the National Infrastructure Commission will seek to coordinate the timing and delivery of new infrastructure with the delivery of new housing

  • How the Government’s Garden Villages, Towns and Cities Programme will support infrastructure investment and deliver housing growth

  • How can the Government support quick delivery of regeneration and developments schemes around transport hubs - Focus on the Northern Gateway Development Zone

Louise Wyman, Head of Garden Villages, Town and Cities , Homes and Communities Agency

Iain Gilbey, Partner, Head of Planning and Environment, Pinsent Masons

Mark Parkinson, Economic Development and Planning Policy Manager, Staffordshire County Council

C: INCREASING HOUSING LAND SUPPLY: Guidance, Best Practice And Lessons Learnt

  • The Local Plans expert group’s proposals: what measures should be taken on board? What is the industry’s reaction to these recommendations? What would involve revising the five year housing land supply annually?

  • How do you distinguish genuinely developable sites from those that are not?

  • What is the government doing to encourage local planning authorities to work with developers on their five year housing land supply? To what extent does having a five year land supply can resist development on unallocated sites?

  • How could the preparation of a brownfield register and the permission in principle (PiP) in the future help deliver more homes?

  • Housing delivery tests: how do they operate and what do they mean for you?

Sara Whelan, Group Manager, Development Management, Dacorum Borough Council

Craig Dixon-Goode , Head of Utilities, TEM Planning

Carol Clarke, Head of Planning and Engagement, TEM Planning


Networking Lunch


Move To Your Next Breakout Session – Choose from D, E or F:

Choose from:

D: THE GREEN BELT AND OTHER PROTECTED AREAS: When Do They Have A Role To Play In Housing Delivery?

  • The proposed NPPF changes: the opportunities and threats that would be presented by rule changes around neighbourhood plan green belt allocations and green belt brownfield sites

  • Where in the country is green belt developement being allowed, and why?

  • What to inspectors and councils classify as exceptional circumstances that justify green belt developement?

  • How have planning authorities that have persuaded insepctors that their green belt, protected area or other envionmental constraints prevent fully meeting housing need, gone about it   

Ian MacLeod,  Assistant Director- Regneration,  Birmingham City Council

Vicky Fowler, Partner,  Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

E: NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING: Its Implications For Housing Growth

  • What do government plans to further strengthen neighbourhood planning mean for housing delivery

  • What are the implications of Neighbourhood and Planning Bill for planning authorities, developers and local communities

  • What new requirments will be places on planning authorities to support neighbourhood planners

  • What role of neighbourhood plans in addressinng housing needs in the absence of a local plan or wher a local plan is out of date

Anna Rose,  Director, Planning and Transport,  Milton Keynes Council

Glenn Godwin,  Executive Director,  Pegasus Group

F: AFFORDABLE HOUSING: How Can We Deliver It More Efficiently?

  • Why hasn't the delivery of affordable housing recovered sinse the recession?

  • How can we sort out the NPPF viabiltity game?

  • What would a new approach look like?

Mike Kiely, Chair,  Planning Officers Society Board

Ellie Smith,  Planning Manager,  Orbit Homes


The Role Of Compulsory Powers In Unlocking Sites For Large Scale Developements

  • Opportunties and challenges

  • The recent changes - and what is likely to happen next

  • What is needed to make a difference for housing deivery

Richard Guyatt,  Partner,  Bond Dickinson LLP  and Chair,  Compulsory Purchase Assosiation


Networking Break And Afternoon Refershments


Panel debate - What Does Brexit Mean For Planning For Housing?

Emma Cariaga, Project Director for Canada Water, British Land

Cllr Keith House,  Deputy Chair of Environment, Economy Housing, Transport (EETH) Board, Local Government Association (LGA)

Bob McCurry,  Planning Director, Barton Willmore

Ian Fletcher,  Director of Policy (Real Estate), British Propery Federation


Keynote Address: Delivering Homes In London: What The New Mayor's Strategy For Housing Means For Planning

Jules Pipe,  Deputy Mayor of Planninng, Regeneration and Skills,  Greater London Authority


Closing Keynote Address: How Can We Get House Building Right?

Ken Livingstone, The First Mayor Of London


Chair's Closing Remarks

17:40 - 18:30

Drinks Reception