The annual event for key players within the public and private sectors to gather and address some of the most pertinent planning challenges related to housing in the Northern region and beyond.  

Through insightful panel discussions, practical breakout sessions and extended speaker Q&As, the conference will explore how the planning system can play a role in delivering enough housing in the North, and in meeting the growing demand for new homes in areas where we need them most.

Join fellow planning practitioners and hear from:

  • Top players in planning and housing from local and central government as well as the house building industry debating how the planning system can maximise delivery across all tenures

  • Expert advice on local plan making and the impact of local plan reforms on housing delivery, including detailed information on the evidence- based needed for a successful plan and how to calculate and secure a five-year housing land supply

  • Key stakeholders in the Northern region on devolution, discussing how strategic plans can be translated at local level and help deliver new housing  

  • Inspiring local practitioners will be sharing best practice examples of green belt release and  development on brownfield land

Make sure you don’t miss out on this chance to debate and share best practice with your peers next month!


Keynote: Sir Edward Lister 
Homes and Communities Agency

Philip Barnes
Group Land and Planning Director
Barratt Developments Plc

Deborah McLaughlin
Head of Manchester Office and Head of Housing Delivery and Strategy
GL Hearn – Part of Capita Real Estate

Gilian Macinnes
Planning and Placemaking Advisor
Gilian Macinnes Associates


'Very insightful event with some excellent contribution to a vital debate'
Pegasus Group

'Excellent sessions with well-informed and interesting speakers'
Leeds City Council

'Informative, Good range of speakers/views'

'Excellent event! Wide range of interesting speakers and topics from across the sectors'
North Tyneside Council

‘A wide variety of speakers, providing interesting debate on current planning and housing issues’
Morris Homes

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