Tuesday 28 February 2017 
Draft Agenda: Subject to change
09:15

Registration 

10:00

Welcome From Planning And Chair’s Opening Remarks

Richard Garlick, Editor, Planning & Placemaking Resource

10:10

Opening Keynote Address

How Does The Government Intend To Ensure That The Planning System Helps Deliver The Homes That The Country Needs?

10:35

Panel Discussion

MEETING LOCALLY IDENTIFIED NEEDS: How Can The Planning System Maximise Delivery Across All Tenures?

  • How does the government intend the planning system to maximise delivery of rented as well as market housing and discounted Starter Homes?

  • How are planning authorities working with the private sector to increase delivery of Starter Homes/private rented sector homes/affordable rented/social rented housing?

  • How can planning authorities boost affordable housing delivery without compromising viability?

Jeremy Hinds, Director, Savills

11:30

Networking Breaks And Morning Refreshments

11:50

Breakout Sessions

These breakout sessions 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: LOCAL PLAN REFORMS: What Impact Will They Have On Applicants, Authorities And Housing Delivery?

  • How has the government responded to the Local Plan Expert Group’s proposals to improve local plan-making?

  • How can cross-boundary co-operation on plan-making help to accelerate housing delivery?

  • What constitutes a proportionate and robust evidence base, including calculation of objectively-assessed needs and five year housing land supply

  • What do the housing elements of local plans have to demonstrate to meet the tests of soundness?

  • How will ministers’ new powers of ministerial allowing them to intervene in local plans affect local plan timescales and housing delivery?

Mark Robinson R, Assistant Director (Planning & Development), Rochdale Borough Council

John Craig, Forward Planning, Housing Strategy and Development Manager, East Riding of Yorkshire Council


B: INTENSIFYING BROWNFIELD DEVELOPMENT: The Opportunities And Challenges For Local Authorities And Applicants

  • How is government using the planning system to encourage authorities and incentivise developers to build on brownfield sites?

  • What does the new requirement for councils to draw up brownfield registers granting permission in principle for housing mean for authorities, applicants and landowners?

  • What are the implications of the government’s proposed “presumption in favour” of brownfield development?

  • How can planning authorities help to make the delivery of good quality housing on brownfield sites viable?


12:45

Networking Lunch

13:45

Move To Your Next Breakout Session 

Choose from:

C: GREEN BELT RELEASE: When Are They The Right Option For Housing Provision?

  • How constitutes the ‘exceptional circumstances’ required to justify Green Belt releases, according to government policy and recent decisions?

  • Learning from experience: how to successfully undertake a Green Belt Review, including managing the political risks

  • Ministers’ use of new powers of intervention to intervene in local plans that involve Green Belt reviews: lessons for authorities, developers and landowners


D: PUBLIC LAND ASSETS: How Can Councils Use Their Assets To Take A More Proactive Role In Delivering Housing?

  • How are councils using their land and assets to deliver new homes? What are the challenges facing planning authorities looking to start building council houses themselves or directly commissioning housebuilding, and how can they tackle them?

  • What role does the private sector have in enabling public assets to be used to boost housing delivery?

  • What tools do local planning authorities have to ensure that planning permissions are built out?

Stephen Hill, Atlas Northern Co-ordinator, Homes and Communities Agency


14:45

Move To Your Next Breakout Session 

Choose from:

E: THE VIABILITY CHALLENGE: How Public And Private Sectors Can Agree A Fair Deal Without Halting Development

  • Viability appraisals: how can councils and applicants be confident that they have agreed the right level of planning contribution? When is the right for authorities to be flexible?

  • What can be done to encourage development in low demand areas?

  • How can councils use their clawback mechanisms to assist schemes’ viability when market conditions are tough, while ensuring that developer contributions increase if the market improves?

  • How will the Housing and Planning Act’s new section 106 dispute resolution mechanism function?


F: INFRASTRUCTURE: How Can Transport Investment Help Unlock Housing In The North?

  • How can the promised government investment of £300m to boost northern transport connectivity be capitalised upon to release more homes?

  • What implications will the government’s cross-modal transport strategy for the North, and the strategy for the planned HS3 high capacity rail network connecting northern cities (due to be published in 2017), have for planning authorities, applicants and landowners?

  • What opportunities would the planned Trans-Pennine tunnel between Sheffield and Manchester create for housing delivery?

  • How can planning and related mechanisms be used most effectively to ensure that connections are provided to major new housing areas efficiently and cost-effectively?

Simon Warburton, Interim Transport Strategy Director, TfGM (Transport for Greater Manchester) 


15:40

Networking Break And Afternoon Refershments

16:00

THE IMPLICATIONS OF DEVOLUTION IN THE NORTH: How Will Devolved Planning Powers Impact Prospects For Housing Delivery?

  • What planning and related powers are being devolved, who to, when?

  • How do prospective city-regional mayors plan to use their new powers?

  • Will the new devolved planning powers help or hinder the delivery of more homes?

  • How would strategic plans going to be translated at local level? How can potential tensions between the new strategic bodies and local planning authorities be alleviated?

  • Case study: how will the Greater Manchester spatial framework, in combination with other mechanisms, help to improve delivery of homes in the conurbation?

Paul Beardmore, Director of Housing, Manchester City Council and Executive Director, Manchester Place

16:45

Closing Keynote Address

17:10

Chair's Closing Remarks