Wednesday 7 December 2016
The implications for local growth so far and looking ahead

Draft Agenda: Subject to change 

Registration And Refreshments



Chair's Opening Remarks

Professor Michael Parkinson CBE, Special advisor to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Liverpool


Keynote Address: Planning for Local Economic Growth In A Post-Brexit Britain 


Panel Discussion: What Does Brexit Mean for The Wider UK Economy? The Implications of Brexit For Inward Investment:

  • Attracting foreign direct investments: where should Britain concentrate its efforts and focus its assets in the wake of Brexit? What should be the main message from Britain post-Brexit?

  • Impact on investor confidence: what does Brexit change for foreign investors? What are the implications of the devaluation of the pound on investment? Is the UK still seen as a gateway to EU markets?

  • How can local authorities be proactive in how they use planning tools to make their areas attractive to potential investors?

  • What support or powers is the government planning to put into place for local businesses?

  • How can councils support businesses and develop solutions in order to equip and retain businesses in Britain?

James Sproule,  Chief Economist and Director of Policy,  Institute of Directors

Mark Littlewood, Director General, Institute of Economic Affairs

Nigel Wilcock,  Director, Institute of Economic Development


Networking Break & Refreshments


A New Funding Environment: The Future Of European Structural And Investment Funds

  • How will the UK'S withdrawal from the EU affect the availability of funding for economic development, physical regeneration, and infrastructure projects?

  • What is at risk? Are current funding streams still going to be secured until 2021 or are they in jeopardy? How far do Treasury guarantees go towards easing concerns over a loss of European structural and investment projects?

  • Thinking forward: how can the UK still fund its projects? What are potential new mechanisms that will replace EU Funding? What relationship between the devolution agenda and LEPs as having a stronger role in replacing it?

  • How can practitioners respond to emerging alternative ways of funding?

  • What will be the implications for major infrastructure projects including, HS2, the Nothern Powerhouse, the Hinkley point C power station and the London airport decision?

Round Table Discussions - Learn From Potential Scenarios: Explore Challenges And Be Better Prepared


The Future Of Labour Market And Its Effect On Local Businesses

  • Statistics and analysis at a national level: what is the total value of EU immigration? Is this value going to be retained or transferred?

  • To what extent will Brexit affect local existing businesses and communities?

  • What are the main opportunities and threats for cities? What are the potential mitigations?

Paul Swinney, Principal Economist, Centre for Cities

Tim Thomas, Director of Employment and skills Policy, Engineering Employers' Federation (EEF)


Chair's Closing Remarks


Networking Lunch 


Registration (for those attending the afternoon sessions only)



Chair's Opening Remarks

Duncan Sutherland, Regeneration Director, Sigma Capital Group plc


Keynote Address: The Impact Of Brexit On Planning and Housing Policy


Calculating Housing Need In A Post-Brexit Period: What Brexit means for Plan-Making

  • How could Brexit affect population change and household growth?

  • What would less immigration mean for household projects and calculations of objectively assessed housing need?

  • How should local planning authorities and applicants respond?

Panel Discussion

Housing Market: How Are Housebuilders And Developers Reacting To Brexit?

  • What are the shorter and longer-term implications of Brexit for the property and development market?

  • How would Brexit impact on the delivery of affordable housing?

  • In the case of a slowdown, how can planners help maintain development activity?

Janice Morphet, Visiting Professor UCL Bartlett School of Planning, UCL

Susan Emmett, Director, Savills Residential Research


Networking Break & Refreshments


Roundtable Discussions - Learn From Potential Scenarios: Explore Challenges And Be Better Prepared


What Are The Implications Of Brexit For Environmental Regulations And Planning Legislation?

  • What does Brexit mean for environmental regulations that have derived from European directives? Will Brexit result in a bonfire of environmental regulations?
  • What does Brexit mean for the future of environmental impact assessments - Would EU requirements stay after Brexit? Will they be based on EU Directives?
  • What would the likely practical implications of any changes be, for applicants and authorities?
  • To what extent will UK planning rules still be affected by EU institutions and international conventions post-Brexit?

Chairs' Closing Remarks


Close of Conference