Meeting housing demand around the country is still the biggest challenge facing most planning professionals today. The onus on local authorities to produce and maintain up-to-date local plans, and run efficient development management services, is stronger than ever.
But there is also a new government drive for planning authorities to work with private sector partners to ensure that the necessary housing is delivered as well as planned for. As of this year, planning authorities will have to meet the new Housing Delivery Test set out in the Housing White Paper. The government has also set out proposals to put pressure on developers to build out permissions more quickly.
With much of the Housing White Paper still subject to consultation, local authorities and applicants have a pressing need to understand what the government's evolving planning for housing policy will mean for them. They also have a need for hard information about how other practitioners around the country are driving up housing delivery. This conference is intended to address those needs.
While the plenary sessions and workshop streams will take a cross-sectoral approach, there will also be, for the first time this year, a special Planning for Development stream. This is designed for housebuilders, housing associations, developers, investors and the authorities and advisers that work with them.
Here are seven reasons to attend.
1. Understand the Housing Delivery Test and other government policy changes affecting planning for housing. The event will explore the implications of the Housing White Paper and the proposed National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) revisions, and their implications for local planning authorities, landowners and developers. The Department for Communities and Local Government's chief planner Steve Quartermain will take questions on the proposed changes to the NPPF during the lunchtime question and answer session.
2. Explore the implications of the new standard methodology for assessing housing requirements, and the annual agreement of housing land supply, in practical workshop sessions.
3. Learn how public and private sector bodies are working together to speed up housing delivery through alternative housing delivery models and to bring forward small sites to attract smaller housebuilders. Hear London Borough of Barking strategic director for growth John East explain how the council aims to build 42,500 homes over 15 years through joint ventures. Gedling Borough Council's Joanna Gray will explain how the district has encouraged smaller developers by providing small sites.
4. Prepare for the likely impact of the planned reform of developer contributions on housing delivery. Pinsent Masons partner Iain Gilbey will examine the implications of the proposals of the government-appointed Community Infrastructure Levy review panel, and the government's planned reform of developer contributions
5. Discover how the infrastructure needed to support housing growth can be financed. Transport for London property development director Lester Hampson and Croydon Council executive director Shifa Mustafa will explore issues including harnessing land value uplift, the potential to fund infrastructure through business rate increases and more.
6. Hear how to successfully secure site allocations in local plans, explained by the Home Builders Federation Andrew Whitaker and Pegasus Group director Jim Bailey, in our new Planning for Development stream, offering practical advice for housebuilders, housing associations, developers, investors and the authorities and advisers that work with them.
7. Find out how to engage with elected members in ways that help rather than harm your chances of securing permission, explained by Cherwell Council leader Cllr Barry Wood and Milton Keynes Council leader Cllr Peter Marland. This session is also part of the new Planning for Development stream.
Key conference details
Planning for Housing
When and where: 4 October 2017, ILEC Conference Centre, London
Cost: £299 plus VAT before 25 August
Further details can be found at planningforhousing.com.