London viability chief to speak at tomorrow's Planning for Housing conference

The head of the mayor of London's new viability team is to speak at tomorrow's Planning for Housing conference.

GLA: new viability unit at work
GLA: new viability unit at work

John Wacher has responsibility for the development of strategic policy and guidance on viability at the Greater London Authority (GLA).

He worked on the final version of the mayor’s recently published Affordable Housing and Viability Supplementary Planning Guidance and reviews viability assessments for applications that are referable to the mayor.

Wacher will speak at a session on how the mayor intends to use the new viability guidance.

Here are nine additional reasons to attend tomorrow's conference:

1. Hear Department for Communities and Local Government developer (DCLG) contributions team leader Harriet Fisher provide an update on the government's proposed approach to viability assessment, as well as the implications of the proposed Community Infrastructure Levy reform.

2. Listen to DCLG chief planner Steve Quartermain deliver a keynote speech, setting out how the government wants the public and the private sectors to drive up the delivery of new housing, and plan for it.

3. Grasp the implications of the planned new standard method for assessing housing need, and the annual agreement of housing land supply, in practical workshops featuring Local Plans Expert Group chair John Rhodes.

4. Hear how the government's housing agency intends to help increase the pace of housebuilding on surplus public sector land. Homes and Communities Agency director of accelerated construction Stephen Kinsella will speak.

5. Learn how to engage with elected members in ways that help rather than harm your chances of securing permission

6. Find out how to secure site allocations in local plans, explained by Pegasus Group director Jim Bailey and Home Builders Federation's Andrew Whitaker

7. Hear how to finance the infrastructure needed to support housing growth, in a session featuring National Infrastructure Commission chief executive Phil Graham and Transport for London property development director Lester Hampson

8. Learn how to use public-private joint ventures to deliver more housing, with case studies from the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and elsewhere

9. Understand how to enable small housebuilders and custom builders to deliver more homes, with presentations from Cambridge City Council/South Cambridgeshire DC, the Federation of Master Builders and others

The event takes place on Wednesday (4 October). 

For more details, and to reserve a place, visit the conference website.

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