Network Rail and Highways England planning chiefs to set out growth plans at summit

Planning chiefs from four major infrastructure providers including Network Rail and Highways England will brief delegates at next month's National Planning Summit.

Tom Higginson
Tom Higginson

The four infrastructure providers will speak on how they plan to work with developers, landowners and local authorities to deliver growth.

The speakers will include: Network Rail planning and land services director Tom Higginson; Highways England executive director for strategy and planning Elliot Shaw; Transport for London's strategic planning adviser Stuart Robinson and National Grid's programme manager for HS2 Chris Nunn.

Among the other topics to be covered at the summit, which takes place on Thursday May 10 and is organised by Planning magazine, are:

The proposed revisions to the NPPF. Steve Quartermain, MHCLG chief planner, will answer delegates’ pre-submitted and live questions on the National Planning Policy Framework revisions.

The government’s plans for helping the public and private sector to work together to achieve growth through the planning system. Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) director-general for decentralisation and growth Simon Ridley will deliver a keynote speech on this topic.

The implications of the government's proposed changes to section 106 planning obligations, the Community Infrastructure Levy and viability assessments. Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government officials Harriet Fisher and Chris Poulton will speak. Fisher is MHCLG's team leader on developer contributions, while Poulton is team leader on CIL and developer contributions.

How housing allocations and permissions could be built out more quickly, with contributions from Berkeley Group chairman Tony Pidgley CBE and Letwin build-out review panel member Prof Christine Whitehead

How planning chiefs in London. Bristol and Leeds are planning for the future of their city-regions, with speakers including London deputy mayor for planning Jules Pipe.

For more details of the event, and how to book places, click here

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