Ten reasons to attend the National Planning Summit

Senior officials and top executives will speak at this year's event in central London on 10 May, with the one-day briefing taking the theme of 'maximising sustainable growth opportunities'.

This year’s National Planning Summit in central London on Thursday 10 May provides a one-day briefing on the most pressing issues facing applicants and authorities countrywide. The theme is "maximising sustainable growth opportunities". Speakers include six senior government officials and advisers, five top executives from private developers, nine local authority chiefs, four infrastructure promoters and three senior figures from the London mayoral team and its agencies. For the first time, there is a dedicated stream of "planning for development" workshops, aimed at housebuilders, housing associations, developers, investors, advisers and authorities.

Here are ten key reasons to attend:

Understand the implications for your organisation of the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) revisions. Steve Quartermain, chief planner at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), will answer delegates’ pre-submitted and live questions on the revisions.

Learn how to convert housing allocations and permissions into completions more quickly from an expert panel of major housebuilders and senior planning officers, including Berkeley Group chair Tony Pidgley, Bellway Homes -regional planning director James McConnell, Guildford Borough Council planning director Tracey Coleman and Sheffield City Council chief planning officer Rob Murfin.

Get to grips with the government’s plans for helping the public and private sectors to work together to achieve growth through the planning system. MHCLG director-general for decentralisation and growth Simon Ridley will deliver a keynote speech on this topic.

Prepare for the outcomes of Sir Oliver Letwin’s review – which will inform the final NPPF revisions – of how to convert housing allocations and permissions into completions more quickly, from speakers including Letwin build-out review panel member Professor Christine Whitehead.

Be briefed by senior MHCLG officials on the implications of the government’s proposed changes to section 106 planning obligations, the Community Infrastructure Levy and viability assessment. These will be discussed by MHCLG team leader (developer contributions) Harriet Fisher and MHCLG team leader (Community Infrastructure Levy and developer contributions) Chris Poulton.

Discover how infrastructure providers are planning to work with developers, landowners and local authorities to deliver growth across the country. Speakers include Network Rail director of planning Tom Higginson, Crossrail 2 strategic planning adviser Stuart Robinson and National Grid programme manager, HS2, Christopher Nunn.

Understand future plans for some of England’s biggest city-regions, with speakers including London deputy mayor for planning Jules Pipe, Bristol City Council planning director Zoe Willcox and Leeds City Council chief planning officer Tim Hill

Hear how authorities can help developers to meet the London mayor’s new requirement to deliver 35 per cent affordable housing to qualify for fast-track viability assessment from Greater London Authority strategic planning manager (viability) John Wacher and Countryside Properties director (head of planning) Andrew Taylor.

Grasp the evidence required for the Planning Inspectorate to be satisfied that a local plan complies with national policy. Planning Inspectorate group manager (local plans) Jerry Youle will explain what inspectors look for and their general approach to local plan examination.

1Find out the powers available to the new generation of garden settlement development corporations and what the government wants from the areas that would like to host them. Homes England director of strategy Louise Wyman will speak.


New for 2018 ‘Planning for development’ workshops

Specifically aimed at housebuilders, housing associations, developers, investors and the advisers and authorities that work with them, these workshops will include sessions on:

  • How to use land value uplift capture to pay for the infrastructure needed to enable housing growth.
  • How to engage with councillors and local communities to secure backing for planning applications.


Steve Quartermain, chief planner, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)

Simon Ridley, director-general, decentralisation and local growth, MHCLG

Christine Whitehead, emeritus professor in housing economics, LSE, and member of the Letwin build-out review panel

Tony Pidgley, chair, Berkeley Group

Harriet Fisher, team leader, developer contributions, MHCLG

Michele Dix CBE, managing director, Crossrail 2, Transport for London

Jules Pipe, deputy mayor of London for planning, regeneration and skills

Jerry Youle, group manager, local plans, Planning Inspectorate

Chris Poulton, team leader, Community Infrastructure Levy and developer contributions, MHCLG

Zoe Willcox, director of planning (growth and regeneration), Bristol City Council

Brett Leahy, head of planning, Milton Keynes Council

Andrew Taylor, director/head of planning, new homes and communities, Countryside Properties 

Louise Wyman, head of strategy, Homes England 

Tom Higginson, director of planning and land services, Network Rail 

Mike Derbyshire, head of planning, Bidwells 

Elliot Shaw, executive director for strategy and planning, Highways England 

Anna Rose, head of Planning Advisory Service, Local Government Association

Gordon Adams, head of planning, Battersea Power Station Development Company 

Sandra Roebuck, director of growth, planning and employment, London Borough of Lambeth 

Chris Nunn, programme manager, HS2, National Grid 

John Craig, forward planning, housing strategy and development manager, East Riding of Yorkshire Council 

Tracey Coleman, director of planning and regeneration, Guildford Borough Council 

Miles Price, planning director, British Land

Paul Barnard, assistant director for strategic planning and infrastructure, Plymouth City Council 

Nicola Yates, chief executive, Future Cities Catapult 

Rob Murfin, chief planning officer, Sheffield City Council 

James McConnell, regional planning director, Bellway Homes 

John Wacher, strategic planning manager, viability, Greater London Authority 

Catriona Riddell, director, Catriona Riddell and Associates 

Pete Ferguson, chief executive officer, Prospective

Stephen Kelly, joint director of planning and economic development, Cambridge City Council 

Katy Lock, project and policy manager (garden cities and new towns), Town and Country Planning Association

Tim Hill, chief planning officer, Leeds City Council 

Sue Manns, regional director, Pegasus Group 

Pat Hayes, managing director, Be First Regeneration


When and where

10 May 2018, ILEC Conference Centre, London


£349 + VAT Public sector
£499 + VAT Private sector

Further details 


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