How to get more homes allocated, permitted and delivered

October's Planning for Housing Summit, organised by Planning, offers practical solutions to the problems of getting more housing onto plans, through the decision-making process and built out.

This year’s Planning for Housing summit will provide a two-day masterclass in how planning authorities, developers and their professional advisers can work together to bring forward the housing that is needed. Delegates will hear from senior officials from central government and its agencies, as well as the event’s biggest-ever roster of private sector development chiefs and senior planning officers. Here are some of the benefits that you can expect to gain from the event:

1. Learn how to get more housing projects allocated, permitted and delivered. This year's Planning for Housing summit features three workshop streams (see panels on opposite page), each offering practical advice from experienced practitioners on how to get more housing sites allocated, more housing schemes permitted and more homes delivered.

2. Be briefed by senior officials on the implications of recent government planning policy changes. The revised National Planning Policy Framework is due to be issued by the end of this month. At the Planning for Housing summit, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) chief planner Steve Quartermain will take part in a one-hour Q&A session on that and other issues.

3. Hear leaders from major housebuilders, developers and other housing providers explain how innovative products can help meet housing need. Grosvenor Britain and Ireland chief executive Craig McWilliam, U+I chief executive Matthew Weiner and Peabody chief executive Brendan Sarsfield will discuss how the planning system can make the most of models such as modular construction and build-to-rent.

4. Understand how a change of government could affect how affordable elements of housing projects are financed. The Labour party has said that it would create an "English sovereign land trust" to enable the public sector to buy land more cheaply. Shadow planning minister Roberta Blackman-Woods will give a keynote presentation on land value capture, and how the planning system might address problems of land supply.

5. Find out how the government's infrastructure adviser is proposing that housing growth should be supported. The National Infrastructure Commission is due to publish its national infrastructure assessment this month. Its chief executive Phil Graham will explain to delegates how infrastructure should be planned to support the additional housing that is required.

6. Network with senior professionals from both the private and public sectors. The audience at last year's Planning for Housing summit included 35 per cent developers, 20 per cent consultants and 28 per cent local planning authorities. Some 60 per cent of delegates were from the private sector, and 40 per cent from the public sector.

Book by 13 July to secure a discounted rate

The Planning for Housing summit 9-10 October 2018. Venue: ILEC Conference Centre, London. Prices: From £499 + VAT, if booked on or before Friday 13 July. From £599 + VAT after Friday 13 July. For more details, visit:

Learn how to achieve...

More Allocations

How to find suitable sites for high- density housing in suburban locations. Greater London Authority London Land Commission senior manager Justin Carr and Transport for London property development director Lester Hampson will explain. They will also explore the opportunities for high-density housing presented by suburban transport hubs.

How to find small sites for housing. Southwark Council head of regeneration (Old Kent Road) Colin Wilson will explore how councils can meet the draft NPPF requirement that small sites should make up a fifth of their housing supply pipeline.


  • The implications for site allocation of the new standard method of assessing housing need
  • How you can demonstrate the ‘exceptional circumstances'’ justifying green belt release
  • How joint plan-making can help housing growth

More Permissions

How local authorities can set out a design vision for housing that local communities will support. Essex County Council design champion Peter Dawson will explain how local authorities can effectively set out their design vision. Design Council head of cities programme Tom Perry will discuss the tools available to develop design policies in conjunction with local communities.

How estate regeneration can be achieved with community support. Camden Council development director Neil Vokes will present a case study of the regeneration of the Bacton Low Rise Estate in Gospel Oak.


  • How to optimise density of development
  • How authorities can provide enough permissions for serviced plots to meet need for self-build homes

More Delivery

How the public and private sector can work together to get permissions built out more quickly. Homes England executive director for land Stephen Kinsella and Galliford Try Partnerships planning director Sara Parkinson are among those giving presentations.

How to adjust your approach to assessing viability and land value in the changed policy environment. Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) associate director Tony Mulhall, who provides best practice guidance for planners and surveyors on viability, will speak.


  • How to fund the infrastructure needed to support housing growth
  • How to maximise opportunities to deliver housing on public sector land
  • How to set up and resource council-led housing delivery bodies

Speakers include...

Central government, government agencies, government advisers and political leaders

• Steve Quartermain, Chief Planner, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government • Phil Graham, Chief Executive, National Infrastructure Commission • Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Shadow Minister for Planning and Local Government • Stephen Kinsella, Executive Director for Land, Homes England • Tom Perry, Head of Cities Programme, Design Council

Housebuilders, developers and other providers

• Craig McWilliam, Chief Executive, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland
• Matthew Weiner, Chief Executive, U+I • Julian Larkin, Group Planning Director, Redrow Homes • Sara Parkinson, Planning Director, Galliford Try Partnerships • Andrew Taylor, Director, Head of Planning, Countryside Properties
• Brendan Sarsfield, Chief Executive, Peabody • Colm Lacey, Managing Director, Brick by Brick
• Mark Hallett, Head of Custom Build, igloo Regeneration • Nick Cuff, Land Director, Pocket Living

Planning authorities and city-regional bodies

• Liz Peace, Chair, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation
• Justin Carr, Senior Manager - London Land Commission, Greater London Authority • Alice Lester, Head of Planning Transport and Licensing, Regeneration & Environment, Brent Council
• Heather Cheesbrough, Director
of Planning and Strategic Transport, London Borough of Croydon
Adrian Colwell, Executive Director
of Place and Growth, Cherwell and South Northants Councils • Colin Wilson, Head of Regeneration, Old Kent Road, Southwark Council
Lester Hampson, Property Development Director, Transport for London • Neil Vokes, Director of Development, Camden Council
• Stephen Kelly, Joint Director of Planning and Economic Development, Greater Cambridge • Daryl Phillips, Chief Executive Planning Lead, District Councils’ Network
• Peter Dawson, Built Environment Manager and Design Champion, Place Services, Essex County Council
• Rob Krzyszowski, Spatial Planning Manager, London Borough of Brent

Professional advisers

• Iain Gilbey, Partner, Head of Planning and Environment, Pinsent Masons • Anne Clements, Director, WYG • Simon Neate, Chairman, Indigo Planning • Ben Frodsham, Associate Director, Indigo Planning

Professional bodies, academics, think-tanks and media

• Janice Morphet, Visiting Professor, Bartlett School of Planning, UCL
• Ben Clifford, Senior Lecturer in Spatial Planning, UCL

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