Four days to the planning for housing summit

Next week's Planning for Housing summit, organised by Planning, offers practical advice on how applicants and authorities can respond to the revised national planning framework.

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. With the final version of the revised National Planning Policy Framework having just been published, many of the sessions will focus on how applicants and authorities can adapt to the new framework. Here are some of the key conference sessions that focus on the NPPF.

1. Understand the implications of the new standard method for assessing housing need. MHCLG official David Roberts will explain the new method, while London Borough of Brent spatial planning manager Rob Krzyszowski will set out how his authority plans to implement the method.

2. Put your questions about the new framework to the government’s chief planner. The MHCLG’s Steve Quartermain will take part in a one hour question and answer session on the NPPF and other issues.

3. Find out what the NPPF’s requirement that planning authorities "optimise" density of development will mean in practice. MHCLG architectural and built environment adviser Andy von Bradsky will explain, as part of a session on the opportunities and challenges presented by densification. London Borough of Croydon planning director Heather Cheesbrough will set out her authority’s approach to densification.

4. Discover how local planning authorities’ historic performance places them with regard to the new housing delivery test. The finalised NPPF introduces the new test in November. Indigo Planning’s Simon Neate and Ben Frodsham will provide a breakfast briefing on LPAs’ performance against the test criteria.

5. Hear leaders from major housebuilders, developers and other housing providers explain how innovative products supported by the NPPF can help meet housing delivery targets. Grosvenor Britain and Ireland chief executive Craig McWilliam, U+I delivery director Mark Richardson and Peabody chief executive Brendan Sarsfield will discuss how the planning system can make the most of models such as build-to-rent.

6. Learn how to comply with the framework’s emphasis on design quality. The finalised NPPF describes the creation of high quality buildings and places as "fundamental" to what the planning process should achieve. Essex County Council built environment manager Peter Dawson will explain how local authorities can most effectively set out their design vision and expectations. Tom Perry, head of the Design Council’s cities programme, will explain the tools available to develop design policies in conjunction with local communities.

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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 perform a green belt review. Mark Andrews, Coventry City Council planning and housing policy manager, explains how the authority last year adopted a plan that released enough green belt for 7,000 homes, and how it has worked with other Warwickshire authorities.


  • 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 • Andy von Bradsky, Built Environment Adviser, MHCLG • Angela Harrowing, Deputy Director, Office of Government Property, Home Office • David Roberts, MHCLG • Judith Atkinson, Strategic Director (housing), Local Partnerships • Tom Perry, Head of Cities Programme, Design Council

Housebuilders, developers and other providers

Craig McWilliam, Chief Executive, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland • 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 • Mark Richardson, Director of Delivery, U+I • Jim Fitzsimons, Special Projects Director, Stewart Milne Group • 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 • Stewart Murray, Strategic Director, Waltham Forest Council • Laura Ambler, Head Of Planning, West Of England Combined Authority • Patrick Conroy, Strategic Planning Policy Manager, South Gloucestershire Council • Mark Andrews, Planning Policy Manager, Coventry City Council

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 • Andy Meader, Director, Pegasus Group • Lucy Mori, Klmori 

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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