The 2018 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 the country needs.
Richards will deliver a opening keynote address on the first day of the conference.
To read the full conference agenda, click here.
Here are six other reasons to attend:
1. Learn how to get more housing projects allocated, permitted and delivered. This year's Planning for Housing summit features three workshop streams 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. 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 the finalised NPPF 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 delivery director Mark Richardson 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 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 was made up of 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.
The Planning for Housing summit takes place on 9 and 10 October in central London.
For full details and to book your place, click here.