Conference to discuss Environment Bill and biodiversity net gain

A representative from the government's environmental protection agency is going to be speaking on the implications of the Environment Bill for applicants and authorities at next month's Planning for Housing conference.

Biodiversity: Environment Bill intended to help reverse decline in wildlife (pic: Sandrine Fouja, Flickr)
Biodiversity: Environment Bill intended to help reverse decline in wildlife (pic: Sandrine Fouja, Flickr)

The event, organised by Planning, takes place on 12 November in central London.

Hannah Hyland, a planning specialist at the Environment Agency, will speak at a session looking at topics including what the government’s Environment Bill could mean for local authorities and developers.

Meanwhile, Dr Stephanie Wray, managing director at consultancy RSK Biocensus, will speak at another session examining the potential impacts of biodiversity net gain.

Housing minister Esther McVey is also due to deliver a keynote speech at the conference.

The minister's speech will outline how the government intends to help the public and private sectors increase the quantity of housing allocated, permitted and delivered.

Other speakers so far confirmed for the conference include:

  • Mark Skilbeck, UK planning director, Taylor Wimpey
  • Kevin Parker, group masterplanning director, Redrow
  • Philip Barnes, group land and planning director, Barratt Developments
  • John Allen, head of strategic development - south, Commercial Estates Group
  • Guy Palmer, regeneration director, Metropolitan Thames Valley
  • Alex Robinson, director of development, strategic land, Grosvenor
  • Juliemma McLoughlin, chief planner at the Greater London Authority.
  • John Wacher, strategic planning manager - viability, at the Greater London Assembly

For full details and to book your place at the conference, click here.

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