PINS representative to speak at this week’s Planning For Housing conference

Rebecca Phillips, professional lead at the Planning Inspectorate, will take part in a panel discussion about the future of digital planning at the online Planning For Housing conference this Wednesday (11 November).

Phillips will join the panel alongside Holly Jones, director of planning and infrastructure at Wychavon & Malvern Hills District Council, and Mark Skilbeck, UK planning director, land and planning at developer Taylor Wimpey.

The panel will share lessons and best practice relating to the use of technology to keep the planning sector going during the Covid-19 crisis. They will discuss whether digitalisation would encourage more community engagement or further isolate certain members of society, and look at how digital data and processes can be standardised.

The online conference will feature government representatives, local authorities and developers, who are set to discuss the biggest changes facing the planning sector, including how to mitigate the environmental impact of future developments. 

You can see the full agenda here.

As well as Phillips, other speakers on the day include: 

  • Christopher Pincher, minister of state (housing, communities and local government) at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)

  • Euan Mills, digital transformation manager at MHCLG

  • David Bainbridge, director at Savills

  • Bridget Rosewell, a member of the government task force that advised on the planning white paper, and senior adviser at Volterra Partners

  • Philip Barnes, group land and planning director at Barratt Developments

  • Lewis Herbert, leader of Cambridge City Council

  • John Wacher, strategic planning manager - viability at the Greater London Authority

  • Gilian Macinnes, planning and placemaking advisor at Gilian Macinnes Associates and interim head of planning and development at Ashford Borough Council

  • Victoria Lee, lead programme manager at The Design Council

  • James Scott, group director of strategy and planning at Urban&Civic

  • Olafiyin Taiwo, planning consultant at the London Borough of Ealing

The event, which is sponsored by Barratt Homes, will run from 9am to 5:30pm on 11 November, and will include panel discussions, presentations and case studies. Attendees will be able to network with the speakers and more than 120 of their peers, including local authorities, developers and planning consultants. 

They can also revisit every moment with the on demand service, which will be available for three months after the event.

Find out more about Planning For Housing or book your place here

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