Robust And Deliverable Plan-Making in 2017:

Understand What Will Qualify As A Sound Plan Following The Housing White Paper

Tuesday 20 June 2017


Registration, Networking And Morning Refreshments


Chair’s Opening Remarks

Catriona Riddell,  Director,  Catriona Riddell & Associates Ltd


How To Calculate Objectively Assessed Housing Need In The Light Of The Housing White Paper

  • Best practice to produce the evidence-base on objectively assessed housing need: how to have the most up-to-date evidence to submit a sound plan
  • The proposed new standardised methodology for assessing five-year housing land supply: what does it mean for local authorities putting together or reviewing a local plan?
  • How will local authorities transition to the new system for assessing housing needs?

Derek Stebbing,  Consultant and Examiner, Intelligent Plans and Examinations (IPE) Ltd and Member, Local Plans Expert Group (LPEG)

Steve Barker,  Principal Consultant, Planning Advisory Service, Local Government Association


The Duty To Co-operate: Understand The Difference Between Plans That Do And Don't Meet It, And How Might It Change In Light Of The White Paper?

  • Best practice: gain practical tips and avoid pitfalls based on the experience and challenges faced by local authorities with a recently adopted plan that has been found to have met the duty
  • A new model? How will the statement of common ground, setting out how local authorities intend to work together to meet housing requirements that cut across authority boundaries, be applied in practice?
  • Sharing capabilities: how can local authorities best share their efforts and resources when working together to meet housing need?
  • Supporting strategic planning over more than one district

John Craig, Forward Planning, Housing Strategy and Development Manager, East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Liz Hobden,  Head of Planning, City Development and Regeneration,  Brighton & Hove City Council


Morning Break And Refreshments


What Makes A Plan Deliverable? Translating Plans Into Housing Completions

  • The new Housing Delivery Test: what will planning authorities need to do to meet it, and how will planning in their areas change if they do not?
  • What will planning authorities need to do to get their supply of deliverable housing land agreed for a year under the mechanism proposed in the White Paper? What opportunities and challenges this will present for applicants and authorities?
  • What constitutes a robust and deliverable Site Allocations Plan, and a robust site allocation in a neighbourhood plan?
  • Providing the deliverability of a plan: what does the government's proposal for openness and the availability of data mean for local authorities, landowners and developers?
  • Speeding up delivery: what can local authorities do to encourage the genuine delivery of housing and translate it into their local plans? What is the weight given by local authorities to the deliverability of sites?
  • Going beyond land allocation and consents: how can local authorities be proactive in delivering new housing and tackling the housing crisis?

James Stevens, Director of Cities, Home Builders Federation

Mark Aplin,  Planning Policy Manager,  Dartford Borough Council


Networking Lunch 


Effective Infrastructure Planning And Plan-Making: How To Fund And Deliver it

  • Providing a robust projection: how best can local plans consider and include policies that support infrastructure growth? How best to include transport requirements into your plan
  • Infrastructure capacity: how does it affect delivery and the spatial options of local plans?
  • The upcoming Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Review: what impact the review's proposals would have on council's infrastructure planning responsibilities?
  • Funding infrastructure provision: how can local authorities contribute to it with limited resources? How can local authorities combine funding routes and coordinate infrastructure investment? What is the evidence needed in terms of viability?

Gilian Macinnes, Planning and Placemaking Advisor, Gilian Macinnes Associate

Adrian Cannard, Director of Planning and Strategy, Greater Cambridge/Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership


How To Engage With The Wider Community During The Local Plan Process

  • Overcoming resistance to development: how to deliver a positive message to your local community
  • Best practice when it comes to the consultation process at every stage of the local plan process: what are good practices to apply and pitfalls to avoid?
  • How do councillors perceive the process? How can they help accommodate more housing?

Amanda Reynolds,  Director, AR Urbanism 


Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments


Best Practice Advice when It Comes To Ensuring That Your Local Plan Gets Adopted

  • The evidence-base: what are the basic requirements that local authorities need to meet in order to pass examination? How could evidence bases be acceptably slimmed down? What is the minimum acceptable to find a local plan sound? When is it considered out of date?
  • Local plan assessment: what are key lessons to be learnt from successful plans? What could be included at an earlier stage in order to ensure that a local plan succeeds at examination?
  • Why are plans failing, and what are the potential solutions?
  • Tips when it comes to reviewing a local plan

Mary Travers, Group Manager for Local Plans, The Planning Inspectorate


Chair's Closing Remarks