Tuesday 28 February 2017 



Welcome From Planning And Chair’s Opening Remarks

Richard Garlick, Editor, Planning & Placemaking Resource


Opening Keynote Address:

How The Homes and Communities Agency Will Help Local Planning Authorities, Developers And Social Landlords Increase The Pace Of House Building

Sir Edward Lister, Chairman, Homes and Communities Agency


Panel Discussion

MEETING LOCALLY IDENTIFIED NEEDS: How To Ensure Delivery Meets Need Across All Tenures?

  • What does the housing white paper’s “clear policy expectation” that councils seek to ensure that at least ten per cent of all homes on all but small schemes are affordable home ownership products mean for applicants and authorities?

  • How are planning authorities working with the private sector to increase delivery of Starter Homes/private rented sector homes/affordable rented/social rented housing?

  • How can planning authorities boost affordable housing delivery without compromising viability?

Sir Edward Lister,  Chairman,  Homes and Communities Agency

Rob Haslam, Director - Planning, Savills

Andy Farrall, Executive Director, Economic Regeneration, Growth & Environment, Warrington Borough Council


Networking Breaks And Morning Refreshments


Breakout Sessions

These breakout sessions will allow delegates to delve deeper into the practical, day-to-day challenges involved in planning for housing. Speakers will provide best-practice advice, case-study examples and take-away tips. Choose from:

A: LOCAL PLAN REFORMS: What Impact Will The Changes Proposed In The Housing White Paper Have On Applicants, Authorities And Housing Delivery?

  • Understand the implications of the standardised approach to assessing housing need proposed in the housing white paper, as well as other changes it suggests that affect planning for housing

  • How can the cross-boundary co-operation on plan-making proposed in the white paper help to accelerate housing delivery?

  • What currently constitutes a proportionate and robust evidence base, including calculation of objectively-assessed needs and five year housing land supply

  • What do the housing elements of local plans have to demonstrate to meet the tests of soundness?

  • How will ministers’ new powers allowing them to intervene in local plans affect local plan timescales and housing delivery?

Mark Robinson R, Assistant Director (Planning & Development), Rochdale Borough Council

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

B: INTENSIFYING BROWNFIELD DEVELOPMENT: The Opportunities And Challenges For Local Authorities And Applicants

  • How is government using the planning system to encourage authorities and incentivise developers to build on brownfield sites?

  • What does the new requirement for councils to draw up brownfield registers granting permission in principle for housing mean for authorities, applicants and landowners?

  • What are the implications of the housing white paper's proposed “presumption in favour” of brownfield development?

  • How can planning authorities help to make the delivery of good quality housing on brownfield sites viable?

Sarah Wozencroft, Associate Director, Indigo Planning

Kathryn Jump, Partner, Shoosmiths LLP


Networking Lunch


Move To Your Next Breakout Session 

Choose from:

C: GREEN BELT RELEASES: When Are They The Right Option For Housing Provision?

  • What constitutes the ‘exceptional circumstances’ required to justify Green Belt releases, according to government policy and recent decisions?

  • Learning from experience: how to successfully undertake a Green Belt Review, including managing the political risks

  • Ministers’ use of new powers of intervention to intervene in local plans that involve Green Belt reviews: lessons for authorities, developers and landowners

Andrew Marshall, Planning & Transport Strategy Manager, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Simon Latimer, Team Leader – Local plans, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Sarah Young, Associate Director of Planning, LUC

D: PUBLIC LAND ASSETS: How Can Councils Use Their Assets To Take A More Proactive Role In Delivering Housing?

  • How are councils using their land and assets to deliver new homes? What are the challenges facing planning authorities looking to start building council houses themselves or directly commissioning housebuilding, and how can they tackle them?

  • What role does the private sector have in enabling public assets to be used to boost housing delivery?

  • What tools do local planning authorities have to ensure that planning permissions are built out?

  • What opportunities are presented by the housing white paper proposal to ensure all authorities can dispose of land with the benefit of planning permission which they have granted to themselves?

Stephen Hill, Atlas Northern Coordinator, Homes and Communities Agency

Deborah McLaughlin, Head of Manchester Office and Head of Housing Delivery and Strategy, GL Hearn – Part of Capita Real Estate


Move To Your Next Breakout Session 

Choose from:

E: THE VIABILITY CHALLENGE: How Public And Private Sectors Can Agree A Fair Deal Without Halting Development

  • Viability appraisals: how can councils and applicants be confident that they have agreed the right level of planning contribution? When is the right for authorities to be flexible?

  • What can be done to encourage development in low demand areas?

  • How can councils use their clawback mechanisms to assist schemes’ viability when market conditions are tough, while ensuring that developer contributions increase if the market improves?

  • How will the Housing and Planning Act’s new section 106 dispute resolution mechanism function?

Jamie McKie, Senior Associate, Dentons

Philip Barnes, Group Land and Planning Director, Barratt Developments Plc

F: INFRASTRUCTURE: How Can Transport Investment Help Unlock Housing In The North?

  • How can the promised government investment to boost northern transport connectivity be capitalised upon to release more homes?

  • What implications will the government’s cross-modal transport strategy for the North, and the strategy for the planned HS3 high capacity rail network connecting northern cities (due to be published in 2017), have for planning authorities, applicants and landowners?

  • How can planning and related mechanisms be used most effectively to ensure that connections are provided to major new housing areas efficiently and cost-effectively?

Simon Warburton, Interim Transport Strategy Director, TfGM (Transport for Greater Manchester) 

Frank Orr, Legal Director, Bond Dickinson LLP


Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments


THE IMPLICATIONS OF DEVOLUTION IN THE NORTH: How Will Devolved Planning Powers Impact Prospects For Housing Delivery?

  • What planning and related powers are being devolved, who to, when?

  • How could prospective city-regional mayors use their new powers?

  • Will the new devolved planning powers help or hinder the delivery of more homes?

  • How would strategic plans going to be translated at local level? How can potential tensions between the new strategic bodies and local planning authorities be alleviated?

  • Case Study A: how will the Greater Manchester spatial framework, in combination with other mechanisms, help to improve delivery of homes in the conurbation?

  • Case Study B: how is Tees Valley planning to accelerate housing delivery through devolution?

Paul Beardmore, Director of Housing, Manchester City Council and Executive Director, Manchester Place

Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones, Director, Newcastle City Futures 

Martin Waters, Head of Homes and Communities, Tees Valley Combined Authority


Chair's Closing Remarks