• The Largest & Longest Running event on Resi Development Planning takes place on 28th September
  • Huge Audience from Across the Country expected on 28th September...
  • High level audience of Developers and Local Authorities expected at Viability & Planning event

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The conference takes place on Thursday 28th September 2017 at ETC Venues - St Pauls, London. 

This hugely popular Annual Conference is now in it's 10th year and is long established as a must attend event with Developers and Local Authorities from across the UK. It is by far the largest and longest running event on Residential Development Planning in the UK and attracts a sell out audience each year. We expect huge popularity again in 2017 so please book early to guarantee your places.

The 2017 National Conference has been completely updated to offer a fresh perspective on current Viability and Planning issues. If you are involved with Residential Development Planning Permissions then this is the event for you.


Conference Timetable




Welcome & Housekeeping from our Chairman

Roger Hepher, Director, HGH



Opening Address - The Government Perspective on the Direction of the Planning System

What is on the horizon for the Planning system following the General election?

What is going to happen regarding the Housing White Paper?

What will happen to Local Authorities who don’t achieve their housing targets?

What is the situation with the Neighbourhood Planning Act, the expansion of PD rights and Garden Villages?

Have Permitted Development Rights been a success and how has the legislation been used in Residential Development? Is there any expansion planned?

Looking at Recent Changes to the Planning System and how they have worked in Practice

Has Neighbourhood Planning Policy really worked at all and what changes are needed if it is to be made effective?

Where does the Government stand on vacant building credit & the 10 unit threshold?

Steve Quartermain, Chief Planner, Department for Communities & Local Government



Looking at Community Infrastructure Levy – what changes are proposed?
What is the Government likely to do & when?

Why haven't Local Authorities yet managed to deliver workable CIL? Where might the system go?

Who is charging what across the Country?

How can we move forward with CIL?

Is it now time for a Local Infrastructure Charge plus a negotiated s106 Cost?

Liz Peace, Chair, CIL Review Committee



London – How is Planning in London working to deliver more housing?

What can we expect in practice from the Mayor’s Supplementary Planning Guidance?

How with the system and affordable housing thresholds be enforced and negotiated?

What support will be available for Local Authorities & Developers?

What role can the Mayor play in enabling local authorities and developers to work together to deliver workable planning permissions?

Jennifer Peters, Strategic Planning Manager, GLA



Looking Around Britain at Areas pushing the envelope in planning terms

What will devolved Mayor's powers mean for planning around the UK?

What powers and influence will combined authorities & Mayors have?

What can be achieved and how can innovation and pragmatism be used to deliver better results?

Ian Anderson, Executive Director, Iceni Projects



Questions for Steve, Liz, Jennifer and Ian



Coffee & Networking Opportunities



Looking at Changes to the Local Plan procedure – where are we?

How can we calculate objectively assessed need?

Neighbourhood Plans – How can we speed up the process and give Local Authorities less ability to delay proceedings?

To what extent are Neighbourhood Plan Committees promoting development and how can we ensure they are used as responsibility and as effectively as possible?

Revisions to the NPPF - where are we?

Matthew Spry, Director, Lichfields


Review Mechanisms & appeal strategies- Understanding the Inspector's approach

How will viability be treated on appeal?

How do you choose and structure a review mechanism that works for a developer and is robust in Local Authority Negotiations?

Transparency in the Viability Process – An Update

Simon Ricketts, Partner, Town Legal



How to stand the best chance of success at a Planning Appeal in 2016

What significant Planning Appeal Decisions have there been & why are they significant?

Which Court decisions & Secretary of State Decisions which affect planning do we need to be aware of and why?

Looking at s106 challenges in detail - what is happening and which are working?

Which recent appeals and case law are crucial to Viability? What do developers and Local Authorities need to know about?

Dan Kolinsky QC, Landmark Chambers



Land Value Capture – A Backwards, Forwards & Sideways View

Mick Beaman



Questions for Matthew, Simon, Dan & Mick



Lunch and Networking Session



Best Practice Guide for Developers on doing a Viability Assessment – Avoiding Common Pitfalls and Mistakes.

Understanding the Local Authority perspective on viability – What are they looking for and how should they work with developers?

How does the duty to deliver affect the Local Authority view?

Understanding Benchmark Land Value and how Market Value is calculated, Valuation Date & it's effect on sales values and costs, and Review Mechanisms

Do Viability Studies really reflect the Developer’s decision making Process?

Andy Leahy, Managing Director, Bespoke Property Group



How can Local Authorities work with Developers to Deliver more Housing?

Is it time for innovation and pragmatism to come to the fore to facilitate delivery?

What do LAs look for when working with developers and what is the best approach to a planning application?

Best practices for Pre Application, Application, compliance, fees and delivery – How Developers can best work with the Local Authority.

Stephen Alexander, Head of Planning, Wolverhampton City Council



Different models of planning and delivery to unlock public sector sites

How can an LA deliver it’s targets given the constraints put on it by the government and the current planning system?

Given the Government's policy, what models can be used and how is planning crucial?

Stewart Murray, Head of Development Group, GL Hearn



Panel Session: How can a collaborative approach between developers & LAs best be achieved?

How can the Planning Permission & Development process be made more efficient?

How do Local Authorities view the current planning system & what is their opinion on current legislative changes?

The Developer Perspective on Viability, CIL and the Changes to the Planning System

How can the private sector help Local Authorities?

What would make life easier from their point of view and what do they like about the system?


Mark Ketley, Head of Planning Services, Northumberland County Council

Emma Williamson, Assistant Director - Planning, London Borough of Haringey

Stephen Alexander, Head of Planning, Wolverhampton City Council

Stewart Murray, Head of Development Group, GL Hearn

Emma Cariaga, British Land TBC



A Practical Guide to working with the new Planning & Housing Act – What Developers & Local Authorities should be aware of

Where are we with PD Rights & other measures?

Permission in Principle

The use of Development Consent Orders

The Brownfield Land Register - understanding how it works, how to get on it, and the differences between schedule 1 & schedule 2

Stuart Andrews, Partner – National Head of Planning & Infrastructure, Eversheds Sutherland



Questions for TBC



Close and Networking Drinks Session




To learn how to book a place, please click here

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