• The Largest & Longest Running event on Resi Development Planning in the UK takes place on 23rd November
  • Huge Audience from Across the Country expected on 23rd November
  • High level audience of Developers and Local Authorities expected at Viability & Planning event

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Viability, s106, CIL and Planning

Sell out Audience expected once again at the 14th Annual Viability & Planning Conference on 23rd November

Viability, s106, CIL and Planning

Must attend event for those involved with a Resi Planning Permission #viabilityevent

Viability, s106, CIL and Planning

Big Audience from across the country expected at 14th Annual Development Viability Conference


The conference takes place on Tuesday 23rd November at the Cavendish Conference Centre, London W1.

This hugely popular Annual Conference is now in it's 14th 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. 

This event is likely to sell out quickly due to limited capacity, so please book early to guarantee your place.


Conference Timetable


Chairman’s Welcome – Residential Planning in 2021, what has really changed?
Roger Hepher, Director, HGH Consulting (Chair)


What is the view of the Planning & Development Industry across the Country on the current system and the proposed improvements?
Can we ever really take politics out of planning?
Should other regions in the UK be given a level of autonomy similar to that in London?
With innovation and the adoption of technology where could the system be in 2031?
Ian Anderson, Executive Director, Iceni Projects

Developer Contributions and Plan Making
The Changes to plan making – How are things set up currently, what is working well and not so well, and how do Government proposals change the process?
Is Zonal planning workable?
Where we are with Local Plans, Neighbourhood Plans & Strategic Plans?
What is the latest in Developer Contributions, CIL and s106? Where is this now heading?
Claire Dutch, Partner – Co-Head of Planning, Ashurst

The Evolving picture with Permitted Development Rights & Changes of Use Classes
Where are we now and what new PD rights are there?
Why are some, such as Class E to Residential, so controversial?
Are the prior approval and Article 4 processes being used correctly by Local Authorities to control PD Rights Development?
How can Local Authorities ensure the quality is sufficient on a PD rights scheme
Are PD Rights, used correctly, actually a good opportunity to revive the fortunes of town centres?
Clare Fielding, Partner, Town Legal

An update on the London Plan
How has it been received and what can we expect from supplementary planning guidance?
Lisa Fairmaner, Head of London Plan & Growth Strategies, GLA

Questions for Ian, Claire, Clare and Lisa


Local Authority & Developer Panel Session
Where do Local Authorities stand on changes to the planning system?
How does the housing delivery test affect the Local Authority view?
What is the Local Authority view of mandatory requirements being imposed Central Government?
How do developers feel about the new proposed changes?
How can Local Authorities have a modern professional approach to the Planning System that delivers Housing?
How could future interaction and initiatives between Private and Public Sector Planners be advantageous to the process and understanding each other’s role?
How else can we break down Private & Public Sector barriers to improve the Planning Process?
How do Developers & Local Authorities feel about new technology in the planning sector – is it key to modernising and simplifying the process?
How will we deliver affordable housing in the new system and does this concern Local Authorities?
Andrew Taylor, Head of Planning, Countryside Properties
Liz Hobden, Head of Planning, Brighton & Hove City Council
Stewart Murray, Strategic Director of Economic Growth, Waltham Forest Council
Roger Hepher, Director, HGH Consulting (Chair)

Coffee & Networking Break

How to engage all stakeholders in the planning process and build local support for housebuilding
What are the key elements of this process and what are the best ways to boost engagement?
Why is technology so important and how should it be used?
How do we reach the wider community, who support housebuilder, rather than a small minority who may not?
How do we establish a two way dialogue that identifies problems, and finds solutions?
What are the key factors when dealing with local politics as whole?
Wyn Evans, Managing Director, Forty Shillings

How can the Housing Industry dramatically reduce its Carbon Footprint to hit Government Targets?
What is the current impact of both the Housing and the wider Built Environment Sectors on carbon emissions and how can this be reduced?
What is realistically possible in the proposed timeframe and what steps should the industry be taking now?
How can the planning system adapt to ensure new developments are compliant?
How can existing buildings be adapted to make them more carbon efficient?
How should Local Authorities be approaching the changes?
What is the impact of the Environmental Act 2021 on Planning?
How is embodied energy in a building calculated and why is this becoming more and more relevant to planning?
Sarah Daly, Associate Director – Sustainability, Turner & Townsend

The Government Perspective on a new Direction of the Planning System
How can the Government strike a balance to improve the planning system?
When can we expect the Planning Bill and what are we now expecting?
What is new in Planning for Residential Development & where are the fundamental changes?
Joanna Averley, Chief Planner, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

Why have the Government created The Office for Place and what is their role in Design Codes?
How can we deliver much needed new housing without compromising on quality and appearance?
How will local authorities create design codes to offer more certainty on design and quality, and clarity on planning as a whole?
Nicholas Boys Smith, Founding Director, Create Streets & Chair of Advisory Board, Government Office for Place.

Questions for Wyn, Sarah, Joanna and Nicholas

Networking Lunch Session for Speakers and Attendees

The Role of the Planning Inspectorate in the modern Planning system

Have we seen an significant delays to appeals with Covid and where are we now?
How will the appeals system adapt to the planning White Paper proposals?
Review Mechanisms & appeal strategies- Understanding the Planning Inspectorate approach
Are we expecting a new era of transparency?
Rebecca Phillips, Group Manager, Planning Inspectorate

The Key Planning Decisions from the Last Year
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?
Which recent appeals and case law do developers and Local Authorities need to know about?
Iain Gilbey, Partner – Head of Planning, Pinsent Masons

Questions for Rebecca and Iain


The Viability Session – The Leading practitioners take us through the key issues

What are the key developments in Viability Guidance and what has been updated?
Robert Fourt, Partner, Gerald Eve

What is the future for area wide viability assessment?
Is the system really credible?
The perennial conundrum of existing use value and alternative use value – what is really an ‘exceptional circumstance?’
Anthony Lee, Senior Director, BNP Paribas Real Estate

What is evolving with Viability on a practical level?
What is the impact of first homes – is this the end of shared ownership?
Exception sites – where are the changes?
Do fire precautions and cladding, plus the rising costs of materials and labour, mean that build costs are really making more and more sites unviable?
Andy Leahy, Managing Director, Bespoke Property Group

Panel Session – The Crucial Role for Technology in Planning
Why is technology now so important to the planning process and how quickly can the sector move forward?
What is likely to change about the way we do things?
How key is the Public Sector embracing new technology key to delivering an efficient, modern system, where transparency and more simplicity are key to the process?
Piers Mulroney, Strategic Planning & Policy Manager, Vu City
Simon Mabey, Director & Founder, Digital Urban Place
(Each to present briefly – Max 3 slides, 6 minutes, followed by discussion)

Closing remarks from the Chair

Conference Close & Networking Drinks Session




To learn how to book a place, please click here