• The Largest & Longest Running event on Resi Development Planning in the UK takes place on 26th September
  • Huge Audience from Across the Country expected on 26th September...
  • 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 12th Annual Viability & Planning Conference on 26th September #LD Events

Viability, s106, CIL and Planning

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

Viability, s106, CIL and Planning

Record Audience from across the country expected at 12th Annual Development Viability Conference - new larger venue #viability


The conference takes place on Thursday 26th September 2019 at ETC Venues - St Pauls, London. 

This hugely popular Annual Conference is now in it's 12th 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 2019 so please book early to guarantee your places.

The 2019 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 Consulting



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

Understanding the policies and potential impact of the new NPPF – where are we going & what will it deliver?

What can we expect out of the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government in the next 12 months?

How can we get to 300,000 homes and how does planning rank as a key aspect to achieving it?

What is the progress of the Government Consultation on Viability and can we reach a point where confrontation can be avoided?

The Housing Delivery Test – what happens next, and how are Central Government working with Local Authorities who failed?

What is the position with Land Value Capture & how do we strike a balance between collecting money for infrastructure without reducing land supply?

Jenny Preece, Deputy Director of Planning, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government



The Key Planning Decisions from the Last Year – what are we seeing in practice?

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 are crucial to Viability? What do developers and Local Authorities need to know about?

What is the current transparency situation with Viability?

Clare Fielding, Partner, Town Legal


Understanding Permitted Development Rights (PD Rights) – where are we?

What is now included overall and what has recently been added?

Are PD rights really a good idea with the lack of affordable housing and s106?

Where are we with upward extensions into airspace?

Where are we with redevelopment of B1 being included?

What is the process required for delivering on PD Rights sites?

As the list gets longer, will it remain simple to deliver or will ‘matters requiring prior approval’ become more and more arduous?

What is the likely future for PD Rights?

Iain Gilbey, Partner – Head of Planning, Pinsent Masons



Review Mechanisms & appeal strategies - Understanding the Planning Inspectorate approach

How will viability be treated on appeal?

With the Government’s desire for Viability to be tested at the plan stage, how will the inspectorate approach this?

What are the trends in the numbers of appeals to PINS?

What is being allowed and what are the current timeframes?

Where do NSIPs (Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects) fit in and how does this process work?

What has been the impact of the Rosewell Review?

How has this independent inquiry helped the inspectorate?

Rebecca Phillips, Group Manager, Planning Inspectorate



Questions for Jenny, Clare, Iain and Rebecca


11.15am - Coffee & Networking Opportunities



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

Where are we with collaboration between LA’s and Developers on planning applications & what are we learning?

How is the Pre Ap meeting process evolving? How can the costs, and what is delivered for that cost become more consistent and transparent? Is the process working?

What is the Local Authority view on Planning Performance Agreements?

How can Local Authorities have a modern professional approach to the Planning System that delivers Housing?

Stewart Murray, Strategic Director of Economic Growth, Waltham Forest Council



The Developer Perspective on Planning & Viability

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

Are developers finding benefit from the pre application system?

Andrew Taylor, Head of Planning, Countryside Properties



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 Changes to the Planning System

How can the private sector help Local Authorities?

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?

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

Richard Cowell, Assistant Director – Development, Birmingham City Council

Heather Cheesbrough, Director of Planning & Strategic Transport, Croydon Council

Andrew Taylor, Head of Planning, Countryside Properties

Stewart Murray, Strategic Director of Economic Growth, Waltham Forest Council

Roger Hepher, Director, HGH (Chair)



How can technology improve the overall Planning & Viability Process?

Why is now the time for Local Authorities & Developers to embrace the technology available to save on Time & Resources?

What is the potential for this & what can it do?

Where are we with digital innovation and where does it fit with some of the challenges the sector faces?

How can developers undertake a site appraisal and viability assessment automatically?

Daniel Mohamed, Founder & CEO, Urban Intelligence



Questions for Daniel



Networking Lunch Session



Politics & Planning across the UK

Understanding what planning powers the different mayors have in devolved regions and what this means for the planning system – does it work?

Which Mayors have which powers?

In regions with combined authorities how are spatial strategies working and are they delivering more housing?

Where are we seeing Joint Local Plans between neighbouring authorities and what do these mean for planning?

Why is building on the Green Belt still such an issue politically? Is it a solution to increase delivery?

Ian Anderson, Executive Director, Iceni Projects



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

The New London Plan – How will it work in practice and where are we with the examination stage?

Will it enhance relationships between the GLA & the London Boroughs?

Are London Delivery targets really achievable & where does the Central Government suggestion that London needs 100,000 new homes a year fit?

How will the GLA work with Local Authorities outside the London Boundaries & why is this significant?

How is the Mayor’s fast track approach for 35% Affordable Working & what percentage of applicants accept the deal? How does this work with the approach of some boroughs where the percentage is different?

What is the overall delivery percentage of affordable housing on schemes in the last year?

How do Late Stage reviews work & how can developers have certainty when such a process exists?

How is the London Plan going to cope with an evolving housing market that now includes evolving models such as build to rent, co-living and retirement living?

Jennifer Peters, Head of London Plan and Growth Strategies, GLA



Questions for Ian & Jennifer



Residential Development Viability in Practice

What we need to know about Residential Development Viability in the Current Market

(10 minutes per speaker, followed by questions)


Where are we with evolving areas of legislation for Viability?

What is new and what is in the pipeline?
Robert Fourt, Partner, Gerald Eve


What’s happening on the ground with Viability in practice?

What is working well, what are the current pitfalls?

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

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?

Anthony Lee, Senior Director, BNP Paribas Real Estate

How could we improve the system for developer contributions for Residential Development?
How can Local Authorities best ‘value capture’ from new development in an ideal world?

How much can Local Authorities realistically capture before they stifle development?

With the various reviews and changes never really solving the viability debate, could we ever have a system that ends it?

What are the various options?

Do we need to be far more radical and how can we improve this system?

Andy Leahy, Managing Director, Bespoke Property Group

The Panel will then take questions and discuss all the issues raised on viability between them. Each will also suggest what reforms would be welcomed and/or are needed to improve the system, in their own opinion. Audience members will have a chance to provide questions both in advance and on the day on any aspect of viability and our panel will address it.



Close and Networking Drinks Session


To learn how to book a place, please click here