• The Largest & Longest Running event on Resi Development Planning in the UK takes place on 25th November
  • Huge Audience from Across the Country expected on 25th 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 (socially distanced) expected once again at the 13th Annual Viability & Planning Conference on 25th November #LD Events

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 13th Annual Development Viability Conference - Socially distanced #viability


The conference takes place on Wednesday 25th November 2020 at De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, London

This hugely popular Annual Conference is now in it's 13th 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. 

The 13th Annual Planning & Viability Conference takes place on 25th November and the event itself will obviously look a little different, with social distancing and enhanced cleaning measures in place, plus a reduced capacity for the safety of our delegates and staff. We will be closely following Government advice and guidance. Delegates will also have the opportunity to attend remotely should they prefer, but still have access to all sessions, interactivity, and networking with the entire audience. You can read more on our Coronavirus policy by clicking here

The 2020 National Conference has been completely updated to offer a fresh perspective on the new Planning White Paper and what it will mean for the Residential Development Industry & Housing Delivery across the Country.


Conference Timetable


9.30am : Morning Session – Includes Networking Coffee Break

  • Opening Address - The Government Perspective on a new Direction of the Planning System
  • Understanding the policies and potential impact of the new Planning White Paper – where are we going & what will it deliver?
  • What is new in Planning for Residential Development & where are the fundamental changes?
  • What have we learnt from the consultation period and when is the act likely to come into effect?
  • How are the Government now looking to embrace technology into the planning system and how far will this go?

  • Politics & Planning – Are we now seeing a Government who will genuinely deliver fundamental changes to both planning and subsequent delivery?
  • How far will the changes go to taking politics out of planning?
  • Is a more innovative forward-thinking approach, with the full integration of technology into the planning system, and clear pre-defined policies, the way forward?
  • What is possible and how do we see this evolving in the next 5 years and the next ten years?
  • How do we make it happen and where might we end up?

  • Understanding plan making and how it is shaping the future Residential Development planning system
  • What are the implications of zoning, how will it work, and what are the implications?
  • Is the approach truly innovative and how is it being received?
  • Will defining the zones in advance mean a far more transparent system?
  • Will it be more difficult to ‘zone’ land in urban or rural areas and how might this work?

  • How will the new decision making process work on a practical level?
  • When and how will planning permission be ‘automatic?’
  • How will a new development be matched to the preordained plan?
  • Will there be any flexibility?
  • How will this approach speed up the system and what role will technology play in this?

  • What does the planning white paper mean for design, sustainability and the environment?
  • How will the process work and how will projects be assessed?
  • Will this really simplify the process?
  • What is the sustainable development test and how will it work?
  • How can environmental impacts from a specific scheme be pre-judged?
  • How will proposals for ‘high quality’ developments be judged for beauty and thus fast track approval?

  • The London Plan – where are we and how are we progressing?
  • What has been the feedback from the consultation?
  • Will it enhance relationships between the GLA & the London Boroughs?
  • Why has the housing target been lowered to 52,000 homes?
  • How will the plan now be modified?
  • How do we expect the London Plan and Planning White paper to dovetail together?
  • How can we increase housing delivery through these new mechanisms?
  • What are the potential positives and negatives to the London landscape?
  • Will it be more difficult to ‘zone’ land in London?

  • How do we deliver major new settlements and what is the role of the planning system & partnerships in this process?
  • Looking at the link between Infrastructure & Housing
  • How do major transport hubs & regeneration fit together?
  • Why is major infrastructure so key to mass delivery of housing?
  • Looking at Local infrastructure – how is this important to building a community?
  • How does planning and delivery fit into this process and what is the reality?
  • What is the role played by new communities in getting housing delivered and how can the planning process fit with this goal?
  • Where are we with developer contributions for Residential Development?
  • Do we need to go further and how can we improve this system?
  • How can Local Authorities best ‘value capture’ from new development, both with current & upcoming legal realities and in an ideal world?
  • What is happening on the ground & how much can Local Authorities realistically capture before they stifle development?
  • Plans, Plans and more Plans – working out where we are with Local Plans, Neighbourhood Plans & Strategic Plans
  • How do these various plans work together and what is the state of play with each?
  • Local Plans and Objectively Assessed Need
  • Neighbourhood Plans – Where are we and how can we speed up the process & make it more effective?
  • Where does the Strategic Plan fit in?
  • Review Mechanisms & appeal strategies- Understanding the Planning Inspectorate approach
  • With the new infrastructure levy what will the appeal options be?
  • What are the trends in the numbers of appeals to PINS?
  • Following a Covid backlog how can the appeals system become more efficient to get new development moving?
  • Are we expecting a new era of transparency?

1.15pm – Networking Lunch Session 

2.15pm – Afternoon Session

  • 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?
  • Is the Planning White Paper the end of Viability? What is left to negotiate?
  • Where is the future flexibility for the land owner?
  • Will this make some sites completely unviable and what can be done if this is now the case?
  • How will the new infrastructure levy work, how will it be collected, and how will it be allocated?
  • What can we expect from RICS guidance on final value, what can be offset with Infrastructure Levy, Threshold levels and other variables?
  • How will the transition period work from the new system from the old?
  • Where will viability fit in the local plan state where things are defined?
  • Understanding the Local Authority perspective on these changes– What are they looking for and how should they work with developers?
  • How does the duty to deliver affect the Local Authority view?
  • 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?
  • Looking at bringing in Private Sector Assistance – when does this work well?
  • How does the Planning Performance Agreement build a stronger relationship between the Local Authority and Developer – how does it work and what are the incentives?
  • How far has the Pre Application meeting evolved and why is it now a key part of the process?
  • 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?
  • Changes of Use Classes – How will this allow greater flexibility without planning permission?
  • What are the pros and cons of this system and what can we expect?
  • How will this work in practice and could the intention to revitalise the high street be realised?
  • Where are the out of town opportunities for developers?
  • What does the new ‘E’ use class consist of and where does it fit in?
  • Where are we with PD Rights and what is new?
  • How will the addition of two new storeys to a building without planning permission work in practice and what are the conditions?
  • What else is new, and what is remaining for PD Rights overall?
  • How can we ensure that good quality new homes are built?
  • Will we now see large amounts of retail space converted to residential?
  • 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?

4.00pm - Close and Networking Drinks Session for Speakers and Attendees 



To learn how to book a place, please click here