• The Largest & Longest Running event on Resi Development Planning in the UK takes place on 25th November
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  • 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 via our Virtual Conference Platform

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. Delegates will have the opportunity to attend remotely, 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


Chairman’s Welcome – Planning in 2020, is the system due a real revolution?
Roger Hepher, Director, HGH Consulting (Chair)


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?
What is a realistic timeframe for getting the new system up and running across the UK given limited resources at local authorities?
How are the Government now looking to embrace technology into the planning system and how far will this go?
Joanna Averley, Chief Planner, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

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?
Ian Anderson, Executive Director, Iceni Projects

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?
Understanding plan making and how it is shaping the future Residential Development planning system
Working out where we are with Local Plans, Neighbourhood Plans & Strategic Plans
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?
Is this a chance to truly revolutionise the system and do there now need to be changes to areas designated as greenbelt and conservation areas?
How will the designation of zones work with housing targets and will enough land be available to realistically achieve them?
How can local concerns, issues and needs be accounted for in this system?
Iain Gilbey, Partner – Head of Planning, Pinsent Masons

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?
Where are we with developer contributions for Residential Development?
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 in the new proposed system?
How can the levy be fairly set and how can it realistically be distributed?
Will we see some areas receiving more levy for both infrastructure and affordable housing?
Will the new system potentially lower the amount of affordable housing delivered given that developers will have no obligation to build it?
Claire Dutch, Partner – Co-Head of Planning, Ashurst

Questions for Joanna, Ian, Iain and Claire

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?
What is the relationship between Government targets for new homes in London which is 93,500, and London Plan target, which is 52,000?
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 as proposed in the Planning White Paper?
Lisa Fairmaner, Head of London Plan & Growth Strategies, GLA

The Role of the Planning Inspectorate in the Planning system moving forward
How will the appeals system adapt to the planning White Paper proposals?
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?
With timeframes of significant concern to developers, will special measures be used to increase efficiency?
Are we expecting a new era of transparency?
Rebecca Phillips, Group Manager, Planning Inspectorate

Questions for Ben, Lisa and Rebecca



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?
Clare Fielding, Partner, Town Legal


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 – express more clearly
How will local plans be viability assessed in the new zoning system and is this really practical?
How well is plan viability assessment working now and what are the lessons for the new white paper
Robert Fourt, Partner, Gerald Eve (transition)
Anthony Lee, Senior Director, BNP Paribas Real Estate (how will the new system work)
Andy Leahy, Managing Director, Bespoke Property Group (what’s left to negotiate)


Local Authority & Developer Panel Session
Understanding the Local Authority perspective on these changes– What are they looking for and how should they work with developers?
How does the housing delivery test affect the Local Authority view?
What is the Local Authoirity 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
Sarah Carr, Land & Planning Director, Redrow Homes
Roger Hepher, Director, HGH Consulting (Chair)


Permitted Development Rights & 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 is the ‘E’ use class and where does it fit?
Understanding  the new ‘ZA’ use class, to demolish and rebuild, and AA-AD use classes, to add new storeys to buildings.
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?
Will we now see large amounts of retail space converted to residential and how can we ensure sufficient quality?
Richard Henley, Director, HGH Consulting

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?
Joe Welch, Director, Urban Intelligence
Jess Williamson, PropTech Strategist, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government
Mike Kiely, Chair, Planning Officers Society
Roger Hepher, Director, HGH Consulting (Chair)

4.15pm - Close



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