National Planning Summit

Agenda day 1

9:30am – 9:45am

Welcome from the Editor of Planning & Explanation of Features of the Platform

Richard Garlick, Editor, Planning Resource 

9:50am – 10:20am

Minister’s Keynote Address: Clarity in Uncertain Times: Responses to the Planning for the Future White Paper

Confirmed speakers:

Process and Legislation 

10:30am – 11:15am:

Panel Discussion: Planning for the Future White Paper & Revisions to the NPPF: How are Planners Planning in Uncertain Times?

Confirmed speakers:

Moderator: John Walker, Director, CT Group
David Bainbridge, Director, Savills
Catriona Riddell, Director, Catriona Riddell & Associates Ltd

11:25am – 11:50am:

 An Interview & Podcast Session: An Insight into The Planning Inspectorate’s Thinking & Experience

  • Why does it take so long to examine some plans?
  • Why are some plans facing problems? And what lesson can be learnt?
  • What is the inspector’s role in helping LPAs get to a sound plan?


Confirmed speakers:

Jeremy Youle, Professional Lead for Local Plans, Planning Inspectorate

11:55am – 12:20pm

Ask the Experts: Big Data and Digitalisation: What has actually been delivered and what are the lessons learnt?

  • – Are tools that are being developed being scrutinised enough? Could they be subject to legal challenge?
  • – Has the rush to digital transformation meant that we have lost sight of its purpose? Eg. asking for data on things we don’t need, not using it efficiently or effectively. 
  • – Is the public benefiting from big data? Is it leading to more public engagement?

12:25pm – 12:50pm

Presentation: Increasing Wider Community Engagement

  • – How do we get the silent majority to speak out?
  • –  What has been learnt from the last 12 months of digital engagement?
  • – Is community engagement dominated by retired individuals who have paid off their mortgages?
  • – Are decision makers too heavily influenced by objectors? How can this be addressed?

Lunch & Screen Break  

Following Lunch there will be two streams of content. All will be available for on-demand viewing so do not worry you won’t miss a thing. Choose a stream to watch and then watch the other session in your spare time.

2:00pm – 2:35pm

Networking Roundtables

International Perspective: What lessons can be learnt from the approach to urban planning in Qatar?

Confirmed Speakers:

Dastin Hillery, Senior Urban Planning Consultant, Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Qatar



2:40pm – 3:10pm: Lesson Learning Workshop

Local Plans & NPPF: How can Local Authorities Avoid Appeals?

Case studies and lessons learnt from where local authorities have been challenged?

Confirmed Speakers: 

Steve Collins, Chief Executive, RentPlus
Senior Representative, Tetlow King

Design Code: Building Better, Building Beautiful

  • – Is there enough flexibility to allow for originality and community reflection?
  • – What is good design?
  • – Traditional architects vs. more modernist architects
  • – Resourcing to implement the design code
  • – The threats and opportunities of modal design

Confirmed speakers: 

Hugh Petter, Director, ADAM Architecture
Gergana Draganova, Urban Designer, BDP
Gail Mayhew, Commissioner, Building Better, Building Beautiful

3:15pm – 3:35pm: Quick Fire Presentations

Is it finally time to have a wholesale fundamental national review of the Greenbelt?

Inholm Northstowe Design Case Study


3:40pm – 4:15pm: Panel Discussions

Housing Delivery Tests: How do you score when the goal posts keep moving?

  • – 6-12 month impact of the changes to targets 
  • – Is tilted balance still working?
  • – Impact of the Future homes standard 
  • – How can authorities increase housing delivery to meet the Housing Delivery Test when the construction of consented developments is in most cases led by the market and outside of the control of the planning process?
  • – Distribution of Housing Allocation
  • – Uncertainty and implications after 3 changes in 6 months


Confirmed speaker: 

Jim Bailey, Director, Pegasus

Future Proofing Building Design: What does the next 10 years look like?

  • – Making space for the cargo drone, plug in car and bike 
  • – Are we planning to allow for retrofits in the future?
  • – What role will modal design play in future proofing buildings?
  • – Priority of infrastructure for community resilience ie connectivity for tele-commuting v physical commuting

4:20pm – 4:50pm

Panel Discussion: Housing Prices and Affordability: A Bubble Waiting to Pop?

  • – Gap between prices and income: how is the next generation of home buyers going to be able to buy?
  • – Building beautifully but also economically: how can design and planning collaborate to build beautiful and affordable? 

Confirmed Speaker: 

Steve Collins, Chief Executive, RentPlus
Mary Parsons, Regeneration and Partnerships Director, Lovell


Future Planners Feedback & Summary of Day 1

Agenda day 2

9:50am – 10:00am:

Insights Presentation: The Stats & Facts Behind the Climate Change Agenda  

Confirmed Speaker: 

Penelope Tollitt, Director, Making Places Together

10:00am – 10:40am:

Panel Discussion: What role does planning have to play in delivering the climate change agenda?

  • Lessons learnt from the code for Sustainable Homes 
  • What is the impact of 300 councils now declaring a climate emergency and the Climate Change Committee report?
  • How can you create zero carbon buildings? How do you ensure a carbon zero lifestyle follows?
  • What are you doing to ensure future homes are resilient to climate threats? 
  • What more can be done to prepare future homes for climate threats? Particularly heavy downpours and rising sea levels?


Confirmed Speaker: 

Andy Haigh, Director of Climate Positive Solutions, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland
Penelope Tollitt, Director, Making Places Together
Katherine Grieg, Senior Transition Specialist, Flood Re

10:45am – 11:15am

An Interview & Podcast Session: Sustainable Buildings & The Insurance Industry 

Insurance risk can kill viability and cost of projects. How can there be a balance of insurance premiums and newer more sustainable materials being incorporated into building design?

Confirmed Speaker:

Steve Gilchrist, Project Director, Grosvenor Britain and Ireland’s Development Team
Mark Edwards, Principal Carbon Management Consultant, Mott MacDonald
Roy Fishwick, Managing Director, Cleveland Steel and Tubes
Lucy Rees, Sustainability Advisor, UKGBC

11:20am – 11:35am:

Case Study: How is the +10% Biodiversity Approach Working in Practice?

Confirmed Speaker:

Sasha White QC, Head of Planning Group, Landmark Chambers

11:35am – 12:00pm:

Ask the Experts: Environment Bill and Biodiversity +10%: From Targets to Implementation and Delivery

Confirmed Speaker:

Helen Nyul, Group Head of Biodiversity, Barratt Development Plc

11:35am – 12:00pm:

Panel Discussion: The Changing Use and Function of the Street, Low traffic zones & Neighbourhoods

  • The push towards encouraging cycling and walking 
  • Outdoor eating spots
  • Changes to the class use order and their impact on the changing use of the street
  • Local authorities liability for air quality 
  • EVs and charging points


Confirmed Speaker:

Phil Jones, Chairman, PJA Group & Contributor, Manual for the Streets 3.0

Lunch & Screen Break  

Following Lunch there will be two streams of content. All will be available for on-demand viewing so do not worry you won’t miss a thing. Choose a stream to watch and then watch the other session in your spare time.

2:00pm – 2:35pm

Case Study on the Canada Water Masterplan British Land & Southwark Council

How Partnership & Collaboration to bring about major developments

Confirmed speaker: 

Senior Representative, Southwark Council

Management Today Session: Leading in the Hybrid Workplace & Recruitment in a Stretched Resource Industry

Placemaking & Health

Transport & Logistics

2:40pm – 3:10pm: Panel Discussions:

Social Prescribing: What role does planning have to play in reducing the pressure on health spending?


Unlocking the Intersection between Transport Planning and Planning for Housing

  • 2030 ban on internal combustion engines so how can the planning sector support this?
  • Network Planning and grid infrastructure for Electric vehicles 
  • What lessons can be learnt from HS2?

3:15pm – 3:35pm: Quick Fire Presentations

OxCam Arc Spatial Framework Case Study: What does an innovation led economy need in terms of places to live, work and what infrastructure becomes the priority?

Invited speaker: 

Adele Maher, Project Lead, OxCam Arc Spatial Framework

Financing EV Charging Points

Richmond Council Case Study

3:40pm – 4:15pm: Panel Discussions

Regeneration & Renewal of Town Centres & Future of Office Working

  • Do we need a city of London?
  • Sustainability and the workplace 
  • Post Pandemic Redesign – Small corridors, open spaces and good ventilation

Invited speaker: 

Adele Maher, Project Lead, OxCam Arc Spatial Framework

Planning for the Continued Expansion and Reliance on Logistics

  • Special industrial locations – what should be prioritised for housing and what should be prioritised for logistics and supply chain?
  • Expansion of the logistics industry during and post-covid-19. Will that reduce or will it remain and if so how do we plan for it?
  • Should there be bases closer to city centres?

4:20pm – 4:50pm

Panel Discussion: Creating Sustainable Places for Communities

  • Planning for experiential elements in developments 
  • What tools can the government put in place to support more sustainable places?
  • Can the development market operate effectively and deliver the type of development that society needs and that will be supported?


Confirmed Speaker:

Cllr. Prof. Samer Bagaeen, Brighton & Hove City Council


4:20pm – 4:50pm: Future Planners Feedback & Summary of Day 2