National Planning Summit

Agenda 2022

Agenda day 1

09:30am – 09:45am

Chairperson’s opening comments

A welcoming introduction from the conference chairperson, providing a thematic overview of the day, as well as additional details for all attendees

John Walker, Acting Managing Director, C|T Local, C|T Group

PLENARY

09:45am – 10:30am:

Panel Discussion: National Planning Policy Framework – 2022 and Beyond

With a review of the NPPF looming, there are a lot of questions on what ths will target. With that, what will the the review most likely target in its revisions? What are the objectives of this review, and how will it differ to its predecessors? What are the most likely outcomes that can be expected?

Dinny Shaw, Director of Planning SL&R, St. Modwen

Khaled Abdellatif, Senior Associate, Urban Design, AECOM
 
Rachel Toms, Director of Urbanism, Sustrans
 
John Walker, Acting Managing Director, C|T Local, C|T Group

10:30am -11:00am:

Networking Break

DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT

11:00am – 11:30am:

Presentation: Tackling the biodiversity question

Ensuring the long term health of land involved in new construction has brought about the question of biodiversity net gain. Where does the current legislation lay? What do councils and developers need to do to ensure compliance? How can genuine environmental gains be guarenteed in the long term?

Helen Nyul, Group Head of Biodiversity, Barratt PLC

11:30am – 12:00pm:

Presentation: Navigating the changes to permitted development rights

Recent changes to use class orders and extensions opens a wave of new opportunities for developers. How can developers make best use of these new options? In what ways do new PD rights make way for new housing without a planning application? How are planning authorities responding to the new flexibilities, and how can they best nurture their town centres and built environment more generally given these new rights?

Stuart Willsher, Senior Planning Manager, Persimmon Homes Essex

12:00pm – 12:30pm:

Presentation: First Homes Initiative – The next step in sustainable development?

With the new requirement to provide discounts on first time housing for first time and key worker buyers, opening the way for a new swathe of home owners. With that, how will this change existing future contributions to affordable housing? And what sort of effect will this have on the existing market?

 Laura Bisbey, Head of Planning, St. Modwen Homes

12:30pm -13:30pm:

Networking Lunch

13:30pm – 14:00pm:

Presentation: Promoting net zero through planning

As the 2050 deadline looms, questions remain on how net zero will be achieved. How does the government intends to support use of the planning system to pursue net zero by reviewing the NPPF? How can engaging with councils and local authorities ensure this is promoted across all levels? How councils are using planning to set energy efficiency standards that are higher than current building regs standards

Samer Bagaeen, Councillor, Brighton & Hove Council

14:00pm – 14:30pm:

Presentation: Planning the ‘everest of real estate’

As Battersea Power Station edges closer to completion and opening to the public, Gordon Adams reflects on nearly a decade of planning challenges on a project that had seen off several failed attempts at redevelopment. From heritage to new tube lines, Gordon will give an insight into what went well and how the planning system could improve from delivering this iconic project.

Gordon Adams, Head of Planning & Public Affairs, Battersea Power Station Development Company

14:30pm – 15:00pm:

Utilising 3D visualisations and virtual reality to enhance planning & development

Digital transofmration is providing new opportunities across industries globally, but it looks to make a particular impact. Why is technology development in the industry so important now, and how quickly can it move forward? What sort of change can the sector expect? Where can technology streamline the current planning system?

David Weir-McCall, Industry Marketing Manager – Architecture, Epic Games

Simon Mabey, Founder, Digital Urban

15:00pm -15:30pm:

Networking Break

PLENARY

15:30pm – 16:00pm

Round up: National Model Design Coding Guidance

With the release of the national model design code last year, its intention was to streamline the process by which councils decide what good quality design looks like in their area. As such, what are the things that you need to be aware of? How can planners and developers best ensure proposals are in line with this? What specific guidance should planners be looking to?

Jane Dann, Director, Tibbalds
Matthew Carmona, Professor of Planning & Urban Design, The Bartlett School of Planning

16:00pm – 16:15pm

Closing Remarks: Chairperson’s closing comments

A closing address from the conference chairperson, briefing on all the outcomes from the day, and digesting tangible takeaways for the audience

John Walker, Acting Managing Director, C|T Local, C|T Group

16:15pm

Close of of Day 1

Agenda day 2

09:00am – 09:15am

Opening Remarks: Chairperson’s opening comments

A welcoming introduction from the conference chairperson, providing a thematic overview of the day, as well as additional details for all attendees.

Dr Ben Clifford, Associate Professor in Spatial Planning and Government, Bartlett School of Planning

PLENARY

09:15am – 10:00am:

Planning for success – How to build a resilient team

A strong team rests at the heart of producing robust and sustainable development plans, but what does it take to make one? How does one ensure the team has what it needs to deal with its workload? In the face of ever-intense, political and media scrutiny, how do you ensure morale is prioritised and represented?

Stephen Baughen, Head of Planning, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

Deirdra Armsby, Director of Place Shaping and Town Planning, Westminster City Council

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

(Moderator) Dr Ben Clifford, Associate Professor in Spatial Planning and Government, Bartlett School of Planning

10:00am – 10:30am:

Mapping changes to the planning system

With government intentions to overhaul the current planning system, this keynote will delve into a number of key questions around the changes that may be expected in line with the shifting planning ecosystem. With that, the Rt Hon Stuart Andrew MP will present a 15 minute briefing on the current government direction, followed by a 15 minute live moderated Q&A session

The Rt Hon Stuart Andrew MP, Minister of State for Housing

David Dewar, Editor, Planning Resource

10:30am -11:00am:

Networking Break

PLAN MAKING

11:00am – 11:30am:

Presentation: Birmingham’s golden decade of growth

As we approach the global spectacle that will be watched by over 1 billion people, ‘Birmingham The Golden Decade’ is an opportunity to hear not only about the exciting projects and initiatives that are underway but also an insight to the Planning Advisory Service Peer Review that resulted in major improvements to the Planning Management service that is vital to support the growth agenda in the City.

Ian MacLeord, Director, Birmingham City Council

11:30am – 12:00pm:

Presentation: The importance of embodied carbon and sustainable building materials

With the rising importance of the environmental impacts of the materials we use to construct our built environment, there is much we can do to lesson the impact. From using low carbon materials, being efficient in the materials and designs we choose, as well as reusing materials and buildings. This presentation we explore some of the drivers and opportunities and the fit with local planning.

Katherine Adams, Technical Director, Alliance of Sustainable Building Products

12:00pm – 12:30pm:

Walkable neighbourhoods – how to reduce car dependency in new developments

Recognising the role of walking in reaching Net Zero targets and in levelling-up, new research explores the extent to which the proximity of services is used as selection criteria by English local planning authorities when allocating sites for development. It makes recommendations for both UK Government and local government, with a view to ensuring that new developments do not lock in car-dependency.

Megan Streb, Consultant, Sustrans

12:30pm -13:30pm:

Networking Lunch

13:30pm – 14:00pm:

Presentation: Developer Contributions supporting the delivery of Infrastructure

Identifying the evidence to support the vision of place and the delivery of growth supported by infrastructure. How can the governance of developer contributions be improved? Where is this now heading?

Gilian Macinnes, Planning and Placemaking Advisor, Gilian Macinnes Associates

14:00pm – 14:30pm:

Presentation: Sustainability by design – tracking to net zero

With so many developers committing to the net zero standards aligned by the science based targets, a number of questions emerge. With so many other standards already in placed, how does this one change things? How do net-zero liabilities factor in at a portfolio stage? How can developers go about ensuring supply chain decarbonisation?

Jim Bailey, Director, Planning, RPS

14:30pm – 15:00pm:

Presentation: Integrating social value into planning

The integration of social value as a component of planning may be a key component when developing for regeneration, though it remains unenforced. What are the advantages of social value planning? How can councils be compelled to embed social value into their planning policies? What sort of benefits can this have on sustainability?

Hilary Satchwell, Director, Tibbalds

15:00pm -15:15pm:

Networking Break

PLENARY

15:30pm – 16:00pm:

Round up: Summary Discussion of Day 2

A closing address from the conference chairperson, briefing on all the outcomes from the day, and digesting tangible takeaways for the audience.

15:00pm – 15:15pm:

Closing Remarks: Chairperson’s closing comments 

A closing address from the conference chairperson, briefing on all the outcomes from the day, and digesting tangible takeaways for the audience

Dr Ben Clifford, Associate Professor in Spatial Planning and Government, Bartlett School of Planning

16:15pm

Close of Day 2 and Conference