Making the Planning System Work for Housing Proposals

Wed 11 October 2017

The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin Street London SW1X 7DR

Answers to 12 Thorny Questions: Directly from 8 Planners, Lawyers and Policy Makers

5hrs CPD

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  1. Registration and coffee

  2. Chairman's Introduction

    Making the Planning System Work for Housing Proposals

    Chaired by: David Brock, Director, David Brock Consulting

    David's projects include Canary Wharf, King’s Cross and the East Kettering Urban Extension. He writes the influential David Brock Planning Blog.

  3. ​​Neighbourhood Plans

    What happens if Neighbourhood Plans are obliged to take account of housing need numbers (provided in a higher level plan)?

    Will it square with the SOS's decisions at Yapton and Bartestree?

    Answered by: Matthew Spry, Senior Director, Lichfields

    Matthew advises on the planning, economics and delivery of major housing development. He was an adviser on the DCLG Local Plans Expert Group.

  4. ​Identification of sites

    What are the key criteria for identification of housing sites in the allocation process?

    How much weight is being given to market demand and infrastructure provision?

    Answered by: James Pargeter, Projects Director, Greystar Europe Holdings

    James is delivering "multifamily" communities in the UK. He is a member of ULI’s UK Residential Council, HCA's Design and Sustainability Advisory Panel and RICS's Housing Commission.

  5. Morning coffee

  6. ​Prior Approval

    To what extent is the Prior Approval regime a quick-win policy with negative associated risks for employment floor-space and industry?

    How can Article 4 directions help and be applied?

    Answered by: Nicky Linihan, Director, NJL Solutions

    Nicky is Chair of the Local Housing Requirement Assessment Working Group. She is the POS's Topic Convenor for Housing. She is a former Chief Planning Officer and Consultant Planning Inspector.

  7. ​S.106

    What steps can you take to cut the time it takes to sign and implement a S.106?

    Is there a legal basis for LPAs altering its conditions once PP in principle is agreed?

    Answered by: Andrew Parkinson, Barrister, Landmark Chambers

    Andrew is one of the top 5 planning barristers under the age of 35. He brings to the table a huge number of the most closely watched housing appeals.

  8. Over-run

  9. Lunch

  10. ​Social and Affordable Housing

    Why do you end up arguing the viability of Social and Affordable housing on virtually every application?

    Is there a positive way for developers to help people onto the housing ladder?

    Answered by: Mike Kiely, Director, Mike Kiely Planning

    Mike is Chair of the Board of the Planning Officers Society and a former President. He won awards from mpimUK and the Planning Awards for his work in Croydon. He is a cabe Built Environment Expert.

  11. ​5 Year Supply

    What will happen under current proposals for plan reviews, five-year land supply and delivery tests?

    Will the system be speeded up and streamlined?

    Answered by: Cristina Howick, Partner, Peter Brett Associates

    Christina is named as one of the most influential women in UK planning. She wrote the Advice Note on objectively assessed need for Planning Advisory Service.

  12. Community engagement

    How do you bring communities onside and so expedite planning consent for housing proposals, with reference to greenbelt vs brownfield and garden villages?

    Answered by: Jeremy Fieldsend, Director, Fieldsend Associates

    Jeremy is a pioneer in using public and political engagement to secure planning consents for residential projects and town centre regeneration.

  13. Over-run

  14. Close of conference

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