Upcoming Events

  • Fri

    Planning and Design

    8:15 amRICS, 12 Great George Street, London SW1P 3AD

    Clare Devine, CABE
    Martin Ivatt, Essex County Council
    Andrew Taylor, Countryside
    Tony Mulhall, RICS

    Please note that there has been a change of chair for this event. We are delighted to announce that the event on Friday will now be chaired by Andy von Bradsky RIBA FRSA, Architectural and Built Environment Advisor at MHCLG. 

    The success of the built environment is dependent on good design. Yet the NPPF makes little mention of design and its relationship to the planning process. This panel event explores the relationship between planning and design within the English planning system. It looks to the importance of good design in steering a scheme through the planning system and its impact on the successful delivery of exceptional places.

    The discussion will also focus on the benefits of good design in securing support for individual schemes and confidence in the broader planning systems and the importance of good design in supporting successful communities.

    Finally, our expert panel will explore how good design can be better integrated within the development process and consider the case for stronger support for design within the planning system.

    Generously hosted by: 


  • Tue

    Sustainable place making: how do we better integrate transport and housing policy?

    6:30 pmHall 11a, ICC, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA

    Speakers TBC 

    At its best, place making involves delivering on a shared vision. When developers come together with local government and infrastructure providers, they can look beyond the specifics of a single site and think strategically about the long-term sustainability of place.

    Within the current planning and housing policy context, this is not always easy. In practice, local housing and transport policy are often poorly integrated and negotiating shared objectives between local authorities and infrastructure providers can be challenging.

    This event will explore best practice and leadership in delivering sustainable places. Our expert panel, featuring Rob Boughton of Thakeham Group, will discuss cases where cooperation has unlocked sustainable development. We will also consider how planning policy – both nationally and locally – can be strengthened to better integrate transport and housing policy.

    Sponsored by:


  • Wed

    Inside the HCLG Select Committee: A Q&A with Mr Clive Betts, Chair of the Housing, Communities, and Local Government Select Committee

    8:30 amCentral Hall Westminster, Storey's Gate, London, SW1H 9NH

    The role of the Housing, Communities and Local Government is to monitor the policy, administration and spending of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.  The Committee sets its own programme and chooses its own subjects for inquiries.

    At a time of considerable change within the planning system, the committee offers the opportunity for cross-party scrutiny of new planning legislation.  It also monitors ongoing delivery through the planning system, and is well placed to recommend changes in policy and practice.

    This event will consider the ongoing work of the committee, its priorities on subjects for investigation going forward and its views on emerging policy.


  • Tue

    Under review: Improving the policy making processes in planning

    8:15 amCentral Hall Westminster, Storey's Gate, London, SW1H 9NH

    Panel: Liz Peace OBE,
    Richard Harwood OBE QC
    Kevin Hollinrake MP

    It often seems that the planning system in England is under constant review and reform.

    This event will examine the process through which planning policy has been reviewed in recent decades, how subsequent decisions about new policy have been made, and why it often seems that we see constant change, with little progress.

    The event will explore the political processes that shape the adoption of new planning policy and consider how the policy making process can be improved going forward.


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