Recent Events

  • Wed
    08
    May
    2019

    The Role of Country Estates in Delivering Local Development

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

    Panel: Hannah David (Chair); James Carpenter (Richborough Estates); Giles Dobson (Bidwells); Anthony Downs (Hatfield House)

    Privately owned, Country estates make up a large part of our countryside.  For many, they conjure up the idea of leafy landscapes within rural environments – the last place we would look to encourage development.  Yet many of these estates include areas close to the public transport, jobs and services of towns and villages across the country.

    This event will therefore explore the role such estates have in delivering housing and other forms of development and how landowners can engage in a positive way with the planning processes in order to support such development.

    From calls for sites to the production of local plans, our panel of experts will explore how country estates can enhance their role in delivering sustainable development.  We will also consider how the planning system itself might engage with country estates and their owners, who typically take a longer-term view of land development than more typical commercial players within the development industry.

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  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019

    A Q&A with Kit Malthouse, Minister of State for Housing

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

    We are delighted to be joined by Kit Malthouse, Minister of State for Housing, for a wide ranging Q&A on emerging housing and planning policy.

     

     

     

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  • Thu
    18
    Apr
    2019

    What's the Use: Are Current Use Classes Fit for Purpose?

    8:15 amHoward Kennedy, No. 1 London Bridge, London SE1 9BG

    Speakers: Alice Lester (LB Brent), James Penfold (The Collective), Anita Kasseean (Howard Kennedy).

    The last time the Use Classes Order was fully overhauled was in 1987. Since then, we have seen a range of innovations and disruptions within the development sector. Changes in industry, retail and the residential market have resulted in new forms of development which arguably do not fit easily within the traditional Use Classes.

    This event will explore whether or not the Use Classes Order is in need of major reform in order to fit within the current development context.

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  • Thu
    21
    Mar
    2019

    Planning for Retirement

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

    Speakers: Michael Stanworth (Lexington Communications); Emma Webster (Pegasus Life); Further Speakers TBC
    Chair: The Rt Hon Theresa Villers MP

    As the population ages, Local Authorities must plan for housing that caters specifically to the needs of older people. However, with a focus on delivering the volume of housing needed to meet the pressures of the Housing crisis, there is a danger that the needs of this group will not receive enough attention.

    This event will take a broad look at planning for specialist housing for older people. Our expert panel will outline best practice for Local Authorities seeking to plan proactively for retirement housing within their Local Plans. It will also consider whether National planning policy needs to be strengthened in order to drive delivery of housing in this sector.

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  • Thu
    21
    Feb
    2019

    Planning for SME Builders

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

    Speakers: Richard Bacon MP; Brian Berry (FMB), Robert Hayward (David Lock Associates), Robbie Greenaway (Clearview Homes). 

    Since the 1980’s the proportion of homes built by small and medium sized builders has fallen dramatically. The reasons for this are of course complex. A recent survey by the FMB found that the major constraints facing SME builders are the availability of land, the availability of finance and the demands of the planning system.

    This event will explore the challenges and opportunities that the planning system presents to SME builders. It will focus on how Local Authorities can use the planning system to boost the SME sector and help to diversify the Industry. It will also look at how National policy may be enhanced to improve the planning environment for SME builders.


     

  • Thu
    17
    Jan
    2019

    James Murray Q&A - Chaired by Steve Norris

    8:15 amThe Council Room, Church House, Great Smith Street, Westminster SW1P 3AZ

    This event will explore the working relationship within the GLA between its transport, housing and planning functions.  It will also look at the manner in which the aims and objectives of each policy area are brought together through the process of policy design and implementation.

    Following a brief presentation from the Deputy Mayor, there will be a Q&A chaired by Planning Futures' Advisory Board Member, Steve Norris.

     

     


     

  • Wed
    09
    Jan
    2019

    New Year's Member's Reception

    7:00 pm

    Key Note Speaker: Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

    We are delighted to announce that our New Year's Member's Reception will take place on Wednesday 9th January.  Join us for drinks, canapés and a key note address from Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

     

     

     


     

  • Fri
    07
    Dec
    2018

    Housing Delivery Through the Planning System- The Homes England Approach

    8:15 amThe Council Room, Church House, Great Smith Street, Westminster SW1P 3AZ

    Speaker: Lindsey Richards FRTPI, Head of Planning, Enabling and Design, Homes England


     

  • Wed
    14
    Nov
    2018

    The Value of Planning: What role does planning play in delivering the broader objectives of a Local Authority?

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

    Speakers: Cllr Will Sweet – Planning Applications Committee (Chair) – LB Wandsworth; Cllr Danny Beales – Investing in Communities (Cabinet Member) – LB Camden; Cllr Gotz Mohindra – Planning Committee (Chair) – City of Westminster; Mayor Cllr Bernadette Khan – Council (Chair) – LB Croydon

     


     

  • Mon
    01
    Oct
    2018

    How local authorities can use the planning system to drive housing delivery

    8:00 amFortissimo, Hyatt Regency, Birmingham, B1 2JZ

    Speakers: Kit Malthouse MP, Minister of State for Housing; Natalie Elphicke OBE, CEO, Housing and Finance Institute; Jonathan Layzell, Executive Director of Development, Stonewater

    The planning system is sometimes regarded as putting barriers in the way of development. In reality, the planning systems offers local authorities a range of tools to drive housing delivery in their areas. This event will explore how local authorities can best deploy their planning powers to deliver the homes we need.

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  • Mon
    01
    Oct
    2018

    Sustainable Place Making and the Green Belt

    3:45 pmExecutive Room 8, ICC Birmingham, B1 2EA

    Speakers: Kevin Hollinrake MP; Rob Boughton, Chief Executive, Thakeham Group; Cllr David Simmonds, Deputy Chairman, LGA & Deputy Leader, LB Hillingdon

    Taking a broad look at current challenges to delivering the homes people desire where they desire as well as current Green Belt policy, we will consider the case for Green Belt release in specific instances & reasons for protection, ultimately posing the question: Is it thwarting sustainable place making or protecting communities from urban sprawl?

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  • Tue
    11
    Sep
    2018

    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.


     

  • Thu
    23
    Aug
    2018

    New NPPF: Briefing with Steve Quartermain CBE

    8:15 amHoward Kennedy, No. 1 London Bridge, London SE1 9BG

    Speaker: Steve Quartermain CBE, Chief Planner

    Following the publication of the New NPPF, we are delighted to announce this breakfast briefing with the Chief Planner, Steve Quartermain. 

     

     

     

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  • Thu
    19
    Jul
    2018

    Summer Member's Reception

    6:00 pmShepherd’s of Westminster, Marsham Street London, SW1P 4LA

    Key Note Speaker: Victoria Hills, Chief Executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute

    We are delighted to announce that our Summer Member’s Reception will take place on Thursday 19th of July.  Join us at Shepherd’s of Westminster for drinks, canapés and a key note address from Victoria Hills, Chief Executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

     

     

     


     

  • Wed
    11
    Jul
    2018

    Inside the HCLG Select Committee: A Q&A with Clive Betts

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

    Speaker: Mr Clive Betts MP, Chair of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee

    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
    03
    Jul
    2018

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

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

    Speakers: Rob Boughton, Chief Executive, Thakeham Group; Councillor Linda Haysey, Leader, East Herts DC; and Councillor Mark Mills-Bishop, Leader, Broxbourne BC. 

    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.

    Places at this event are limited.  To reserve a place, please RSVP here.

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  • Fri
    22
    Jun
    2018

    Planning and Design

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

    Panel:
    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.

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  • Wed
    06
    Jun
    2018

    A Q&A with Rt. Hon. John Healey MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Housing

    8:15 amHoward Kennedy, No. 1 London Bridge, London SE1 9BG

    Speaker: The Rt Hon John Healey MP 

    We are delighted to be joined by Rt. Hon. John Healey MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Housing for this Q&A session. A former Minister of State for Housing, planning and housing have been central to Mr Healey’s Parliamentary career. In 2015 he commissioned the Redfern Review, and is currently leading of Labour’s housing policy development. The Q&A session will draw on emerging Labour Party thinking on both planning and housing policy, and will look at the approach a prospective Labour Government would take in relation to the ongoing housing crisis.

    This event is open to Planning Futures members only. If you are interested in joining Planning Futures, please see our membership page, or contact Hannah David at

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  • Wed
    09
    May
    2018

    Summer Parliamentary Reception

    18:30 - 20:30House of Lords Terrace Pavilion

    Following the success of last year’s event, we are delighted to announce our second Annual Summer Parliamentary Reception. This event is open to senior colleagues from across the planning and development sectors, along with interested Members of Parliament from all political parties. Join us for drinks, canapes and high-level networking.

    This event is by invitation only. If you would like to attend, please email

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  • Thu
    19
    Apr
    2018

    London Plan Briefing: Housing with Jamie Ratcliff, Assistant Director – Housing (GLA)

    8:15 amAECOM, Aldgate Tower, 2 Leman Street, London E1 8FA

    Speaker: Jamie Ratcliff

    Jamie Ratcliff’s career has focused on housing delivery. Over the course of the last ten years, he has held roles at Norwich City Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and the GLA. He is also an Associate of the Centre for London, for which he has written reports on housing delivery. We are delighted to be joined by Mr Ratcliff for this briefing on London’s emerging housing policies. The event will comprise a brief presentation followed by a Q&A session.

    This event is open to Planning Futures members only. If you are interested in joining Planning Futures, please see our membership page, or contact Hannah David at

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  • Thu
    15
    Feb
    2018

    A Q&A with Steve Quartermain, Chief Planner

    8:15 amDentons Solicitors, 1 Fleet Place, London EC4M 7RA

    We are delighted to be joined for this Q&A session by Steve Quartermain, Chief Planner at DCLG. Before taking up this role in 2008, Mr Quartermain had a long career in Local Government. He also served as the interim Chief Executive of the Planning Inspectorate.

    The Q&A will focus on recent changes to planning policy and emerging thinking within DCLG on the future of the planning system in England.

    This event is open to Planning Futures members only. If you are interested in joining Planning Futures, please see our membership page, or contact Hannah David at

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  • Wed
    17
    Jan
    2018

    Leadership in Planning

    8:15 amCentral Hall, Westminster, SW1H 9NH

    Panel: Anna Rose, Planning Advisory Service; Steve Ingram, Planning Officers Society
    Chair: Hannah David, Planning Futures

    Leadership at officer and member level is central to delivery through the planning system. Through our ongoing research and events programme, leadership has been cited consistently by planning stakeholders as one of the most important factors in running an effective planning service. This event will explore the factors underlying effective leadership in planning. It will look to how we can deliver stronger leadership at both officer and member level within Local authorities.

    This event is open to Planning Futures members only. If you are interested in joining Planning Futures, please see our membership page, or contact Hannah David at


     

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