As we begin to return to normal – or to a new normal – following the COVID-19 crisis, we are working closely with our members and sponsors to create events that fit new and emerging patterns of work. To this end, many of our breakfast events will remain online for the remainder of 2021. For members who wish to network at in person events, we have created the PF Supper Club – a series of dinners featuring speakers from across the built environment.

Upcoming Events

  • Thu

    The Environment Bill: What Next? A Briefing from Rebecca Pow MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    2.00pm - 3.00pm Zoom (Online only)

    Rebecca Pow MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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    As work continues on the Government’s flagship Environment Bill ahead of its re-introduction to Parliament in the next session, this event will explore the Government’s vision for this fresh piece of legislation.

    It will look in particular at the mandate for “net gain in biodiversity through the planning system” - a requirement that development should increase biodiversity by 10% - and the new responsibilities that this will confer on the range of built environment stakeholders.

    We will be joined for this session by Rebecca Pow MP, the Minister responsible for the Bill.

    Following a brief presentation, the Minister will take questions from the chair and from the floor.

    Zoom registration details will be circulated to members before the event


  • Thu

    Planning in Practice: Local Plan Engagement

    8.30am - 10.00amMaurice Barnett Room, Central Hall, Westminster, SW1H 9NH

    Hannah David (Chair) - Planning Futures; Ross Whear - Head of Planning/Economic Development, Hertsmere BC; Nick Kilby - CEO, Cratus Comms; Additional speaker (tbc)

    Local Plans set the parameters for development within each local authority area - from high-level strategic policies, to often detailed site allocations.  Within England’s plan-led system, they help to direct investment and shape the built environment over the long-term.  In consequence, all built environment stakeholders have an interest in the plan making process.

    This event, the latest in our series of CPD accredited events, will explore how stakeholders can best engage with Local Authorities at each stage of the plan making process: from the pre-plan making stage to Regulation 18 and 19 consultations, and Examination in public.

    It will consider:

    • How to engage with LA’s at each stage of the plan making process
    • How to respond to a call for sites
    • Examples of best practice LA consultation


    The panel for this event will feature public and private sector experts on the local plan making process and is suitable for all built environment stakeholders.

    Please e mail  for details or to register (there is also a hybrid option for attendance).



  • Thu

    Planning in Practice: The National Model Design Code - lessons from the pilots

    8.30am - 10.00amMaurice Barnett Room, Central Hall, Westminster SW1H 9NH

    Andrew Taylor (Chair) - Countryside Properties; Dr Jennifer Thomas - DLUHC; Steve Quartermain; Pilot Authority (tbc)

    The most recent version of the NPPF places a new emphasis on the role of design in planning.  Paragraph 128 states that “all local planning authorities should prepare design guides or codes consistent with the principles set out in the National Design Guide and [the new] National Model Design Code.”

    In May 2021 MHCLG announced that it had chosen 14 local Authorities to test the new Code.  With pilot funding of £50,000, each of these Local Authorities has been given six months to produce a local design code.

    As the first design codes are completed under this new regime, this event will explore the lessons that have been learned by the participating local authorities and contemplate how the new guidance will shape the development process for all planning stakeholders going forward.

    It will consider:

    • Emerging best practice within the first tranche of Local Design Codes
    • The role that Design Codes will play in the planning process in the coming years
    • How developers and planners can meet new design requirements in their work


    This panel will feature leading experts from Government, both National and Local and is suitable for Local Authority officers and members who wish to learn from the early experience of their colleagues, and for private sector planners, and developers, seeking to understand how the new design codes will work in practice.

    Please e mail  for details or to register (there is also a hybrid option for attendance).


  • Thu

    House of Lords Reception: Planning Futures in partnership with the LPDF

    6.30pm - 8.30pmCholmondeley Room, House of Lords


    We are delighted to partner with the LPDF to bring you our fourth annual Parliamentary reception.

    The Lord Porter of Spalding has kindly agreed to be the events' sponsoring Peer.

    The reception is open to invited guests only - invitations will be sent in February 2021 - please email  for further information.


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