Planning Policy Under the New Government

Confirmed speakers:

  • Matthew Spry, Senior Director, Lichfields
  • Harry Burchill, Planning Policy Officer, RTPI
  • Mark Winterburn, Policy Adviser, RIBA
  • Ray Farrow, Senior Consultant, Home Builders Federation
  • Gilian Macinnes, Planning and Placemaking Advisor, Gilian Macinnes Associates
  • Alyn Jones, Director of Economic & Community Infrastructure Operations, Somerset County Council
  • Professor Janice Morphet, Visiting Professor, The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL (event chair)


The Housing White Paper included a number of proposed planning reforms to support housing development, including the introduction of a Housing Delivery Test and a standardised approach to assessing housing requirements. Meanwhile, the Government is set to publish revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in the coming months.

The Government is also making the delivery of infrastructure a key priority, having set up the National Infrastructure Commission earlier this year and recently launched a £2.3 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund in July. The Housing White Paper also included proposals to reform the current system of Developer Contributions, which support improvements to local infrastructure.

Join us on 19th October to be briefed on the Government's planning reforms and its policy priorities for local and national infrastructure.

Key issues to be addressed:

  • Changes to planning policy in the National Planning Policy Framework
  • Introduction of a Housing Delivery Test
  • Standardised approach to assessing housing requirements
  • Changes to the definition of “affordable housing”
  • Proposals to support the delivery of more Starter Homes and Build to Rent homes
  • Brownfield land registers and Permission in Principle
  • Identifying development opportunities that can be unlocked by major new infrastructure
  • £2.3 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund
  • Reforms to CIL & Section 106
  • Ensuring utilities companies put appropriate infrastructure in place for new developments
  • The Government's priorities for National Infrastructure
  • Planning for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects

The event:

The morning session will provide an up-to-date brief on the new Government’s reforms to the planning system to deliver more housing.

The afternoon will focus on Government policies and priorities for improving local and national infrastructure.

Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

Who should attend?

Delegates will be drawn from anyone with an interest in planning policy, including: planning & regeneration officers; elected members; developers & the wider construction sector; solicitors; community groups & land owners.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

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Thursday 19th October 2017

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each
Above prices exclude VAT

Background Quote

“We will invest in making the planning system more open and accessible, improve the co-ordination of public investment in infrastructure, support timely connections to utilities, and tackle unnecessary delays.”

- The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Prime Minister, Housing White Paper, February 2017

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