Planning Events

From major infrastructure projects to town and country planning, our conferences bring planning professionals together to get up to speed with new policy, regulatory changes, and complex planning application processes.

Event calendar

  • 5th Annual: Connecting Projects to the Grid 2017

    Tue 16th - Wed 17th May 2017 Herbert Smith Freehills, London

    The Connecting Projects to the Grid conference will return in 2017 and provide the latest updates on the transition from DNOs to DSOs and what this means for the sector, explore how to secure a faster connections for your projects and how capacity can be maximised. Attendees will hear the latest guidance on how to create a more flexible energy network and the role of new technologies in balancing the supply and demand of energy, including active network management and energy storage.

    Compulsory Purchase Masterclass 2017

    Thu 25th May 2017 Pinsent Masons, London

    Starting early and beginning planning and negotiations in the right way, can help reduce both risk and costs when conducting land assembly and compulsory purchase. This masterclass will explore how to conduct compulsory purchase for new developments and regeneration schemes, providing practical guidance and expert advice to help you with your project.

    Transport-Led Development in Wales 2017

    Wed 14th June 2017 Park Inn, Central Cardiff

    This one day event will look at the delivery of transport infrastructure in Wales, and transport's influence on development and regeneration. The day will explore emerging regeneration opportunities for developers, and best practice in delivering transport projects that enhance the local area and unlock economic growth.

    Consultation and Stakeholder Engagement for Infrastructure 2017

    Tue 20th June 2017 Burges Salmon, London

    Going far beyond just the principles and regulations to explore in real terms how consultation can best be delivered whilst operating within budgetary and time constraints, this unique forum provides your best opportunity this year to stay ahead of the consultation curve.

    You will learn from consultation experts and experienced practitioners when to engage, how to manage consultation alongside your project development, and how to time consultation so it can have a genuine impact on the project design or route.

    Airport Surface Access 2017

    Wed 21st June 2017 Ashurst, London

    Hear from UK airports on their short term and long term plans for surface access improvements and the value of improving connectivity, not just in the South East of England but regionally. Attend to explore how to identify the best solutions, from road and rail links to bus and tram connections, for airports of all sizes, and receive the latest insight from international airports and the lessons that can be learnt from these.

    3rd Annual: UK Rail Station Development and Regeneration 2017

    Thu 22nd June 2017 Addleshaw Goddard, London

    Providing practical and applicable solutions to implement in your project, you will discover valuable lessons learned from completed regeneration schemes, discuss the importance of building cross-industry partnerships and understand how to keep passenger satisfaction at the forefront of change.

    Benefit from 120+ senior professionals in the rail, property and investment sectors gathering to hear industry leaders and innovators discuss areas including funding, best practice for delivery and strategies for improved pedestrian flows in station projects.

    7th Annual: Community Infrastructure Levy and s106 Masterclass 2017

    Tue 4th July 2017 Dentons, London

    After a sell-out event in 2016, the Community Infrastructure Levey & s106 Masterclass returns for 2017 to provide the latest practical guidance on the spending & management of the levy, in addition to exploring the recommendations made in the CIL review, including both the short term and long term implications.

    Local authorities, developers and planning professionals will gather to share their experiences of the levy and examine the challenges and issues that they currently face. Attendees will explore how to identify the priorities for CIL spending and how to establish the governance processes to manage this, with first-hand advice from those in areas where CIL is implemented. They day will also review the impacts of s106 pooling restrictions and hear how authorities have been managing where CIL isn't in place.

    Ensuring Effective Delivery of NSIPs

    Tue 11th July 2017 Pinsent Masons, London

    With over 50 projects now consented through the Planning Act 2008 process, how can these projects be successfully delivered and what lessons can be learnt from them to help construction of future NSIPs. This focused half day event will bring together planning and construction professionals to explore how flexibility can be built into DCOs, the importance of treating DCO planning and construction as a whole, and what can be done during pre-application to help with delivery.

    Delivering the UK’s Road Network 2017

    Thu 13th July 2017 Burges Salmon, London

    Delivering the UK's Road Network is an all new focused event on changing highway delivery models, from Highway England's plans to the growth of Subnational Transport Bodies and collaboration between public and private sector.

    Join senior professionals and thought leaders to hear how to best manage your assets and prepare current and future road investment strategies. Attendees will also receive comprehensive guidance on the DCO process and how to prepare for technology advancements such as smart motorways and connected, autonomous vehicles.

  • Air Quality and Planning Masterclass 2017

    Thu 23rd February 2017 CMS Cameron McKenna, London

    Air quality is a key consideration in planning application decisions. It is essential for developers to assess air quality issues before submitting an application for new developments. Failure to do so has been proven to be a key factor in delaying, refusing or invalidating the application.

    5th Annual: Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Forum 2017

    Tue 7th - Wed 8th February 2017 etc. venues - St. Paul’s, London

    Widely recognised as the industry's largest gathering for those involved with NSIPs projects, this event brings together project promoters, local authorities, statutory consultees, and planning professionals to share best practice on creating a successful application.

    2nd Annual: Transport-Led Development in the North of England 2017

    Wed 1st February 2017 DLA Piper, Manchester

    This one day event will look at the delivery of transport infrastructure in the North of England, and transport's influence on development and regeneration. The day will explore emerging regeneration opportunities for developers, and best practice in delivering transport projects.

    Delivering Local Plans 2017

    Tue 24th January 2017 Norton Rose Fulbright, London

    With the Government due to intervene where local plans aren't in place from 2017 it is essential to make sure you have adopted an up to date local plan.

    This event reviews how to prepare new and updated local plans. Attend to review how to create a local plan - from establishing housing needs, to how to deliver housing growth, and working with neighbouring local authorities.

    Transport-Led Development in London and the South East 2017

    Tue 17th January 2017 Pinsent Masons, London

    With a number of large scale developments happening in London and more expected in the next years and a new Mayor committed to deliver more efficient and sustainable transport, there are currently numerous development opportunities.

    This one-day event provides an update on the delivery of new transport infrastructure and associated development opportunities, including Euston Station, Old Oak Common and the Bakerloo line extension.

    Meeting the UK’s Infrastructure Needs

    Wed 23rd November 2016 De Vere Venues - West One, London

    With the Government remaining committed to investment in growth and infrastructure across the country and the National Infrastructure Commission in the process of identifying infrastructure needs and priorities ahead of publishing its National Infrastructure Assessment, this is a must attend event to identify which projects are coming forward in the short term and how they will be delivered

    The event will be the first of its kind to bring together developers, investors and the planning community, to gain a forward look at future infrastructure projects in the pipeline and to provide an in-depth analysis on how to fund and deliver different types of infrastructure.

    Transport-Led Development in the Midlands 2016

    Wed 19th October 2016 DLA Piper, Birmingham

    This one day event will provide practical guidance on transport-led regeneration and development and the latest updates on future infrastructure schemes in the Midlands. It will also explore various finance options that are available for transport-led projects and look at the growing role of developer contributions and partnership working.

    5th Annual: Major Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Planning in Wales 2016

    Tue 18th October 2016 Marriott Hotel, Cardiff

    Returning for the 5th year this event provides an in-depth update on planning processes and changing planning policies in Wales following the Planning (Wales) Act 2015. Welcoming over 140+ developers, local authorities and the wider planning community, this is a unique opportunity to hear practical guidance on how to successfully gain planning approval for your project.

    Attend to discuss the planning process for developments of national significance (DNS) in Wales, hear the latest views from developers on how to apply for a DNS and learn more about what it means for new renewable energy schemes. Attendees will benefit from the expertise of people currently working on schemes in Wales and hear case studies that will consider how the lessons learned from these NSIP projects can be used when making an application for a DNS.

    2nd Annual: UK Rail Station Regeneration and Development 2016

    Wed 13th July 2016 Pinsent Masons, London

    UK Rail Station Regeneration and Development welcomes over 120 senior professionals from the rail, property and investment sectors to explore the benefits of investing in rail stations and the associated regeneration and development opportunities. The only event of its kind in the UK, the event will also discuss the impact of station investment on commercial and property development around the station and how this influences economic growth.

    4th Annual: Public Consultation and Stakeholder Engagement for Major Infrastructure Projects Masterclass 2016

    Thu 30th June 2016 Burges Salmon, London

    The 2016 masterclass will go into more depth than ever before and cover all the key topics including ensuring public engagement is meaningful, inclusive and demonstrates community benefit, appreciating the role of preliminary environmental information in consultation and navigating statutory requirements of pre-application consultation. With public consultation a key element of any major infrastructure project application, understanding this statutory requirement and ensuring optimum insight into projects is key.

    Transport-Led Development in Wales 2016

    Tue 28th June 2016 Park Plaza Hotel, Cardiff

    With specific focus on projects in Wales including the Metro and the M4 road development, this is the only forum that focuses both on the regeneration opportunities on the horizon, provides an update on current projects and highlights best practice in delivering transport projects. Get the latest advice on how to use transport-led infrastructure to unlock economic growth and win the hearts and minds of local stakeholders.

    6th Annual: Community Infrastructure Levy and s106 Masterclass 2016

    Wed 15th June 2016 Dentons, London

    At this event you will hear practical guidance on how to manage the administration of CIL once it is adopted; explore how to establish governance structures and how to identify the priorities for CIL spending, including how best to engage with parish councils about the local meaningful proportion. Attend for the latest updates on CIL regulations, explore CIL exemptions and reliefs including how to manage the process, and hear the development industry view on the charge.

    4th Annual: Connecting Projects to the Grid 2016

    Wed 25th - Thu 26th May 2016

    With the grid nearing capacity in many areas there are pressures to ensure faster connections to maximise project potential and increase viability. With more applications than ever being made to the distribution network and the growing size of some …

    8th Annual: UK Ports Conference 2016

    Tue 24th - Wed 25th May 2016 Hill Dickinson LLP, London

    Now in its 8th year, the UK Annual Ports Conference has been expanded for 2016 into a two-day programme, with day 1 providing the latest updates on policy issues, exploring the current trends and outlook, the examining "big" issues around national and regional and local infrastructure development. Day Two will examine and evaluate the opportunities and gaps in terms of port development for growing markets, considering the opportunities for ports to capitalise on renewable energy, containerised shipping and the development of intermodal facilities.

    This major national conference for the UK ports industry will also examine recent shipping trends and provide expert opinions on the outlook for shipping in terms of traffic forecasts via UK ports, both in the short-term and into 2020. Speakers will provide a succinct overview and update of the UK and EU ports policy landscape; vital to ports executives for shaping commercial objectives which are realistic and achievable in today's uncertain and competitive market.

    Waterfront’s National Infrastructure Commission Conference

    Wed 4th May 2016 Pinsent Masons, London

    This event will enable delegates to understand the purpose of the new National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). It will examine the areas the NIC has been asked to focus on and consider what their work means for future infrastructure projects.

    With the first priorities of the Commission being to review the connectivity of Northern cities and HS3, investment in London's transport infrastructure, and energy infrastructure investment, this event will consider what the recommendations of the Commission could mean for these areas. Take a look at the draft programme here.

    Transport-Led Development in the North of England

    Wed 9th March 2016 DLA Piper, Manchester

    With the government’s commitment to developing the northern powerhouse, large scale transport projects already underway, and a focus on development and economic growth in the North, there are currently numerous development opportunities, as new and improved transport infrastructure

    4th Annual: Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Forum 2016

    Tue 9th - Wed 10th February 2016 Grand Connaught Rooms, London

    The UK's leading conference on the application process for nationally significant infrastructure projects returns to London on February 9-10th 2016. Due to overwhelming demand, this year's conference has moved to a private venue to allow for technical guidance, including a brand new stream on post-consent which will explore DCO implementation and preparing for construction.

    Widely recognised as the industry's largest gathering for those involved with NSIPs projects, this event has attracted 400 attendees since it launched in 2013, bringing together project promoters, local authorities, statutory consultees, and planning professionals to share best practice on creating a successful application.  A must-attend event for anyone involved in infrastructure planning, this conference will help you gain a complete understanding of how to prepare a DCO as you to hear crucial insights from The Planning Inspectorate and those that have successfully completed the process.

    Transport-Led Development in London and the South East

    Wed 13th January 2016 Pinsent Masons, London

    With a number of large scale transport projects coming forward in London over the next few years, this event will explore emerging regeneration opportunities for developers, and best practice in delivering transport projects that enhance the local area and maximise economic growth.

    Hear from developers, local authorities and transport planners as they explore how we can realise the full potential of these projects. By providing updates on future infrastructure schemes including Crossrail 2 and Old Oak Common, and reviewing case studies and lessons learnt from recent developments, the event will provide practical guidance on transport-led regeneration.

    4th Annual: Major Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Planning in Wales 2015

    Wed 21st October 2015 Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa, Cardiff

    An essential update on planning processes in Wales, this master class will provide you with all the guidance you need to successfully gain planning approval for your major infrastructure or renewable energy project.

    Welcoming over 100 developers, local authorities and the wider planning sector, the industry will come together in essential discussions on best practice. You will hear insight on both the traditional TCPA application process and the DCO planning process, and engage in important discussions on the future of planning in Wales following the introduction of the Planning (Wales) Bill.

    Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project Application Master Class 2015 (Northern Edition)

    Wed 14th October 2015 Pinsent Masons Manchester

    The application process for a nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP) can be complex and there are a number of requirements that need to be met to ensure a successful application. This unique event, part of the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project Master Class series, will provide insight into how to take your scheme through the entire process and explain how you can gain approval for your DCO.

    The Applying for a Development Consent Order using the Planning Act 2008 event will bring together project promoters, local authorities and planning experts, to consider all the processes and key requirements and provide a detailed look at each stage of the process you to need to complete to be granted approval for an NSIP. From pre-application to examination, the day will use a combination of case studies and expert advice to provide you with guidance to help you avoid problems that could cause delays to your project.

    UK Rail Station Regeneration and Development 2015

    Wed 8th July 2015 Dentons, London

    At this event you will explore the benefits of investing in rail stations and how this can help regenerating the area at both a local and regional level. The event will also discuss the impact of station investment on commercial and property development around the station and how this influences economic growth.

    Hear case studies of recent investment in railways stations and what the impact of these were to the area, while also considering what opportunities will be available from future developments. Industry experts who have worked on a number of station schemes will discuss a range of topics exploring how to best progress station development and the benefits of development, these include the benefit of a fully integrated and connected station and how this can be delivered, city transformation through urban regeneration and retail and property opportunities station development can offer.

    5th Annual: Community Infrastructure Levy & s106 Master Class 2015

    Thu 2nd July 2015 DLA Piper London

    Since the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was first introduced 5 years ago there have been a number of changes to the original policy and many lessons can be learnt from the introduction of the charge by local authorities. With the charge now adopted across a number of authorities, and more in the process of implementing the levy, and s106 pooling restrictions coming into effect from April 2015, now is an important time to review CIL.

    Local authorities, developers and consultants will gather at the Community Infrastructure Levy Master Class 2015 to share their experiences of the levy and examine the challenges and issues that they face regarding CIL.  You will hear practical guidance on how to manage the administration of CIL once it is adopted; explore how to establish governance structures and how to identify the priorities for CIL spending that allow you to balance the delivery of new infrastructure to unlock growth and further development.

    Public Consultation and Stakeholder Engagement for Major Infrastructure Projects Master Class 2015

    Tue 30th June 2015 Burges Salmon, London

    This one day master class will bring together project promoters to discuss how to successfully conduct a public consultation. The day will provide you with practical guidance on how to conduct the consultation process - looking beyond the requirements of consultations to the technicalities of how they can be conducted.

    You will explore how to take your consultation from start to finish - from preparation, to the consultation itself, to the analysis of feedback.  Hear different methods to identify and engage with stakeholders and communities, understand the latest technologies that are available to help depict your project and look at how to analyse results including how to create the consultation report.

    3rd Annual: Connecting Projects To The Grid 2015

    Thu 14th May 2015 Burges Salmon, London

    An essential element in the delivery of any new energy infrastructure project is to ensure that the scheme can be connected to the grid, and this is one of the greatest challenges facing a number of new developments. This detailed master class will provide you with an in-depth guide to the connection process and examine all aspects surrounding gaining access to both the transmission and distribution networks.

    Port Strategy: Maximising Your Port’s Potential Through Infrastructure Solutions

    Wed 25th February 2015 Bircham Dyson Bell, London

    This event will explore how you can upgrade existing port infrastructure and deliver new developments to maximise your port's potential. By looking at a number of important issues, you will have the chance to consider the optimum strategy for your port, discuss the benefits of having a port master plan in place and assess the importance of port economic forecasting on development.

    Attend to examine the different planning consenting routes and find out how you can plan for new development, including how to match timelines for planning, environmental and dredging consents, to result in effective project delivery. Understand what infrastructure solutions are needed by exploring the latest trends and impacts of changing shipping patterns and size.

    Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Master Class 2015

    Tue 10th - Wed 11th February 2015 Pinsent Masons, London

    This unique master class will provide you with in-depth guidance on how to apply for a development consent order using the Planning Act 2008. Across 2 days, it will consider all the processes and key requirements and provide a detailed look at each stage of the process you to need to complete to be granted approval for a nationally significant infrastructure project.

    This year's flexible format will allow you to choose from one full day and two half-day sessions, ensuring you receive the tailored support you need for your project, or attend both days for a complete overview of the process.

    UK Air-Rail Update 2015

    Mon 9th February 2015 DLA Piper London

    After a successful inaugural event, the UK Air-Rail Update conference returns to London for 2015 to showcase and discuss all the latest developments in air-rail policy in the UK, with representatives from across industry and government.

    Covering everything from HS2, Thameslink and Crossrail connectivity, to integrated ticketing systems and an overview of air rail projects across the world, UK Air-Rail Update 2015 is a critical event for aviation and rail professionals as well as third party stakeholders looking to get a grasp of the current state of air-rail and to network with key industry contacts.

    Planning for Flood Resilience and Adaptation for Climate Change

    Thu 20th November 2014

    This timely event will explore how you can both deliver new flood resilient developments and how you can adapt existing property to increase protections from flooding. By looking at innovative new methods that will allow development in flood risk areas attendees will hear how to maximise the use of available land to deliver new infrastructure safely while also providing flood defences to benefit existing communities.

    Consider the cost benefits of adaptation versus the cost of repairing flood damage and explore how these solutions can be delivered practically including examining what new method of drainage are available to deliver flood resilience.

    Funding for Infrastructure Projects 2014

    Wed 22nd October 2014 Bircham Dyson Bell, London

    With many different and complex means of funding infrastructure projects available, this one day conference will provide an overview of available methods and explore potential new funding opportunities.

    The event will offer a comprehensive guide to funding solutions for new infrastructure projects.  It will cover a variety of funding types and provide detailed case studies of funding major projects.

    Planning for Major Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Projects in Wales 2014

    Wed 15th October 2014 Eversheds LLP, Cardiff

    This must-attend conference on major infrastructure planning and renewable energy in Wales will bring together developers, planning consultants and local authorities from across Wales to debate the latest issues facing major infrastructure and renewable energy planning in Wales.

    Attendees will have the chance to examine the current system for renewable energy and major infrastructure planning in Wales, hearing case studies from a range of successful projects that will provide them with practical guidance and advice on how to create successful applications.

    Gaining Planning Consent for Business and Commercial Developments

    Thu 10th July 2014 Bircham Dyson Bell, London

    With the extension of the Planning Act 2008 last year, some nationally significant business and commercial developments can now apply for planning consent using this regime. For the larger and most complex projects, this offers an alternative way to apply for projects that require multiple consents.

    Considering key factors such as timescales and costs, join project developers, local authorities and planning consultants at this event, as they attend to compare the advantages and disadvantages of both systems and to fully understand the process and which option would be preferable for your project.

    Public Consultation and Stakeholder Engagement for Major Infrastructure Projects 2014

    Thu 3rd July 2014 Pinsent Masons, London

    At this event project promoters, consultation professionals and local authorities will gather to share case studies and knowledge gained through the consultation process. Hear innovative new techniques to apply to your own projects and pick up advice that will enable you to become more effective in your communications with the public and stakeholders.

    Explore when is the right time to start consultation, how to create a realistic timetable and demonstrate how public engagement has shaped your project.

    Strategic Planning to Deliver Growth

    Wed 21st May 2014 Bircham Dyson Bell, London

    This conference examines how we can plan for growth and explores practical approaches to the issues which are frequently causing problems for local plans at the examination stage.

    Attend to discuss solutions to these problems and learn from others' experiences, as local authorities, developers and planning professional come together to discuss how to meet housing need through planning, the impact of policy changes and what is next for strategic planning.

    Planning for Small and Medium Renewable Energy Projects

    Tue 25th February 2014 Norton Rose Fulbright

    This conference provided in-depth guidance on the process of gaining planning consent for your scheme, from the initial siting consideration to preparing the planning application.

    Developers, local authorities and planning consultants gathered to hear about the planning processes and protocols including pre-application consultation, specific requirements for different types of project and how to simultaneously plan for grid connection.

    The unique event brought together industry leaders to provide an update on the process, share case studies of projects, and explore how to practically execute the application process.

    Financing and Funding Infrastructure Projects

    Thu 19th September 2013 Bircham Dyson Bell, London

    This one day conference provided an opportunity for delegates from across the infrastructure sectors to share best practice and identify potential funding and financing solutions for new infrastructure projects.

    Speakers addressed a number of important topics, such as: funding through planning gains and tax revenues,  debt funding and the opportunities available from private financing and institutional investment..

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