Virtual Conference

Local Plan Masterclass

Thursday 08 October 2020


Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
Richard Kimblin QC
No5 Chambers
Local Plans: what do the proposals in “Planning for the Future” mean for the future of local plans?
Michael Bingham OBE
Deputy Director – Planning Reform
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Using the Housing Delivery Test and the new standard methodology for assessing housing needs to meet demand
  • How sensitive is the Housing Delivery Test in identifying local authorities that are falling short?
  • Producing action plans and identifying a 20% buffer for land development
  • What will the new standard methodology mean for site allocation and delivery?
  • What are the flaws in the new standard methodology for assessing housing needs?
  • How to identify deliverable sites to enable development
Jonathan Dixon
Director, Planning
Morning break and networking
Updating your local plan under the new policy changes to meet housing targets in your local area
  • What requirements need to be met by local authorities in light of the policy changes?
  • Updating your local plan to meet the new NPPF guidance
  • Identifying a 5 year land supply to meet housing needs – small site allocations and entry-level exception sites
  • Identifying deliverable sites and the evidence that needs to be submitted with your plan
  • The reality of delivering new homes to reach the housing supply targets
  • What opportunities and challenges does the policy change present for different stakeholders and housing delivery?
Rachel Clements
Associate Director
The impacts of neighbourhood plans on meeting housing targets and enabling new development in relation to local plans
  • Using Local Plans in parallel with Neighbourhood Plans to identify housing needs and development sites
  • How can these two plans work together to achieve housing targets?
  • The impact of neighbourhood plans on local plans
Roy Pinnock
The opportunities and constraints that the Green Belt has on meeting housing demands
  • Why are Local authorities reviewing their Green Belt?
  • What is the Government’s position on Green Belt release?
  • How much Green Belt has  been released to date?
  • Green Belt studies – what are they are about and what are they used for?
  • How should the remaining Green Belt be enhanced?
  • When can exceptional circumstances be used to justify Green Belt release and how do you make a case for this?
Sarah Young
Director, Planning
Land Use Consultants
Josh Allen
Associate Environmental Planner
Land Use Consultants
Lunch break and networking
Implications of the revised NPPF on developing the viability evidence to support local plans
  • The impacts of the requirements of the new NPPF guidance to determine viability at the local plan planning stage
  • What impacts does the changes in the viability requirements in light of the revised NPPF guidance have on developers and local authorities?
  • The challenges local authorities face when undertaking viability assessments
  • Best practice guidelines for conducting viability assessments of Local Plan policies
  • The proposed changes in the White Paper – is a nationally set single infrastructure tariff workable in practice?
Anthony Lee
Head of UK Development Consultancy, Senior Director
BNP Paribas Real Estate
Examinations of local plans – what common pitfalls do you need to avoid to prevent delays to your local plan?
Jerry Youle
Professional Lead for Local Plans
Planning Inspectorate
What challenges are local authorities facing in updating local plans and meeting housing targets?
  • What challenges and opportunities does the new NPPF guidance present for local authorities?
  • Will the new NPPF guidance speed up house delivery?
  • How can we address lack of resources to enable local authorities to build housing and enable delivery?
  • Using joint planning between neighbouring authorities to help accelerate housing delivery
Stephen Kelly
Joint Director of Planning & Economic Development
Cambridge City Council
Afternoon break and networking
Working with local authorities to enable housing delivery
  • What are the principles of the White Paper proposals?
  • What challenges and opportunities does the White Paper present?
  • How can local authorities and developers work collaboratively to deliver more houses?
Lindy Howard
Director, FA - Real Estate
Panel discussion: What do new proposals mean for local plans?
  • Proposed changes to local plan - what do these mean and what will be the impact?
  • Will the proposals enable faster housing delivering? 
  • Why does the gap between the planning permissions granted and homes delivered remain significant?
Tim Burden
Katherine Barnes
Planning and Public Law Barrister
39 Essex Chambers
Mark Westmoreland Smith
Francis Taylor Building
John Litton QC
Landmark Chambers
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of conference

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