1st Annual (2020)

Local Plan Masterclass

Thursday 08 October 2020

Programme

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08:45
Registration and refreshments
09:30
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
09:40
Understanding the impacts that the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) will have on housing delivery
  • What revisions have been made to the NPPF?
  • What will this mean for the future of the planning system?
  • What additional changes need to be implemented into policy to help achieve the housing targets?
Michael Bingham
Head of Planning Strategy
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
10:05
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
Savills
10:30
The role of Homes England Strategic Plan 2018 to 2023 to address the housing crisis
  • What challenges were highlighted in the 5 year strategic plan?
  • What solutions does the plan provide to address the housing shortfall?
Sarah Greenwood
Head of Strategic Growth
Homes England
10:55
Morning refreshments
11:25
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?
11:50
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
12:15
The opportunities and constraints that the Green Belt has on meeting housing demands
  • The Government’s current view on the Greenbelt release
  • The issues surrounding the green belt that local authorities encounter and how to overcome them
  • When can exceptional circumstances be used to justify green belt release and how do you make a case for this?
  • The potentials that the Green Belt release has for delivering houses
  • Working around Green Belt Land to meet housing needs
  • Recent examples of green belt release
12:40
Networking lunch
13:40
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 conducing viability assessments
  • What new technologies and innovations could be employed to improve viability assessments?
  • Best practice guidelines for conducting viability assessments
14:05
Examinations of local plans – what common pitfalls do you need to avoid to prevent delays to your local plan?
  • How will applications be examined under the recent NPPF policy changes?
  • What requirements need to be met to allow for a successful application?
  • Pitfalls to avoid in your application to avoid delays upon examination
  • Including the Planning Inspectorate in plan-making
Jerry Youle
Professional Lead for Local Plans
Planning Inspectorate
14:30
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
14:55
Afternoon refreshments
15:25
Working with local authorities to enable housing delivery
  • What challenges and opportunities does the new NPPF guidance present for developers?
  • How can local authorities and developers work collaboratively to allocate sites more readily and deliver more houses?
  • What factors should developers consider when conducting a Viability Assessment?
  • What are the common challenges do developers face?
15:50
Panel discussion: How can we speed up local plans and housing delivery to meet the housing targets?
  • The role of local plans
  • Why does the gap between the planning permissions granted and homes delivered remain significant?
  • What can we do today to ensure we meet the housing targets to be delivered?
  • What challenges does viability present for accelerating local plans delivery?
  • Meeting the requirements for delivering social housing – an ongoing issue
16:35
Chair’s closing remarks
16:25
Close of conference and networking drinks

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