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Housing, Localism & NPPF

Booking reference: 165 6604 17 3008

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 at 9:30AM - 4:00PM
International Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 4EP, UK
From £90.00 + VAT
RTPI North East

This event will discuss how planning professionals can effectively plan to significantly boost the supply of housing. Discussions will focus around the challenges and opportunities of forward planning for housing, the role of politicians in shaping housing policies and decisions, how the Inspectorate are interpreting the NPPF’s focus on housing when examining local plans and how housing can deliver wider socio-economic benefits.



9:30 Registration (30 mins)

10:00 Welcome and opening from the Chair

Chris Harrison, Director, &  Michael Hepburn, Senior Associate Director, Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners.

10:10 Pressures, opportunities and experiences of forward planning for housing

Nichola Woodward, Head of Planning Policy and Neighbourhood Planning, Newcastle City Council

10:55 Pressures, opportunities andexperiences of working with members, communities and applicants to delivery housing permissions.

James Taylor, Principal Planner, Durham County Council 

11:40 Refreshments

11:55 NECC perspective on the importance of housing to the economic future of the sub-region.

Ross Smith, Head of Policy, North East Chamber of Commerce

12:40 - 13:40 Lunch

13:40 NPPF/Localism context - Help or hindrance?

Caroline Strugnell, Planning Manager, Bellway PLC.

14:25 NPPF in Practice - how planing appeal decisions are interpreting the guidance 18 months on.

Sasha White QC, Landmark Chambers

15:10 Refreshments

15:25 Panel and delegate debate and dialogue

15:55 Chair to summarise and close.

For more information and to reserve a place complete the booking form below and return it to

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The RTPI NE would like to express their thanks to NLP for their support in the delivery of this event.