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Positive planning for economic growth

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 at 9:00AM - 4:30PM


This practitioner briefing will help planning, economic development and regeneration professionals get to grips with the current thrust of government policies to promote sustainable local economic growth. 

With the Conservative government now well established, what role does the planning system play in delivering its policies for economic growth?  How will the EU referendum result impact on the economy and what will government do to mitigate the effects of uncertainty? 

We will address policy and practice; place-making and economic development; and the distribution of the benefits of economic growth. National influencers will share their insights and experience, and movers and shakers at the sharp end of planning practice will help us understand how the planning system can be effective at national, regional, local and neighbourhood level.

Benefits of attending

This briefing and workshop will help you:

  • Understand the connections between planning and the economy
  • Appreciate the role of various types of development in promoting sustainable economic growth
  • Understand the role of plan making processes
  • Consider the contribution of neighbourhood planning
  • Get insights into planning in practice.

Who should attend?

This briefing and workshop is designed for:

  • Local authority officers in planning policy, development management, economic development and regeneration
  • Councillors
  • Regeneration and development agencies, including Local Enterprise Partnerships
  • Planning and property consultants with an interest in economic growth and regeneration
  • Developers and commercial property agents



9.00 Registration and coffee

9.30 Welcome and introduction by the Chair

Simon Neate, Chairman, Indigo Planning

9.40 DCLG update

  • The Government planning agenda
  • Decentralisation and devolution
  • The Local Plans Expert Group’s recommendations and other possible changes to plan-making               

Mark Plummer, Department for Communities and Local Government speaker

10.20 The UK economic outlook

  • Current economic position for the UK
  • Understanding the implications of Brexit
  • Prospects for economic growth
  • Why planning matters for economic growth

11.00 Coffee and networking

11.20 Is economic growth evenly distributed?

  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation research on deprivation and disconnection in UK cities
  • Connecting places to economic growth
  • Maximising the use of planning levers to secure social value

Dr Alasdair Rae, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield

12.00 Place-making and economic growth

  • What are the key principles for delivering effective places?
  • What are the links between place-making and economic growth?
  • What lessons can we learn from two case studies about the connections between place-making and economic growth?

Sam Neal, Associate Director, Project Centre and Mark Teasdale, Associate Director, Indigo Planning

12.40 Questions and discussion

1.00 Lunch

2.00 LEPs’ role in planning for economic growth

Nick Glover, Executive Officer, Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership

3.00 Helping local authorities deliver growth to local communities

  • The growth agenda for Birmingham City
  • Providing planning certainty for economic growth
  • What have we learnt from the journey so far?

Richard Cowell, Assistant Director, Development, Birmingham City Council

3.30 Neighbourhood planning for economic growth

  •  Neighbourhood planning as a tool for regeneration
  • How can neighbourhood plans promote local economic growth?
  • What lessons can we learn from published plans?  

Helen Bone, Partner, Vivid Regeneration

4.00 Questions and discussion

4.20 Closing remarks by the Chair

Simon Neate

4.30 Close