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Housing the Unmet Need HYBRID Seminar

26 April 2023 at 10:00 AM - 04:30 PM / South West England / England / United Kingdom / Conference / Online

26 April 2023 at 10:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Mercure Holland House Hotel, Redcliff Hill, Bristol, Somerset, United Kingdom, BS1 6SQ
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RTPI South West | [email protected]

RTPI South West welcomes to you their first CPD Seminar of 2023. This is a HYBRID Seminar so you may opt to attend in-person or virtually. We hope this enables the event to be as inclusive as possible.


As ever housing supply and delivery remains one the hottest of topics in Town Planning with the highest of profiles. The current planning system arguably places significant emphasis on numbers but will the coming changes, whatever these might be, change this?   At this event we will look at meeting the need in terms of the mix and sophistication of what is delivered by looking at older and younger people, tenure and other types of housing that are becoming more common which are all seeking to meet the needs of our changing demographics and society.    We will have speakers from all sectors exploring these needs and what the future might hold.

Speakers and Topics

  • Where are we now – Housing supply and unmet need
    An overview of recent housing supply and needs in England. This session will look at why we need  affordable social housing, the impact of high housing costs and limited supply, and what we can expect from the latest government reforms.
    Rachael Williamson, CIHM, Head of Policy and External Affairs, Chartered Institute of Housing

  • Affordable housing delivery - still important?
    The need for affordable housing is not going away
    The ups and downs of delivery in the south west
    The role of the planning system 
    Guidance versus achievements
    Where 'viability' fits in
    Homes versus financial contributions
    'New' options (such as First Homes) and their impact
    How might the Infrastructure Levy impact on delivery - very first thoughts 
    Lin Cousins, ThreeDragons

  • Build to Rent
    An overview of what Build to Rent is and why it’s attracting so much attention as well as the important role is has to play in UK housing supply. This section will cover key statistics on the evolution of BTR in recent years as well as a more in depth look at how its treated in planning terms and associated affordable housing. Expect case studies and more.
    Polly Simpson, Director - Head of Multifamily Development, Savills

  • Evolving HMOs
    Reflections and thoughts on the role of the Planning system in balancing the need for HMOs to help provide practical and affordable housing with the concerns from local communities on the impact of concentrations of HMOs on the character and amenity of local neighbourhoods. In discussing this, the benefits that are derived from such provision, the challenges faced in quantifying and qualifying harm set against strong community perceptions and views, and how these issues are being addressed in the context of local plan policy and development management decision making will be considered.  
    Patrick Conroy, Strategic Planning Policy and Specialist Advice Manager at South Gloucestershire Council

  • Co Housing – isn’t it really just students
    What is co-housing, what does it look like and isn’t it just another name for student accommodation? A review of the background and some examples of how co-housing might help to address some of the issues for housing all generations.
    Chris Dadds, Director - Planning and Development South at JLL

  • RTPI Practice Note – Housing for Older People  
    Richard Blyth, RTPI Policy or Sarah Lewis, Former Planning Practice Officer at the RTPI

  • Presentation of research into future needs for Older Persons Housing
    This will present a review of existing approaches to assessing older persons housing need and why,  according to new research based upon the changing trends in how older persons are actually deciding to meet their housing needs,  these approaches are likely to underestimate future need. It will then look at the benefits that are derived from such provision and finally how this need is being addressed in decision on planning applications, appeals and in the context of local plan policy.  
    Roland G Bolton BSc (Hons) MRTPI Senior Director at DLP Planning Ltd

  • Unlocking the Integrated Retirement Community sector: what is needed from the planning system?
    James Lloyd, Director of Policy and Communications, ARCO UK

  • Homes for All SPD
    Gavin Ashford (Strategic Planning Team Leader), Telford & Wrekin Council
    Patrick Mottershead (Principal Planning, Telford & Wrekin Council

  • Celebrating and Supporting those in Later Life
    Gary Lyne Divisional Director - Management Services at McCarthy & Stone

  • Planning new accessible homes – from policy to permission
    With the government set to require all new homes to be more accessible what lies ahead for planning teams? Drawing on Habinteg and Centre for Accessible Enironments’ expertise Christina will offer some top tips on what to look for in an accessible homes planning applications as well as best practice Local plan policies, and how some teams use planning conditions to help ensure that the most accessible homes reach the households that really need them.
    Christina McGill, Director of Social Impact and External Affairs at Habinteg


Please follow the booking links below.  

If you wish to do a group booking please contact [email protected] 

RTPI South West are happy to support RTPI Members and Students who are unemployed or financially precluded from attending local CPD events. Please contact [email protected] to discuss opportunities. 

Speakers needed

If you would like to speak at this or other events, please do get in touch.

Sponsorship Opportunities

RTPI South West have a range of sponsorship opportunities for a number of events in the year, so please do get in touch to discuss. As well as supporting events which raise the profile of planning, they are a great way of aligning to your organisation values and goals.