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Housing and employment - needs and targets

Wednesday, 05 July 2017 at 9:30AM - 4:30PM
£349 for RTPI members (From £199 with a season ticket)
£199 for licentiate members and independent consultants; £140 for students, unemployed and retired; £449 standard price
RTPI Conferences

Among other things, plan-makers must objectively assess needs for housing and economic land uses. They should meet both these needs in full if they can and call on co-operative neighbours if they can’t. These requirements, alongside aligning housing and jobs, avoiding safeguarding employment sites that have no reasonable prospect of being taken up, providing a five-year housing land supply at all times, including an economic strategy and vision, taking an integrated approach to all land uses and being aspirational but realistic, are a tall order. Unfortunately, the Practice Guidance doesn’t always help.

This briefing & workshop aims to fill some gaps in the guidance and go further. We want to help make and deliver sound policies on housing and the economy, based on solid evidence.

In the morning we will focus on gathering evidence and setting plan targets, dealing with objectively assessed needs, land availability and the relationship of jobs to housing. Leading practitioners will share experience about the best approaches and the worst pitfalls. In the afternoon we turn to more practical issues - how to co-operate fruitfully, defend your policies and promote your proposals. In the last session we lift our sights to bigger questions. Why is the housing crisis, is planning the cause, can it be the solution, will the latest proposals help?

Benefits of attending

Attending this briefing & workshop will help you:

  1. Plan positively for housing and the economy
  2. Objectively assess needs
  3. Determine Local Plan targets
  4. Challenge bad assessments and bad targets
  5. Promote your view at examination, inquiry and judicial review
  6. Master the technical tools
  7. Align housing and jobs
  8. Work strategically across local government boundaries
  9. Understand the wider picture

Who should attend?

  • Local authorities - planners and economic development officers
  • Housebuilders, developers and promoters
  • Landowners and investors
  • Local Economic Partnerships


Example programme

9.00 Registration and coffee

9.30 Welcome and introduction by the Chair

9.40 Demography, migration and household formation

  • Get updated on the latest ONS population projections – due out on 25 May
  • Understand how the population projections may need to be adjusted for your area
  • Should we trust the latest household formation rate projections?
  • How to plan against a backdrop of uncertain and changing data

10.20 Economic development and housing need

  • Planning positively for the economy
  • Assessing employment land needs
  • What to safeguard and what to let go
  • Perils of mixed use
  • Aligning jobs and housing

11.00 Coffee

11.20 Affordable need and housing mix

  • How to work it out
  • Why the old SHMA doesn’t work
  • Affordable need and the OAN
  • The future of affordable housing

12.00 Strategic Land Availability Assessment and five-year land supply

  • Employment and housing
  • Identifying and calling for sites
  • Assessing what is deliverable
  • Being realistic
  • How to meet the 5YLS test
  • And keep meeting it

12.40 Panel discussion

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Larger-than-local planning

  • How to cooperate
  • Lessons from experience
  • Pitfalls and bright ideas
  • Is the system working?
  • Will Combined Authorities help?

2.30 Local authorities –how to defend your position

  • Plan examinations
  • S 78 inquiries
  • Judicial Review and the role of the High Court

3.00 Private developers - how to win your case

  • Promoting strategic sites
  • Housing and employment
  • Through plan process and applications
  • Good and bad strategies and tactics

3.30 How to get more houses built

  • Are the projected numbers realistic
  • What are the main barriers
  • Who should build what, where?

4.00 Panel discussion

4.20 Chair’s closing comments

4.30 Close