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Local plans - keeping control

Thursday, 23 March 2017 at 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Prospero House (etc Venues), 241 Borough High St, London SE1 1GA
£349 for RTPI members (From £199 with a season ticket)
£199 for licentiate members and independent consultants; £140 for students, unemployed and retired; £449 for non-members
RTPI Conferences

The demand for local plans is high, yet technical issues continue to confound, some politicians in some places find it hard to take hard decisions, and plan making authorities rarely have the capacity that is needed.  We have a new Act, the prospect of changing policy on housing and on infrastructure funding, and we are not clear what the Government’s reaction to the LPEG findings is going to be. Devolution deals, combined authorities, and city region mayors may be recreating some semblance of strategic planning in some areas, and the LEPs and the HCA are taking on bigger roles in delivery, which after all is what counts.  So change continues apace. Yet all of the time the housing crisis worsens. There is a lot for development planners to assimilate and to do, and help is needed. 

This Briefing & Workshop will provide an intense day of valuable support from speakers with the right knowledge and experience, and through sharing information and views amongst planners working on making good and timely plans.  Participants will leave knowing more than when they started on how to make progress with plans that work. 

Benefits of attending

This briefing & workshop will help you to:

  1. Understand the challenges facing all those involved in spatial planning
  2. Be involved in preparing sound plans that meet your needs
  3. Update you on government planning and related reforms and their implications
  4. Give examples of success in plan making and delivery, and what can be learned from experience so far

Who should attend?

  • Local Planners
  • Planning Consultants
  • Stakeholders
  • Representatives of community organisations
  • Elected Members
  • Members of LSPs
  • Developers and landowners



9.00 Registration and coffee

9.30 Welcome and introduction by the Chair

John Baker, Partner, Peter Brett Associates

9.40 Local plans update

10.20 Local plans expert group

  • Amendments to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill to implement parts of LPEG
  • Housing White Paper
  • Guidance and regulations for implementation

Richard Harwood QC OBE, 39 Essex Chambers

11.00 Coffee and networking

11.20 Findings and lessons from Examinations and Challenges 

Hugh Richards, No5 Chambers

12.00 The role of HCA

  • Delivering housing and the fit with local plans
  • The delivery of affordable housing and starter homes

12.40 Panel discussion

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Local authority perspective

  • Getting the strategy right at the right spatial context
  • Getting the delivery right with the right Governance
  • Ensuring that the evidence is in place
  • Meeting Duty to Cooperate
  • Local Plans and their role in the context of the Housing and Planning Act and the way forward

Annette Roberts, Planning Policy Manager, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

2.40 Planning for sport

  • Sport England overview; new strategy – Towards an Active Nation
  • Role of facilities and playing pitches in meeting Sport England’s vision
  • Sport England and the Planning System; How to develop a robust needs and evidence base for sport
  • National Methodologies; Playing Pitch Strategies (PPS) and Assessing Needs and Opportunities
  • Guide (ANOG); An overview of the methodologies – practical tips
  • The role and application of the PPS and ANOG in the Local Plan process; Case Studies
  • Practical Application.

Neil Allen, Director, Neil Allen Associates

3.20 Deliverability

4.00 Panel discussion

4.20 Chair’s closing comments

John Baker

4.30 Close