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RTPI/MPA Minerals Conference: Minerals planning - enabling growth

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 at 10:00AM - 4:30PM
NEC, Birmingham B40 1NT
Early Bird: £140+VAT - first 25 places
RTPI Conferences

The recent announcements on major infrastructure projects and the continued support for HS2 and key growth areas, via the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine etc, confirm that the Government’s focus is on enabling enhanced economic growth. This is in tandem with ensuring that the current and future mineral demands created by a buoyant construction industry can be met, nationally and locally.

This year’s mineral conference considers how the minerals industry and other stake holders are responding to the growth agenda and the economic imperative of maintaining a steady supply of materials for all future construction needs. The conference will consider the importance of minerals to the economy and the effectiveness of delivering adequate and timely mineral resources to meet local and national infrastructure needs.

The conference will also debate recent case examples relating to the designation and implementation of the Mineral Safeguarding Areas and the importance of these in maintaining a sustainable supply of minerals.

The conference will include the usual analysis of ‘key’ legal cases and guidance of relevant to the minerals industry.   

Benefits of attending:

This conference will help you:

  1. Understand how the Governments proposed infrastructure and growth agenda will affect the need for future mineral resources and discuss local examples of the effects on the economy together with the work of the LEPs
  2. Take part in a wider debate on the need to ensure we provide mineral supply in a sustainable and timely manner to, including the use of recycled resources
  3. Share ideas and experiences of the minerals industry and Local Government on the effectiveness of safeguarding policies for minerals areas and infrastructure in accordance with the requirements of the NPPF
  4. Gain knowledge of recent legal cases relevant to minerals and have the opportunity to take part in an ‘open mic’ question time forum.

Who should attend?

This conference is designed for:

  • Minerals planners in local, regional and central Government
  • The minerals industry – estates surveyors, planners and managers
  • Countryside related agencies
  • Environmental bodies
  • NGO’s



9.30 Registration and coffee

10.00 Welcome and introduction by the morning chair

John Acres, RTPI Vice-President

10.20 Housing, infrastructure and mineral supply

  • The effect on mineral supply of recent Government announcements on housing and major nationally significant infrastructure projects
  • The challenges and opportunities new legislation presents     

Gordon McCreath, Partner, Pinsent Masons

10.35 National projects case study

  • The timely delivery of minerals in new infrastructure projects
  • Long term supply considerations associated with the delivery of a nationally significant project
  • Challenges for the mineral supply chain.

10.50 How the minerals industry can enable growth

  • The potential for significant additional demands to be generated as Government’s policy priorities around housing and infrastructure begin to be realised
  • The mineral products sector’s role that underpins the delivery of the wider growth agenda
  • Opportunities and challenges that are likely to arise as the minerals industry responds to changing demands, against the backdrop of the Managed Aggregate Supply System

Nigel Jackson, Chief Executive, Mineral Products Association

11.05 Coffee and networking

11.30 Regional growth

Foundations for growth: the role of mineral resources in supporting regional devolution ambitions

  • Why are mineral resources important to the regional growth agenda?
  • The need for strategic planning co-ordination across administrative boundaries;
  • Professional and technical capability in strategic planning authorities;
  • The need to safeguard transport and processing infrastructure.

Adrian Cooper, Planning Policy & Strategy Manager,Shropshire Council

Growth expectations in the Greater Birmingham area and beyond

  • West Midlands Combined Authority – the geography and Strategic Economic Plan
  • The economic/growth ambitions of the 3 LEP’s – GBSLEP, Black Country and Coventry and Warwickshire
  • Housing growth – the Greater Birmingham and Black Country Housing Market Area

Craig Jordan, Head of Economic Growth, Lichfield District Council

The Environment Agency’s role in helping to deliver sustainable development

Harvey Bradshaw, Executive Director Environment & Business, Environment Agency

12.15 Panel debate

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Welcome and introduction by the afternoon chair

Mark Russell, Executive Director, Mineral Products Association

2.05 Legal update

  • Informative review of recent legal planning cases/decisions including:
  • What is a valued landscape?
  • Openness of the Green Belt post Turner
  • Does air quality really matter?

Richard Kimblin QC and Nina Pindham, No5 Chambers

2.40 Legal question time

3.00 An update on marine planning

  • How it is relevant to wider mineral planning issues such as maintaining the marine contribution to supply
  • Establishing new marine mineral safeguarding provisions
  • The importance of safeguarding mineral infrastructure

Russell Gadbury, Marine Planning Manager, Marine Management Organisation

3.20 Safeguarding infrastructure – Making the link

  • Importance to supply, development and growth
  • Is policy working?
  • Do local authorities get it?
  • Case studies
  • Lessons for future - for planners and industry

David Payne, Senior Planning Advisor, Mineral Products Association

3.40 Nature After Minerals – the first 10 years and the way forward

  • Why NAM is needed / how NAM started / NAM’s objectives / the NAM team
  • NAM’s achievements over the last 10 years
  • Some of our current work areas, including a focus on the potential contribution of mineral site restoration to landscape-scale conservation
  • How NAM will continue to deliver its objectives in the years to come

John Mills, Planning Adviser, Nature After Minerals

4.00 Panel discussion

4.20 Conclusion by the chair

Mark Russell

4.30 Close