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Building communities – delivering growth and regeneration

Thursday, 28 September 2017 at 9:00AM - 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 standard price
RTPI Conferences

Understanding how to define and deliver the National Planning Policy Guidance requirements for viable high quality sustainable development is a fundamental requirement for planners. Delivering quality requires creativity and insight into design, sustainability, stakeholder engagement and commercial realities.

This briefing and workshop summarises all of the fundamental issues affecting the delivery and quality of new development. It takes you through a step by step approach in understanding a full range of aspects of the development and design process; including feasibility, technical assessments, right through to the public engagement and masterplanning process. It deals with large scale masterplans through to urban infill projects and how we can deliver viable developments and a legacy of quality developments.

Benefits of attending

This briefing will help you to:

  1. Ensure that your decisions on land use are robust, practicable and based on a proper understanding of the site and the policy requirements for high quality sustainable development
  2. Understand the constraints and possibilities open to developers
  3. Create a planning environment which enables the best to be achieved
  4. Gain the support of applicants and community alike in a non-adversarial way
  5. Learn new assessment and engagement techniques
  6. Inject vision and creativity into the planning and development process

Who should attend?

  • Local authority planners and urban designers dealing with major and minor developments
  • Regeneration officials leading or brokering urban renewal projects
  • Planning and regeneration consultants in the private and voluntary sectors
  • Developers, surveyors and others involved in the development industry
  • Councillors whose portfolio includes planning, environment and regeneration



9.00 Registration and coffee

9.30 Welcome and introduction by the chair

Peter Frankum, Director and UK Head of Urban Design, Savills

9.40 Development economics and delivery

  • Factors that influence viability and delivery
  • Policy changes and practice
  • Understanding financial development appraisals
  • Optimising development schemes
  • What are Local Authorities doing to enable delivery

Atam Verdi, Director, Aspinall Verdi

10.20 Masterplanning

  • Techniques for assessment and engagement
  • Defining quality sustainable development
  • Setting out key indicators and mechanisms for ensuring quality and delivery
  • Tools for masterplanning and managing the development process

Peter Frankum, Director Masterplanning and Urban Design, Savills

11.00 Coffee and networking

11.20 Movement, places and quality streets

  • How we lay out mixed use sustainable developments around walking and the human scale
  • Movement frameworks for development
  • Examples of urban extension projects and how they have been structured
  • Use of design coding and good public realm and street design

Andrew Cameron, Director, WSP Group 

12.00 Public engagement

12.40 Panel discussion

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Garden Villages and Towns – an answer to the housing crisis?

  • Does size matter? Garden Cities versus Garden Towns/Villages - a potted history
  • Not just about housing: Getting the economic balance right
  • Infrastructure delivery - without the public purse
  • Masterplanning/design and ensuring legacy delivery
  • Community buy-in and engagement.  

Alastair Willis, Planning Director, WYG

2.40 Developer perspective 

  • A developer’s approach to residential-led development
  • Designing for delivery and delivering good design
  • The commercial realities of development
  • Phasing and the practical challenges of delivery
  • Securing the legacy of good design throughout the project and beyond

Melys Pritchett, Development Executive, Crest Strategic Projects

3.20 Local authority perspective

  • Challenges in Digbeth
  • The opportunities of HS2
  • Land use and value expectations v  the resident artist / hi-tech / creative community

Gary Woodward, Development Planning Manager, Birmingham City Council

4.00 Questions and discussion

4.20 Conclusion by the chair

Peter Frankum

4.30 Close