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Thursday - 13 June

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08:30 - 09:00

Open doors - Registration

09:00 - 17:30

Drop-in Session

DCP + COMPASS Editor Martin Shingler will be leading an AM surgery (9.00 - 17.30) to answer your individual questions.

Get a complimentary COMPASS expert search of planning appeals (worth £1,375). Recent topics include loss of retail units, housing land supply, and agricultural building conversions. You'll also get relevant extracts from the DCP Manual for policy and legal insights.

09:00 - 09:10

Opening remarks from the editor of Planning

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the National Planning Summit and Planning for Housing, we have combined efforts to bring you a one stop summit focusing on your housing and infrastructure needs. Join us in 2024 as we recognise innovations, solutions,investments, success, creativity, and the people making it happen in the industry!

09:10 - 09:20

Chair’s opening remarks

A warm welcome to all delegates, followed by a brief summary of the day's main topics.

09:20 - 10:20

IN CONVERSATION WITH PLANNING: What does the general election mean for the programme of planning reforms that have already been started?


  • Which elements of the reforms are likely to be pursued whichever party is in power
  • Which bits of the government's current reform programme would Labour ditch, and which might they keep
  • Which parts of the current reform agenda would a new Tory or coalition govt be likely to retain, and what might be dropped

Moderator: Richard Garlick, Editor, Planning 

10:20 - 11:20

Assessing housing need following the December 2023 NPPF revisions

Panel Discussion

  • Understanding how the policy has changed
  • What requirements do councils now face, and how has it affected their housing land supply positions?
  • What opportunities do the changes offer to developers?
  • How to assess an area’s ‘character’, and whether a proposed scheme’s impact on it is acceptable?
  • What specific consequences for the NPPF can be anticipated after the election, and how might these changes transpire in practice?
Moderator: Catriona Riddell, Director, Catriona Riddell & Associates Ltd

11:40 - 12:40

Development Management - How the promised National Development Management Policies will achieve its objectives

Panel Discussion

  • What are the implications of the split between the policy retained in the NPPF and that put in new NDMPs?
  • What are the implications of the draft NDMPs for plan-making?
  • What restrictions will the new NDMPs put on local authorities when drawing up plans?
Moderator: Catriona Riddell, Director, Catriona Riddell & Associates Ltd

Networking Lunch

12:40 - 14:00

14:00 - 15:00

1A: Plan-making: How to carry out Green Belt reviews in light of the December revisions to the NPPF?


  • How the NPPF revisions have changed what green belt development is/is not permissible
  • What are the implications for authorities/developers
  • In what circumstances will inspectors allow appeals against refusals of applications on green belt, and releases of green belt in local plans
  • How can innovative urban planning approaches leverage technology?
Moderator: Catriona Riddell, Director, Catriona Riddell & Associates Ltd

14:00 - 15:00

1B: Business and Management: How digitisation of the planning process is progressing, and what it means for developers, LPAs and others


  • What advancements have been made in digitising the planning process?
  • How are developers adapting to the digital transformation of the planning process, and what challenges and opportunities does it present?
  • In what ways can local planning authorities leverage digitisation to streamline 
Moderator: Rob Bristow, President, POS, Director of Planning, Transport and Sustainability, London Borough of Lambeth

15:00 - 16:00

2A: Plan-making: How to do sub-regional planning effectively?


  • Why have some joint development plans succeeded and others failed?
  • The proposed replacement for the duty to cooperate - what is it/ might it be, and how should councils approach this challenge in the meantime?
Moderator: Catriona Riddell, Director, Catriona Riddell & Associates Ltd

15:00 - 16:00

2B: Business and Management: How planning officers, developers and consultants can best work with elected members


  • How can officers best support members with planning responsibilities?
  • How can officers and members avoid a breakdown in relations over contentious applications?
  • How can officers and members retain trust in the face of concerted community campaigns? 
  • The factors that can cause big cost awards against councils as a result of planning appeals.
  • How can members and officers work together to avoid them?
  • How councillors, developers and other stakeholders can best engage with each other without compromising themselves
  • What officers should do when members are not behaving professionally

Moderator: Samer Bagaeen, Professor of Planning & Resilient Systems, University of Kent

Afternoon Break

16:00 - 16:30

16:30 - 17:30

3a: Development Management: What is the way forward for dealing with the problem of nutrient neutrality?


  • How can stakeholders overcome the challenges of nutrient neutrality to facilitate sustainable development?
  • Exploring Alternative Approaches: What strategies and frameworks can be employed to promote nutrient neutrality without relying on new legislation?
  • How can LPAs and applicants take advantage of the govt’s Nutrient Mitigation Scheme?
  • How can LPAs and applicants short-cut the process to demonstrate nutrient neutrality?
  • Collaborative Solutions: How can developers, local authorities, and environmental organisations work together to address nutrient neutrality  issues and unlock development opportunities?
Moderator: Catriona Riddell, Director, Catriona Riddell & Associates Ltd

Chair’s closing remarks

17:30 - 17:35

Drinks reception


Friday - 14 June

08:30 - 09:00

Open doors - Registration

09:00 - 09:05

Chair’s opening remarks

09:00 - 15:30

Drop-in Session

DCP + COMPASS Editor Martin Shingler will be leading an AM surgery (9.00 - 15.30) to answer your individual questions.

Get a complimentary COMPASS expert search of planning appeals (worth £1,375). Recent topics include loss of retail units, housing land supply, and agricultural building conversions. You'll also get relevant extracts from the DCP Manual for policy and legal insights.

09:05 - 09:45

How a Labour government would change the planning landscape

Panel Discussion

  • How does the Labour Party plan to increase the availability of affordable housing and address the housing crisis within the national planning framework? 
  • What strategies does Labour propose to promote sustainability and environmental conservation in urban development and infrastructure projects? 
  • In what ways does Labour envision enhancing community involvement and social equity in the national planning process?

Moderator: David Blackman, Freelance Journalist, Editor and Researcher

09:45 - 10:20

Preparing in case of political change: how can planning professionals best equip themselves for the possibility of government transitions?

Panel Discussion

  • Policy continuity or overhaul? Exploring the potential impact of government transitions on the planning landscape
  • How can planning professionals stay informed about political shifts and anticipate potential changes in policy agendas during government transitions?
  • What strategies and skills should planning professionals prioritise to ensure adaptability and resilience amidst evolving political landscapes?
Moderator: Steve Quartermain, CBE

Morning Break

10:20 - 10:40

10:40 - 11:20

How can decision-making in planning be accelerated without compromising quality?

Panel Discussion

  • Update on government plans to end Extension of Time agreements, review the role of statutory consultees and extend permitted development rights
  • How the Planning Inspectorate plans to accelerate decision-making on appeals?
  • Ideas and opportunities for accelerating decision-making in planning
Moderator: Steve Quartermain, CBE

11:20 - 11:50

Biodiversity Net Gain - Navigating implementation challenges

Case Study

  • In the initial six months, how are councils and developers managing biodiversity net gain?
  • What significant effects and insights have emerged during this period?
  • In dealing with biodiversity net gain, how do developers incorporate methods like offsite mitigation?
  • What strategies do developers employ to tackle biodiversity net gain challenges?
  • How are councils allocating resources towards biodiversity net gain initiatives?
Moderator: Steve Quartermain, CBE

11:50 - 12:20

Judges Panel: Assessing Planning Excellence: Criteria, Case Studies, and Lessons Learned

Panel Discussion

  • Evaluating Excellence: Discover the key factors and benchmarks utilised by judges to assess planning submissions for awards.
  • Showcasing Success: Explore firsthand accounts and examples of noteworthy planning 
  • endeavours recognised by award judges, showcasing their inventive strategies and accomplishments.
  • Insights for Submissions and Victors: Acquire valuable insights into the distinguishing features of award-winning planning endeavours and glean practical tactics for enhancing submission quality and optimising project outcomes.
Moderator: Richard Garlick, Editor, Planning 


12:20 - 13:20

13:20 - 14:00

1A: How to recruit and retain skilled planning staff?


  • How can planning departments effectively attract top talent?
  • What strategies can be employed to empower planning professionals through professional growth opportunities and recognition?
  • Professional growth and development: empowering planning professionals through training, mentorship, and recognition
  • How to boost morale and retention by solving the working from home conundrum
Moderator:  Shelly Rouse, Principal Consultant , Planning Advisory Service (PAS)

13:20 - 14:00

1B: Implementing design codes in planning for enhanced urban development


  • How are design codes produced, and what steps are involved in their creation?
  • What are the implications of LPA-wide codes specifically (required by the LURA)?
  • What makes an area-wide design code successful?

Moderator: Shruthi Guruswamy, Associate Director of Masterplanning and Urban Design, Arcadis and Member of Women in Planning 

Afternoon Break

14:00 - 14:20

14:20 - 14:35

Plan-making - How to produce a local plan within a limited timescale?

Panel Discussion

  • How might submitting a local plan under the existing system differ from the planned new system? 
  • How to build the stakeholder agreement/member buy-in to take a plan forward quickly?
  • Optimising resources for expedited local plan submission
  • How best to share knowledge/good practice?
Moderator: Steve Quartermain, CBE

14:35 - 14:50

FIRESIDE CHAT: Plan-making: How the Levelling Up and Regeneration Act will change plan-making?

Panel Discussion

  • How will the 30 month time limited system for producing local plans work?
  • What implications will the streamlining of evidential requirements have, even if the soundness test remains?
  • Implications for developers and local planning authorities?
  • How local authorities are approaching plan reviews in light of the new system?
  • How do PINS intend to approach plan examination under the new system?
Moderator: Steve Quartermain, CBE

14:50 - 15:30

How to win public support for the development that communities need

Panel Discussion

  • What are the key challenges faced?
  • Who to engage with and via what means?
  • What benefits, beyond the actual development itself, need to be communicated
  • The pitfalls 
  • What does the future look like – new technologies
Moderator: Steve Quartermain, CBE

15:30 - 15:35

Chair’s and Editor closing remarks

Close of conference