2021 event


Over the past year, the theme of change rumbles on and the housing sector remains in crisis with not enough suitable homes for the current population.  As covid-19 restrictions are eased, we can start to return to in-person meetings and previous ways of working and engaging. After such a period of turmoil and upheaval, where does this leave the housing sector and how can we get more homes delivered? How do we create new homes that work for the community but are also cost-effective and environmentally friendly? Should some decisions be made nationally or locally? How do we all work together to achieve this?

The Planning For Housing 2021 agenda was designed to help you navigate and understand the major changes to the sector through lesson sharing case studies, insight presentations and expert-led panel discussions. 

The event returned to a live format and was brought to you by Planning Resource Magazine. It gave delegates the opportunity to hear high level and strategic content and to have q&a interactions in-person with speakers during sessions. There were also be plenty of opportunities to network over coffee and lunch with industry leaders in the audience.

Key Features included:
  • A day of case studies, debates and evaluative panel discussions
  • CPD approved content
  • Networking – a chance to reconnect face-to-face over coffee/ lunch with fellow town planners, developers
  • Three Concurrent breakout streams on how to get more homes allocated, permitted and delivered
Content included:
  • Government update on planning for the future and their plan of action for the sector
  • Lessons in planning at a local level from several leaders across the UK
  • A debate on what constitutes a family home
  • The latest information on permitted development rights and zonal planning 
  • The impact of covid-19 on city planning and the change of use classes
  • How planners should respond to the current property market

18th November 2021

*Agenda subject to change 

** Times are in (GMT)

9:15am – 9:20am

Welcome Remarks from Planning magazine’s editor
Richard Garlick, Editor, Planning Resource

Politics, Process & Digitalisation

9:20am – 9:45am

Data Download Presentation: Housing Market Update in Facts and Stats
  • Where is there growth and decline in the UK housing market?
  • What capacity is expected to be added in the next 12 months?
  • How many appeal cases have been held up or lost over the past year?
  • What has been the impact of the Stamp Duty Tax Relief Holiday?
Guy Longley, Executive Director, Pegasus Group
Chaired by: Mary Parsons, Chair, TCPA

9:45am – 10:00am

How Can We Bring More Land Forward for Development?
Paul Brocklehurst, Chairman,Land Promoters & Developers Federation
Chaired by: Mary Parsons, Chair, TCPA

10:00am – 10:30am

Panel Discussion: Lessons in Planning at a Local Level
  • What regulations should local councils be introducing in order to develop more land for housing?
  • How is the obsession with housing impacting employment and retail space?
  • What are the current challenges of allocating land for local council leaders and how can we address a lack of resources across the country?
  • How do council leaders see the White Paper suggestions taking effect?
Pooja Agrawal, Chief Executive Officer, Public Practice
Steve Bambrick, Director, Planning & Environment, Planning, Growth & Sustainability Directorate, Buckinghamshire Council
Grant Butterworth, Head of Planning, Leicester City Council
Richard Wakeford, Principal, Rural Strategy
Chaired by: Catriona Riddell, Director, Catriona Riddell Associates

10:35am – 11:00am Networking break

11:05am – 11:25am

Keynote: Update from the Housing Minister: Planning for the Future
Rt. Hon Minister Christopher Pincher MP, Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government
Chaired by: Richard Garlick, Editor, Planning Resource

11:25am – 11:55am

Impact of the new rights allowing offices and shops to convert to housing without a planning application
  • What opportunities do the new MA permitted development rights to convert Class E uses to housing, offer to developers?
  • How widely are the rights being used?
  • What can local authorities do to maximise the chances of housing conversions delivered through the new PD right being of good quality?
  • How can local authorities work with developers to ensure that the high street isn’t damaged by conversions of shops to homes?
Kathryn Jump, Joint Head of Planning, Shoosmiths
Mike Kiely, Chair of the Board, Planning officers society
Chaired by: Mary Parsons, Chair, TCPA

11:55am – 12:30pm

Debate: What Constitutes a Family Home?
  • Has the need for affordable housing changed as a result of the pandemic?
  • Are family homes really being occupied by families? How can we release family homes?
  • If we need to build upwards to alleviate the housing crisis, what should be considered for family homes?
  • How can design codes play a part in assessing what is needed for a family home?
Kevin Parker, Group Masterplanning Director, Redrow
Mary Parsons, Regeneration and Partnerships Director, Lovell Partnerships
Prof. Samer Bagaeen, Councilor, Brighton and Hove City Council
Chaired by: John Walker, Executive Director, C|T Group

12:30pm – 2.00pm


2:00pm – 2:35pm

Panel Discussion: Releasing Green Belt: The Ultimate Question
  • Analysis of where Green Belt has been released for housing and its impact on the local community
  • If appeals are being lost to allow for extra homes in different parts of the country, is green belt protection under threat?
  • When does local need become acute?
  • Do we need to redefine green belt?
Paul Brocklehurst, Chairman, Land Promoters & Developers Federation
David Morris, Planning and Operations Director, Catesby Estates plc
Jenifer Jackson, Town Planner,Richmond and Wandsworth Councils
Chaired by: Mike Kiely, Chair of the board, Planning Officers society

Breakout Sessions

How to get more homes allocated
Chaired by: Catriona Riddell, Director, Catriona Riddell Associates
How to get more homes delivered
Chaired by: Pooja Agrawal, Chief Executive Officer, Public Practice

Presentation:  2:40pm – 3.15pm

Planning for Housing Development
  • How do you plan for new housing developments when supply and demand is such a problem?
  • How will changes to permitted development and the change in use classes affect housing allocation in local plans? 
  • Factoring in viability assessments at the allocation stage

Confirmed speaker: 

Philip Barnes, Group Land & Planning Director, Barratt Developments

Presentation: 2:40pm – 3.15pm

Turning Consents for Larges Sites into Homes


Confirmed speaker:
James Scott, Group Director of Strategy and Planning, Urban&Civic plc

Presentation: 3.15pm – 3.45pm

How to Make Housing Happen
  • What strategies should we adopt to meet current housing needs?

  • How can we speed up the process of turning possibilities into allocations into development?

  • How can local authorities and private developers work better together to deliver more housing?

Confirmed speaker:
Cristina Howick, Director, Planning Policy and Evidence, Stantec

Interview: 3.15pm – 3.45pm

Heritage Planning: What Changes in the Pipeline Could Mean for Housing?
  • What do we know about the remit and progress of the government review into how planning policy and the Planning Inspectorate “considers and defends heritage”?

  • How might the government’s stated plans in the planning white paper to “build on” existing protections for heritage assets pan out?

  • What is the potential implication of white paper proposals for “suitably experienced architectural specialists” to be granted “earned autonomy from routine listed building consents”?

Confirmed speakers:

Duncan McCallum, Strategy and Listing Director, Policy and Evidence Group, Historic England

Interviewed by:

Richard Garlick, Editor, Planning Resource

3.45pm – 4.15pm

Coffee Break

4:15pm – 4:45pm

Keynote: Delivering Quality
  • How do we deliver quality homes that we can live and work from?
  • How do you ensure design codes deliver a high standard?
Joanna Averley, Chief Planner, The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
Chaired by: Mary Parsons, Chair, TCPA

4:45pm – 5:20pm

Panel Discussion: Housing For The Future: Biodiversity, Energy Efficiency and Community Focused
  • How do you plan housing for the future that will leave a legacy?
  • What will be the impact on developers when factoring in biodiversity targets and energy efficiency?
  • How can local authorities address carbon neutrality in their plans?
David Bainbridge, Planning Director, Savills
James Scott, Group Director of Strategy and Planning, Urban&Civic plc
Chaired by: Mary Parsons, Chair, TCPA
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