Planning For Housing North & Midlands

19 March 2020

*Please note that the agenda is subject to change

09:00 - 10:00

Registration and Welcome Coffee

10:00 - 10:15

Welcome Remarks

10:15 - 11:15

Andy von Bradsky, Head of Architecture, Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government
Louise Wyman, Director, Homes England and Design Lead, WMCA
(Moderator) Giles Cannock, QC, King's Chambers

Panel Discussion:

Right homes in the right places: How can the sector increase quality as well as quantity?

What is the implication of the ‘Building Beautiful Commission’ for planners and developers?

What methods are Local Authorities using to ensure high quality design of housing is secured at the plan-making stage?

Does duty to co-operate work? Should we return to regional planning? Is the solution an all England Plan?

What are the implications of the northern powerhouse railway for housing in the north and midlands?

What is best practice when dealing with overspill requirements?

11:15 - 11:45

Networking Coffee Break

11:45 - 12:45

Ruth Stockley, QC, King’s Chambers
Sam Stafford, Regional Strategic Land Director, Barratt Homes
Carol Matthews CBE, CEO, Riverside and Chair, H4N (Homes for the North)
(Moderator) Georgia Siora, Managing Director, Warwick Economics & Development

Panel Discussion

The standard methodology for calculating housing need: Can the North and Midlands ever win when the calculation is skewed in favour of London and the South East?

Is devolution the key to unlock the bottleneck of housing projects in the North and Midlands? 

Should there be a national redistribution of powers and return to regional planning?

What are the implications of the Accelerated Planning Green Paper for the North and Midlands?

Weighing up the power balance of different structures including: GMCA, WMCA, WYCA

12:45 - 13:30

Networking lunch break

13:30 - 14:15

Killian Garvey, QC, King's Chambers
Ian Fletcher, Director of Policy, British Property Federation
(Moderator) Giles Cannock, QC, King's Chambers

Panel Discussion

Build to rent in the North and Midlands: How can local authorities continue to encourage growth of the build to rent sector outside of London and the South East?

How can you build housing that is affordable for the region rather than building to meet the national definition?

Would aligning mixed-use developments with wider placemaking objectives to enable growth?

Opportunities for developers: What are city-regional authorities doing to incentivise and ease development of build to rent?

14:15 - 15:00

Gary Day, Land and Planning Director, McCarthy & Stone
Stuart Garnett, Planning Director, Inspired Villages
(Moderator) Giles Cannock, QC, King's Chambers

Panel Discussion

Planning for housing for an ageing population: Where is policy failing in reality?

What are the responsibilities of planning authorities to meet the needs of an ageing population?

How do you create places that are suitable for mixed generational living?

What is the flexibility in existing housing stock to cope with an ageing population?


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