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 - 10:45

Keynote Address:

How does the government intend to help get more of the right homes for the North and Midlands, allocated, permitted and delivered?

10:45 - 11:30

Andy von Bradsky, Head of Architecture, Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government
Louise Wyman, Design Lead, West Midlands Combined Authority
Carol Matthews, CEO and Chair, Riverside and H4N (Homes for the North)
Giles Cannock, QC, King's Chambers

Panel Discussion:

Right homes in the right places: How does 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?

11:30 - 12:00

Networking Coffee Break

12:00 - 12:45

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

Ian Macleod, Director for Inclusive Growth, Birmingham City Council

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 enable growth?

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

13:30 - 14:30

Networking Lunch Break

14:15 - 15:00

Panel Discussion

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

Expert Led Roundtables

15:00 - 16:30

How to get more homes allocated

A review of increased application fees: How much funding will they unlock for more resources?

How to get more homes permitted

How do you create a planning environment that is BTR friendly whilst ensuring good quality?

How to get more homes delivered

Best practice for ensuring delivery after permission has been granted

How to get more homes allocated

How can you use technology to leverage identify sites for allocation?

How to get more homes permitted

Maximising resources: How can councils fill empty homes and achieve their housing objectives?

How to get more homes delivered

How can more environmentally-friendly homes be given permission?

How to get more homes allocated

Green belt allocations: When are they an appropriate method to meet housing need and how do you secure them?

How to get more homes permitted

How do you find the right balance of residential and mixed-use to avoid your project being halted due to having ‘adverse impact’ on other local projects?

How to get more homes delivered

How can you keep to the National Design code and build beautiful?

How to get more homes allocated

How do the new breed of resident-led local political parties intend to approach planning for housing?

How to get more homes permitted

Housing providers and their partners supporting and maintaining great places for communities

How to get more homes delivered

Best practice for engaging with and delivering homes that reflect the local community

16:30 - 16:30

Close of Conference