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Development quality and the NPPG

Date:24 September 2014
Duration:1 Day
Price GBP 449 + VAT
Location:London
Venue:The Hatton (etc Venues)
Registration:9.00-9.30
Close:16.30
Event code:39984

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Why you should attend

This event examines way in which we can begin to understand how we can begin to define and deliver the National Planning Policy Guidance requirements for viable high quality sustainable development. We must all be able to understand and appreciate the ever changing national policy and economic context for new development. Delivering quality requires creativity and insight into design, sustainability, stakeholder engagement and commercial realities.

This briefing summarises all of the fundamental issues effecting 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.

More than ever we need to move away from adversarial approaches to development management. Engagement rather than consultation is the collaborative way of working with all stakeholders to position and embed places within the intrinsic fabric of their environmental, social and economic landscape. This is a must attend event for all planners, from whatever sector, who are passionate about creating better places for people.

Key benefits

This briefing and workshop 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 requirements of the NPPG

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 some 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

Programme

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 Local authority perspective

  • Facing a housing crisis where not enough homes are being built.
  • Is the planning system is creating confusion and uncertainties?
  • Focussing on building quality places and cohesive communities instead of building more homes almost at any cost
  • How should local planning authorities respond?
  • Masterplanning, preparing design codes, involving the local community and design quality that can be maintained
  • Ensuring the correct governance structure from the start to ensure community cohesion can be achieved

Nigel Green, Winchester City Council

10.20 Masterplanning

  • Context of the NPPG – where does design fit in? How can we best define and deliver the high level guidance it contains?
  • How the design process can and should engage communities
  • Obtaining a quality assessment as part of the design process
  • How good urban design principles should lead to quality design and lasting places
  • Tools towards defining and delivering quality sustainable development

Peter Frankum

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 BREEAM and sustainability

  • Introduction
  • The importance of sustainable design and construction
  • The role of standards in driving development quality and sustainability
  • Improving and assessing sustainability at the masterplanning level – BREEAM Communities

Chris Cousins, Domestic and Communities Manager, BRE Global

12.40 Panel discussion

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Public engagement

  • Consultation techniques suitable for a variety of situations
  • The experience of several recent community planning events
  • Ideas and inspiration for any organisation that needs to plan for consultation events in the future

Richard Eastham, Director, Feria Urbanism

2.40 Heritage

Steven Bee, Steven Bee Urban Counsel

3.20 Development economics and viability

  • Factors that influence viability and delivery
  • Policy changes and emerging practice
  • What should a viability study include
  • Understanding financial development appraisals
  • what can be done to improve viability and delivery
  • what are Local Authorities doing to enable delivery

Atam Verdi, Partner, Aspinall Verdi

4.00 Questions and discussion

4.20 Conclusion by the chair

Peter Frankum

4.30 Close

Chair

Peter Frankum: Peter Frankum is Director and Head of Urban Design at Savills. He has worked in local government for 12 years, and prior to joining Savills in 2007 was Technical Director at Terence O’Rourke. He takes a holistic approach to the planning and design process, drawing on his wide range of experience in both the private and public sectors. His particular strengths are in the fields of urban design, master planning, design frameworks and managing major regeneration projects. With qualifications in both planning and urban design, he has diverse strengths within the planning and design process. He also has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of stakeholder and public participation.

Speakers

Peter Frankum: Peter Frankum is Director and Head of Urban Design at Savills. He has worked in local government for 12 years, and prior to joining Savills in 2007 was Technical Director at Terence O’Rourke. He takes a holistic approach to the planning and design process, drawing on his wide range of experience in both the private and public sectors. His particular strengths are in the fields of urban design, master planning, design frameworks and managing major regeneration projects. With qualifications in both planning and urban design, he has diverse strengths within the planning and design process. He also has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of stakeholder and public participation.

Steven Bee

Andrew Cameron: Andrew is an engineer with a background in transportation, architectural engineering and urban design. He is experienced in how we can plan for movement whilst at the same time creating great streets and enjoyable places. He has been involved in many regeneration and masterplanning projects for villages, towns and cities in the United Kingdom and overseas. His experience in urban design and transportation has led to his involvement in many ground breaking masterplanning projects. These have included Poundbury in Dorchester, where he was part of the team with Leon Krier that developed and delivered the masterplan and initial phases; and at Upton in Northampton he helped pioneer the use of street design codes in the UK. He has an in depth experience of the transportation aspects of development proposals and how these need to be balanced with the art of making great places and how this often necessitates the application of innovative approaches to movement at all levels.

Chris Cousins: Chris Cousins is Domestic and Communities Manager at BRE Global. BRE Global is responsible for the operation of BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), the most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings in the world; it also runs the Code for Sustainable Homes under contract to the Department for Communities and Local Government. Chris previously worked in Oxfordshire, including for many years as first chief planning officer and then head of sustainable development for Oxfordshire County Council. In the latter role he was responsible for services including planning, waste management, archaeology, economic development, countryside services and carbon management. He has a degree in geography from the University of Oxford and a diploma in town planning from Oxford Brookes University.

Richard Eastham: Richard is an urban designer with extensive experience in the preparation of design strategies and development frameworks. He has particular expertise in engaging with stakeholders and local communities to help shape and influence emerging spatial strategies. He has delivered urban design frameworks for Liverpool, Bournemouth, Preston, Weymouth and Bexleyheath; provided neighbourhood planning advice for many community groups; delivered an urban quarter study in Liverpool; and created strategic visions for several Kent villages. Richard has been appointed to the Design South East Design Review Panel, a recognition of his design skills and experience. He is a visiting tutor on the architecture course at the Arts University Bournemouth alongside his work at Feria Urbanism. He has also recently worked part-time in the City Design Team at Southampton City Council. Prior to establishing Feria Urbanism, Richard was an associate director at Terence O’Rourke Ltd in Bournemouth before becoming a director at NEW Masterplanning Ltd in Poole. He was born in Preston, Lancashire and trained at the University of Sheffield, the University of Manchester and Oxford Brookes University.

Nigel Green: Nigel Green established his own consultancy in January 2004, offering planning, urban design and regeneration advice exclusively to the public sector. For the past 7 years he has acted as consultant to Winchester City Council in respect of their major developments; this includes the Major Development Area at West of Waterlooville, which has recently been granted outline planning consent, and detailed approval for the design codes.

Atam Verdi: A Chartered Surveyor Atam has been working with public and private sector clients for over 20 years providing specialist development consultancy advice. He has worked practices including JLL and King Sturge providing services nationally. AspinallVerdi his practice was founded in 2009 and specialises in providing evidenced based advice which supports the delivery of development and policy. Examples include preparation of Plan Viability and CIL charging schedules for local authorities; negotiation of S106 agreements; affordable housing and heritage building viability statements. The practice is also involved in the formulation and implementation of economic development and regeneration initiatives.

Quotes from previous participants


q “Excellent knowledgeable speakers”

q “An amazing range of ideas”

q “Very good – interesting and a wide range of issues discussed”