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Development quality and the NPPG

Date:30 September 2015
Duration:1 Day
Price GBP 449 + VAT
Venue:The Hatton (etc Venues)
Event code:40451

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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 affecting 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


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

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”