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Development quality and the NPPG

This masterclass teaches you to lead with confidence on major development, understanding engagement techniques to help deliver the new 'Localism' agenda and articulating best practice design to councillors

Date:24 September 2014
Duration:1 Day
Price GBP 449 + VAT
Venue:The Hatton (etc Venues)
Event code:39984

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Why you should attend

In today’s economic climate and under an era of ‘Localism’, this event examines way in which we can still deliver viable high quality development. We explore how we need good site assessments are an essential part of delivering quality and viable development. We must all be able to understand and appreciate the economic context for new development. Delivering quality requires creativity and insight into design, sustainability, stakeholder engagement and commercial realities.

This Briefing and Workshop 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. Inject some vision and creativity into the planning and development process

2. Ensure that your decisions on land use are robust, practicable and based on a proper understanding of the site

3. Understand the constraints and possibilities open to developers

4. Create a planning environment which enables the best to be achieved

5. Gain the support of applicants and community alike in a non-adversarial way

6. Learn new assessment and engagement techniques

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

9.40 Development economics and viability

  • The increasing importance of viability in planning
  • What should a viability study include
  • Understanding financial development appraisals
  • Implications of affordable housing and CIL requirements
  • How can you deliver a better outcome

10.20 Local authority - localism and development management

11.00 Coffee and networking

11.20 Workshop on processes for assessing and developing proposals for a site

What criteria should be considered for a large scale development? What issues would need to be resolved and how best to understand and resolve them? The afternoon will provide information to further review these processes and provide a reality check (including viability)

12.40 Lunch

1.40 Round up from the morning workshop

2.00 Masterplanning through assessment and engagement

  • Designing for localism - how to engage communities in the development process
  • 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 quality

2.40 Realising projects by challenging perceptions: new methodologies in architecture and urbanism

  • Creating consensus for urban change
  • Comparative masterplanning
  • Quality affordable housing on constrained budgets

3.20 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

4.00 Questions and discussion

4.20 Conclusion by the chair

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”