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Local plans: Plan and deliver

Date:23 April 2015
Duration:1 Day
Price GBP 449 + VAT
Venue:The Hatton (etc Venues)
Event code:40289

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Why you should attend

The job for local plans has not changed but the way in which they are to be prepared certainly has, with far more now the responsibility of the local planning authority itself. The onus on the local planning authority to justify its strategy and proposals with evidence is if anything event greater than ever. Joint working by planning authorities across functional areas and others is essential too.

These changes have certainly increased the demands on members and officers alike and have slowed the progress in plan coverage yet again as plans are taking longer and plans are found wanting at examination. Practice may now be catching up with policy however.

This event will review how practice is developing with sessions on how to do it, and with case studies from local planning authorities. It will provide an excellent update and basis for going forward.

Key benefits

This briefing & workshop will help you to:

1. Understand the challenges facing all those involved in spatial planning

2. Be involved in preparing sound plans that meet your needs

3. Update you on government planning and related reforms and their implications

4. Give examples of success in plan making and delivery, and what can be learned from experience so far

Who should attend?

  • Local Planners
  • Planning Consultants
  • Stakeholders
  • Representatives of community organisations
  • Elected Members
  • Members of LSPs
  • Developers and landowners

Example programme

9.00 Registration and coffee

9.30 Welcome and introduction by the Chair

9.40 What the Government wants from Local Plans

  • Why have local plans
  • Progress on plans
  • How the framework is working
  • The role of the NPPG
  • Looking forward

10.20 Achieving soundness

  • Managing Examinations and Hearings
  • Providing Inspectors with Evidence
  • Key issues creating problems
  • Testing the Duty to Cooperate
  • Tips to succeed

11.00 Coffee and networking

11.20 Case law update

  • SPDs and SEA;
  • Housing assessment and delivery;
  • Duty to cooperate;
  • The Green Belt 'issue'
  • Taking account of Tesco-v-Dundee in drafting

12.00 Evolving practice

  • Good and sound plans
  • Housing needs and five year supply
  • Planning across boundaries
  • Implications for plans of current policy imperatives
  • Where next for plans

12.40 Panel discussion

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Making plans that work in delivering development

  • What is meant by deliverability
  • Viability as the link
  • Basics of viability testing
  • Involving the development industry
  • Using CIL and s106

2.40 Dealing with shopping centres in Local Plans

  • Where are we on retail policy
  • Issues with shopping centres
  • The role of Local Plans
  • The approach taken in the Wiltshire Plan
  • Other initiatives

3.20 Above boundaries – the Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy

  • The requirements of the Duty to Cooperate
  • History and context
  • The new approach
  • The role of elected members
  • Preparing the Joint Core Strategy

4.00 Panel discussion

4.20 Chair’s closing comments

4.30 Close