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Preparing an effective evidence base

DateThere are no future dates confirmed for this event. Please contact us on 020 3122 0138. if you are interested in this event.

Why you should attend

The National Planning Policy Framework has been in place for two years, but over half of local authorities have yet to publish new plans since the NPPF changes. A number of councils have withdrawn their plans during this period.

This briefing & workshop will share good practise and highlight what are the key ingredients for an effective evidence base that informs robust policies and decision making. It will focus on the need for proportionate, adequate, up-to-date and relevant evidence. Presentations will explore practical and policy issues surrounding the evidence base for economic growth, housing, retail and town centres, and infrastructure planning, as well as on benefits of an integrated approach. We will look at what the Planning Inspectorate wants to see plus guidance and tips from a planning barrister.

Key benefits

This briefing and workshop will help you:

1. Understand some of the key components of an evidence base

2. Identify what makes a sound evidence base

3. Use data sources and analytical techniques

4. Relate the evidence to key policy and other challenges

Who should attend?

  • Those who write planning policies
  • Those who commission and produce evidence base documents
  • Those who use evidence base work to inform decision making


9.00 Registration and coffee

9.30 Welcome and introduction by the chair

Peter Wilks, Director, Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners

9.40 Different types of evidence: good and bad uses?

Celina Colquhoun, No5 Chambers

10.20 Positive planning for housing and the economy

  • Objectively assessed housing needs
  • Assessing economic growth and business needs
  • Preparing integrated evidence
  • Tools for positive planning

Ciaran Gunne-Jones, Economics Director, Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners

11.00 Coffee and networking

11.20 Preparing an integrated evidence base – a case study

12.00 Planning for our future town centres: policy and practice

  • What are the challenges facing our town centres and high streets?
  • Why do we need strategic visions for town centres?
  • Why is an effective evidence base key to preparing sound and deliverable strategic visions?
  • Is there an evidence base ‘checklist’?
  • Case study examples of where town centre strategies have been delivered

Steve Norris, Partner, Planning Perspectives

12.40 Panel discussion

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Assessing transport and infrastructure needs

Mike Batheram, Director, WSP and Paul Speirs, Technical Director, WSP

3.00 Evidence in Local Plans

  • The evidence base – focused, simple, proportionate and up-to-date
  • Meeting the area’s needs – justifying the allocations and proposals
  • The Duty to Co-operate – why there have been problems and how to address them
  • Sustainability Appraisals – deal with the alternatives and make it understandable
  • National Planning Policy Framework – making sure the Plan complies
  • Planning Policy for Traveller Sites
  • Planning Practice Guidance
  • Housing – how to meet the full, objectively assessed need and 5-year supply
  • Producing a Housing Implementation Strategy and a Housing Trajectory
  • Particular requirements for minerals and waste plans
  • Proving the delivery and viability of the Plan’s proposals

Roger Clews, Local Plan Inspector, Planning Inspectorate

4.00 Questions and discussion

4.20 Conclusion by the chair

Peter Wilks

4.30 Close