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Preparing an effective evidence base

This briefing and workshop will help you better shape an effective evidence base to inform more robust policies and decision taking. It will consider best practice approaches to meeting the requirements of the NPPF for an evidence base that is proportionate, adequate, up-to-date and relevant.

Date:15 October 2014
Duration:1 Day
Price GBP 449 + VAT
Location:London
Venue:The Hatton (etc Venues)
Registration:9.00-9.30
Close:17.00
Event code:39994

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Why you should attend

This briefing and workshop will help you better shape an effective evidence base to inform more robust policies and decision taking. It will consider best practice approaches to meeting the requirements of the NPPF for an evidence base that is proportionate, adequate, up-to-date and relevant. Presentations will focus on 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 and how a barrister uses evidence base material.

Benefits of attending

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

Programme

9.00 Registration and coffee

9.30 Welcome and introduction by the chair

9.40 Different types of evidence: good and bad uses?

  • The different types and purposes of evidence
  • Role of expert
  • Strong vs weak evidence
  • Giving the ‘right’ information
  • Format and presentation

10.20 Positive planning for housing and the economy

  • Objectively assessed housing needs
  • Assessing economic growth and business needs
  • Ensuring alignment
  • Tools for positive planning

11.00 Coffee and networking

11.20 Preparing an integrated evidence base – a case study

  • Planning in changing circumstances
  • Identifying the evidence requirements
  • Integrating studies, methods and findings
  • The challenge of consistency across boundaries

12.00 Meeting retail needs and the role of town centres

  • Qualitative and quantitative need for town centre uses
  • Understanding the role of centres
  • Supporting town centre vitality
  • Impact of NPPF on decisions

12.40 Panel discussion

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Assessing transport and infrastructure needs

  • Integrating infrastructure and planning policy
  • Funding and delivery

3.00 Evidence in Local Plans

  • The evidence base – focused, simple 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
  • Housing – how to meet the full, objectively assessed need and 5-year supply
  • Producing a Housing Implementation Strategy and a Housing Trajectory
  • Proving the delivery and viability of the Plan’s proposals

4.00 Questions and discussion

4.20 Conclusion by the chair

4.30 Close