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Local plans: Plan and deliver

Date:29 April 2014
Duration:1 Day
Price GBP 449 + VAT
Location:London
Venue:The Hatton (etc Venues)
Registration:9.00-9.30
Close:16.30
Event code:39647

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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.

Benefits of attending

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

Programme

9.00 Registration and coffee

9.30 Welcome and introduction by the Chair

John Baker, Partner, Peter Brett Associates

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

Lucy Hargreaves, Communities and Local Government

10.20 Achieving soundness

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

Mary Travers, Planning Inspectorate

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

Celina Colquhoun, No 5 Chambers

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

John Baker, Partner, Peter Brett Associates

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

Mark Felgate, Associate, Peter Brett Associates

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

Tim Martienssen, Head of Service Economic Development and Planning, Wiltshire Council

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

Tracey Crews, Head of Planning, Cheltenham Borough Council

4.00 Panel discussion

4.20 Chair’s closing comments

John Baker

4.30 Close

Chair

John Baker: John Baker is a Partner of Peter Brett Associates following the merger with Baker Associates. John has an enormous amount of experience of development plans, acting for local authorities in evidence gathering and plan making, for developers promoting strategic development in particular, and with PAS in supporting the timely preparation of good and sound plans. The practice has long had a key role in identifying housing requirements, demonstrating the housing supply, establishing viability including alignment with infrastructure and now with CIL, testing alternatives through sustainability appraisal, undertaking engagement, and working with members on all of the above.

Speakers

John Baker: John Baker is a Partner of Peter Brett Associates following the merger with Baker Associates. John has an enormous amount of experience of development plans, acting for local authorities in evidence gathering and plan making, for developers promoting strategic development in particular, and with PAS in supporting the timely preparation of good and sound plans. The practice has long had a key role in identifying housing requirements, demonstrating the housing supply, establishing viability including alignment with infrastructure and now with CIL, testing alternatives through sustainability appraisal, undertaking engagement, and working with members on all of the above.

Celina Colquhoun: Celina Colquhoun is a member of Gray’s Inn and was called to the Bar in 1990. She specialises in all aspects of Planning, Environmental and Compulsory Purchase Law; Highways, Local Government & Public and Administrative Law as well as Licensing Law. She is a member of PEBA, ALBA, CPA and the UKELA. Celina acts for and advises public bodies and private parties. Her career had a significant grounding in large infrastructure planning and highways projects and in particular represented the Highways Agency and the Government’s Airports Policy Division at the Heathrow Terminal 5 inquiry. Thereafter her practice expanded considerably and she now covers a wide variety of property and environmental matters as diverse as CPOs, Highways Orders, Local Development Plans, Waste Management & Pollution, Licensing, and Sewers & Drains. More recently she advised a number of authorities upon the submission and drafting of the London Permit Scheme for Road Work and Street Works which received the Secretary of State’s approval in October 2009 and came into operation in early 2010.

Tracey Crews

Mark Felgate

Lucy Hargreaves: Lucy Hargreaves is a professional planner and has worked in the Planning Directorate at DCLG for nearly 4 years. She has lead work on planning obligations, viability and Community Infrastructure Levy. She now leads the Local Plans team which aims to support the implementation of local plans across the country. Lucy worked at the Government Office for London on regeneration projects and planning casework for a number of years and, prior to this, worked as a planner in local government.

Tim Martienssen

Mary Travers