Building Better, Building Beautifully: The Next Steps for Design in Planning

In view of the continuous uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and our duty of care towards delegates, speakers, sponsors and staff, we have decided to postpone the event to a later date in the year.  

It is a decision we have not taken lightly. However, we believe it is the most appropriate one in the face of the current situation.  

We are now working to set a new date in the Autumn, which we will communicate to you during the first half of next week. Keep following us!

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Nicholas Boys-Smith, Chair, Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission
  • Peter Dawson, Built Environment Manager, Place Services, Essex County Council
  • Further speakers to be announced


With the focus for housing delivery almost exclusively on quantity, quality is something we rarely hear as important – bar fundamental – to successful development.

The Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission report released this January has highlighted how quality in new build development is fundamental to success for winning community support through involvement, guaranteeing effective stewardship and ensuring sustainability into the future. Considering the report’s recommendations, the Government has committed to a Future Homes Standard, a forthcoming National Model Design Code and implementing a “Fast Track for Beauty” rule in the planning process for councils.

Join us in May to understand the latest developments for design in planning. We will look at the latest proposals for reform, how design principles will change in the planning process and innovative ways to develop local, sustainable and beautiful places.

Key issues to be addressed:

  • Update from The Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission’s Living With Beauty report
  • Understand the ‘Fast Track for Beauty’ rule for councils: New processes to speed up the planning process for beautiful buildings
  • Ensuring quality is not the enemy of supply: Streamlining delivery targets with quality development
  • Place matters: Considering placemaking at the outset of new development
  • Local area, Local Involvement: Involving communities in local plans and planning applications

Who should attend?

Delegates will be drawn from anyone with an interest in design in planning, including: Heads of Built Environment, Heads of Planning, Architects, Designers, Heads of Strategic Planning, Heads of Sustainability.

Further information:

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Tuesday 10th November 2020

10.00am - 16.00pm (including networking lunch)

Event to be held in Central London. The venue will be announced closer to the date.

Private Sector | 1 Place: £595 | 2+ Places: £545 each


Public Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each


15% Early Bird Expires - 4pm Friday 11th September 2020


Above prices exclude VAT


If you require a booking form, please contact | 0207 593 5657

Background Quote

'To secure the home healthy, the house beautiful, the town pleasant, the city dignified and the suburb salubrious.’ AIMS OF THE PLANNING ACT (1909)

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