Design in Planning: Building Better to Achieve Well Designed Places

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Dr Jennifer Thomas, Head of Built Environment, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Nicholas Boys Smith, Interim-Chair, Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission
  • Vicky Saunders, Managing Director, BTP Architects
  • Julia Park, Head of Housing Research, Levitt Bernstein
  • Barny Evans, Director, Sustainable Places, WSP
  • Peter Dawson, Built Environment Manager, Place Services, Winner of the Planning Awards 2019 "Award for Design Excellence"
  • Euan Mills, Urban Futures Team Lead, Future Cities Catapult (event chair)


The importance of incorporating good quality design in planning cannot be understated. The Government has emphasised the importance of good quality design in planning by amending policy in the revised NPPF, launching the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission and commissioning a design toolkit that will provide a blueprint for quality in new developments. With many locals rejecting new-build homes due to poor design, what are the steps your organisation can take to ensure good quality design in planning?

Join Westminster Briefing on the 17th July to hear from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on the latest policy developments and guidance in ensuring good quality design in the planning process. You will learn from good practice examples how to ensure good quality design by engaging with and harnessing local support from start to finish, avoiding the dilution of quality in the construction, procurement and planning processes and how you can effectively contribute to place-making.

Key issues to be adressed:

  • The revised NPPF and the emphasis upon design
  • The forthcoming MHCLG design toolkit
  • Developments with the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission
  • Working with other pressures when incorporating design quality: Meeting housing requirements, satisfying need and the Housing Delivery Test
  • Ensuring and promoting early, proactive and effective engagement throughout the process of a scheme’s design evolution
  • Ensuring approved designs are not diluted in the construction or procurement processes

About the day:

The morning session will focus on policy updates, guidance and next steps for incorporating good quality design in planning. With particular mention of the emphasis of design in the NPPF, the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission and forthcoming MHCLG design toolkit.

The afternoon session will examine how to work with and ensure good quality design in practice, with particular mention of how to avoid 'dilution' in the planning, procurement and construction phases, harnessing greater community consent for development and effective contirbution to place-making.

We will provide morning refreshments and a networking lunch. Please let us know about any special needs or dietary requirements.

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in incorporating good quality design in the planning process, including, but not limited to: local planning authorities; architects; urban designers; developers; building environment managers; planning solicitors & consultants; surveyors; city & regional governments; and representative groups.

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:

Wednesday 17th July 2019

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)


Private Sector | 1 Place: £345 | 2+ Places: £295 each


Public Sector | 1 Place: £255 | 2+ Places: £205 each


Above prices exclude VAT


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

Background Quote

"If you get the design right – the scale, the context, the fitness – communities will feel enhanced and respected, and will lay down their petitions and placards.”

Kit Malthouse MP, Minister of State for Housing

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