Planning Policy Reforms Under the New Government

The new Government has pledged to pursue a programme of further deregulation and simplification of the planning system combined with heavy investment in infrastructure. Details include reforms in order to reach the target of 300,000 homes per year by the mid-2020’s, the simplification of the planning system through an Accelerated Planning White Paper and amendments to planning rules to ensure ‘infrastructure first’ before people move into an area.

Join us on the 6th October to receive an up-to-date brief on what planning policy will look like under the new Government. We will hear the latest proposals for reform from the Director of Planning in MHCLG, what these reforms mean for your organisation and how thought leaders in the sector are preparing for these changes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the New Government’s priorities for planning reforms
  • Explore the forthcoming Accelerated Planning White Paper and how it will “streamline” the planning process to increase delivery
  • Examine support for MMC (Modern Methods of Construction) to increase delivery
  • Review Government national infrastructure priorities
  • Next Steps: Explore the forthcoming reforms for the planning sector

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Simon Gallagher, Planning Director, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Professor Janice Morphet, Visiting Professor, Bartlett School of Planning, UCL (event chair)
  • Bridget Rosewell, Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission
  • Catriona Riddell, Director, Catriona Riddell & Associates Ltd
  • Stuart Hardisty, Director, Institute of Economic Development
  • Gilian Macinnes, Director, Gilian Macinnes Associates
  • Phil Waddy, Chair, RIBA National Planning Group
  • Cara Pacitti, Researcher, The Resolution Foundation
  • Richard Blyth, Head of Policy and Practice, RTPI
  • Robbie Owen, Partner, Pinsent Masons

The Event:

Due to current uncertainty surrounding live events and restrictions around social distancing, this event will now take place online.

As a delegate you can expect:

  • High quality and timely content as you would expect in a face-to-face event
  • Facilitated Q&A and panel discussions to put your questions to expert speakers
  • Access to recordings from all conference sessions post-event
  • Scheduled breaks throughout the day to minimise screen fatigue
  • CPD accreditation on request for all registrants
  • Delivered via Zoom Webinar, an accessible and user-friendly platform

Who should attend?

Delegates will be drawn from anyone with an interest in planning policy, including: planning & regeneration officers; elected members; developers & the wider construction sector; solicitors; community groups & land owners.

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.

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Tuesday 6th October 2020

10.00am - 15.00pm

Event to be held online.

Private Sector | 1 Place: £395 


Public Sector | 1 Place: £195 | 2+ Places: £145 each


Above prices exclude VAT


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

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