Permission in Principle: Allocating Sites & Managing Applications

Speakers confirmed:

  • Mide Beaumont, Planning Directorate, Department for Communities & Local Government
  • Nick de Lotbiniere, Director, Planning, London, Savills
  • Robert Pritchard, Principal Associate, Eversheds Sutherland
  • Mark Winterburn, Policy Adviser, RIBA
  • Dr Claudio De Magalhaes, Professor in Urban Management and Regeneration, The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL (event chair)


The Housing & Planning Act 2016 introduced reforms to enable planning bodies to grant Permission in Principle for housing-led developments on land included in new brownfield registers. Local authorities are expected to have compiled their brownfield registers by 31st December 2017, following the publication of technical guidance.

In April 2017 the Government said that it would be bringing forward legislation to allow Permission in Principle to be granted by application for minor developments later in the year.

Join Westminster Briefing on 31st August 2017 for an up-to-date brief from Mide Beaumont, Planning Directorate, Department for Communities & Local Government on the introduction of Permission in Principle and next steps. Hear from experts about allocating sites for Development in Principle, managing applications and technical details consents.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • Timescales for the introduction of Permission in Principle
  • Regulations to be implemented & plans for guidance
  • Other reforms affecting PiP & next steps
  • Allocating sites in local plans, neighbourhood plans & brownfield registers
  • The ‘in principle matters’: location, uses & amount of residential development
  • Allocating sensitive sites without granting permission in principle
  • Consulting local communities & specialist bodies
  • Information included in applications
  • Consultation arrangements & determining applications within the maximum period
  • Introducing planning obligations

The Event:

The morning will involve an up-to-date brief on the introduction of Permission in Principle. It will also examine what considerations should be made when allocating Sites for Development in Principle.

The afternoon session will focus on managing applications and technical details consents.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in the planning process, including: Local Planning Authorities; elected members; developers; solicitors; housing officers & providers; architects; & community groups.

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Thursday 31st August 2017

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each
Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Above prices exclude VAT

Background Quote

"‘Permission in principle’ will simplify the planning process for developers. It will give them more certainty over whether a site is suitable for development ahead of working up costly proposals to obtain full planning permission. This will encourage new development and increase the amount of land available to build on, helping to boost housing supply."

- Department for Communities & Local Government, April 2017

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