On Monday 26th March 2018, No5 Barristers' Chambers will hold its Annual Planning Seminar at the ICC in Birmingham. The key-note theme will be “Revving-up the Midlands Engine” delivered by Gareth Bradford.
Keynote speaker: Gareth Bradford, Director of Housing and Regeneration at the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)
- Gareth oversees implementation of the WMCA’s plans to increase the supply of land for housing and employment to help meet growth levels set out in its Strategic Economic Plan.
- Gareth joined the WMCA in December 2017 from DCLG where he was deputy director responsible for a cross-Whitehall division for regeneration and infrastructure, leading bespoke housing and regeneration deals in growth areas. His roles in Government have also included a 2.5 year secondment to the No10 Policy Unit as a policy adviser on affordable housing, land, small businesses, regeneration, planning, build to rent and right to buy.
The No5 team of planning silks and juniors will update delegates on:
- The planning policy landscape: What progress has been made on the White Paper and Budget-day policy announcements? Responding to the draft NPPF this Spring. Are we any clearer on what Brexit might bring to the planning system?
- Topical issues in development management including: Giving “reasons” for planning decisions (in response to the very recent Supreme Court judgment); How can developers respond to local opposition with a ‘localist’ agenda?
- Topical issues in plan-making including: Site selection - Sustainability Appraisal of options; How can we deliver the development we need and meet the Air Quality challenge?; Assessing housing ‘need’.
- Recent case law affecting planning and environmental issues.
09:30 - 10:00 Registration and Refreshments
10:00 - 10:10 Welcome
10:10 - 10:40 Keynote Address: How can the development industry “rev up” the Midlands engine? Presented by: Gareth Bradford (WMCA)
10:40 - 10:55 Q&A
10:55 - 11:25 Policy Update: What progress has been made on the White Paper and Budget-day announcements? Responding to the draft NPPF this Spring. Are we any clearer on what Brexit might bring to the planning system? Presented by: Jeremy Cahill QC & James Corbet Burcher
11:25 - 11:45 Coffee break
11:45 - 12:05 Decision-taking update: Giving “reasons” for planning decisions. Presented by: Richard Humphreys QC
12:05 - 12:25 Decision-taking update: How can developers respond to opposition with a ‘localist’ agenda? Presented by: Tim Jones & Christopher Young QC
12:25 - 12:30 Q&A
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:20 Legal Updates: Decision-taking. Presented by: Scott Stemp & Hashi Mohammed
14:20 - 14:40 Legal Updates: Environmental. Presented by: Celina Colquhoun & Howard Leithead
14:40 - 15:00 Legal Updates: Policy and Plan-making. Presented by: Peter Goatley & Christian Hawley
15:00 - 15:20 Plan-making: Site selection - Sustainability Appraisal of options. Presented by: Hugh Richards & Leanne Buckley-Thomson
15:20 - 15:40 Plan-making: How can we deliver the development we need and meet the Air Quality challenge? Presented by: Thea Osmund-Smith
15:40 - 16:00 Plan-making: Assessing housing ‘need’. Presented by: Satnam Choongh & Jack Smyth
16:00 - 16:15 Q&A
£185+VAT per delegate