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CPD Day, Kent

Conference Ashford, 25 Jan 2018

A regional conference packed full of focused CPD within land, property and the built environment.

“The content of the presentations was excellent with extremely good presenters.”

If you’d like to learn the latest updates and technical guidance across built environment, land and property then this is a date to put in your diary. This popular conference offers essential and locally relevant solutions for implementation into your daily practice and provides you with a selection of break-out sessions tailored to meet your specific learning requirements.

The idea of the breakout sessions is to let you tailor your day to best meet your particular requirements in terms of your own professional development.

Everyone has different areas they are particularly interested in, so whether your focus is built environment, land or property there is a varied selection of topics designed specifically to help you.

Here is a small selection of what you’ll learn:

  • Hear an update on the performance of the local economy in the context of the overall national picture
  • Assess how RICS regulation processes help to bolster the reputation of the surveying profession
  • Better understand how International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS) will change day-to-day surveying practice and complement RICS’ existing suite of international standards
  • Assess UK Housing policy in the wake of the 2017 General Election and discuss how planners, developers and property owners are being incentivised to help solve housing shortages
  • Learn more about how environmental factors such as contamination of land are affecting the region.

As well as breakout sessions, your day also covers an essential round up of key developments in your region. This will help you to explore the potential challenges and opportunities facing your business in the next 12 months.

Not just a day of CPD


As well as bringing industry leading speakers to your doorstep to help enhance your career, your day also provides you with some dedicated time to network.

We all know networking is a vital part of working in our sector, but as a busy professional we can find it struggle to find the time to do this effectively.

With this in mind, we have set aside time to give you a chance to catch up with your peers in your region. One of these is a two-course hot lunch (which is included free for anyone attending the whole day) while you connect with colleagues old and new

Conference app

This year we are introducing RICS conference app to all CPD Days to enhance your event experience.

With it you can:

  • Interact with the speakers via polling and live Q&A sessions to ensure your burning questions as answered.
  • Get access to all the speaker presentations and save these to your desktop for future reference. This means you’ll miss nothing important on the day.
  • View up-to-the-minute session details, including full speaker bios.
  • Add your own notes while the session is being delivered.
  • Use the advanced networking feature to interact and engage with fellow attendees. The app provides a great way to catch up and follow up if you miss them during the networking sessions.
  • Use it on any device. It’s built to work on laptops, tablets and smartphones so no matter how you choose to interact you can be certain it will work for you.

Is this right for me?

We have put a lot of work into creating a day we are confident will add great value to your career and business, but we’re not expecting you to just take our word for it.

Every year we ask attendees to let us know what they thought of the day. Here are a few of their comments:

“Event was really good way of updating my knowledgebase. I enjoyed it and felt it went very well. ”
“Interesting and good value conference.”
“Excellent day overall, thank you everyone who had a part in putting it together.”

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The price for this value packed day is:

RICS member full day rate
£155 + VAT
RICS member half day rate* £100 + VAT
Non-member full day rate £209.25 + VAT
Non-member half day rate* £135 + VAT

*If you wish to book a half day, please select either three morning sessions or three afternoon sessions and enter voucher code: VHR0000628 to obtain the correct rate. This voucher code is to be used on half day bookings only.

Group Discounts

We’ve also got some great group discounts when you book your seats together with your colleagues:

  • Book 3 or more places and get 10% off
  • Book 5 or more places and get 15% off
  • Book 7 or more places and get 20% off

We can only offer one discount per person. This cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer from RICS Conferences.

Make sure you don’t miss out on what promises to be a great CPD day.

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2017 Programme

08:30 Registration and refreshments

09:30 Chair’s opening remarks

Julian Scannell, Chair, RICS Local Association Kent

09:40 An economic update for Kent and the South East

  • Economic outlook for the region
  • Business challenges and opportunities
  • Key investment drivers
  • Emerging themes

Phil Eckersley, Agent – South East and East Anglia, Bank of England

Break-out sessions
Delegates select which session to attend from the Built environment, Property or Land options. For example, at 10:15 please select 1A, 1B or 1C.

10:15 - Built Environment

1A – Local infrastructure case study: Ebbsfleet Garden Town

  • Detailing the project’s scope
  • Collaboration and consultation: working with stakeholders and local communities
  • Approaches to demonstrating project feasibility and effective benefits management

Ian Piper, Interim CEO, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation


1B – Green belt planning practice

  • The role of land potentially released from the Green Belt in delivering local housing growth
  • Current and possible future Green Belt boundaries across the region
  • The role of Local Plans and other strategy documents in setting the future direction of Green Belts

Simon Packer, Director, Turley


1C – Section 20 notices: Essential legal considerations

  • Notices of intention explained
  • The consultation period
  • Notices of reasons

11:00 Networking refreshment break

11:30 – Built Environment

2A – Tree related risk

  • Effective risk assessment
  • Liabilities
  • Ask the expert witness

Jeremy Barrell, Managing Director, Barrell Tree Care


2B – Planning law update

  • Recent and landmark case law reviewed
  • Impact of case law on planning policy

Lee May, Partner, Brachers


2C – UK housing policy in focus

  • General Election 2017: Progress made against manifesto promises and the Housing White Paper
  • Interventions in the buyer’s market assessed
  • A closer look at private and social rented sectors
  • Key challenges in the South East

12:15 Built Environment

3A – Capital allowances and land remediation tax relief

  • Introduction to capital allowances and land remediation tax relief
  • Differences between capital allowances and land remediation relief
  • Benefits explained

Alun Oliver, Managing Director, E3 Consulting


3B – Planning promotion and strategic land

  • Strategic and tactical planning considerations
  • Opportunities unique to the region
  • Planning and viability
  • Community infrastructure levy strategic issues


3C – Risk management in valuation

  • Current market challenges
  • Update on the latest case law for PI valuation claims
  • The steps you can take to mitigate your risks

Emma Vigus, Director of Professional Indemnity, Howden Group

13:00 Lunch

14:00 An update from LionHeart

14:10 Afternoon keynote: An update on compliance and professional regulation

  • RICS regulatory and disciplinary practice explained

Theresa Thorp, Senior Regulatory Governance Manager, RICS

14:45 Built Environment

4A – International Construction Measurement Standards

  • Developing the standard
  • ICMS in practice
  • NRM 1 and 3
  • Next steps

Alan Muse, Global Director of Built Environment Professional Groups, RICS


4B – Land Contamination: Impact for transactions and redevelopment 

  • Overview of land contamination as a constraint
  • Environmental risk versus materiality
  • Redevelopment case study of a challenging site

Simon Clennell-Jones, Divisional Director, Delta Simons


4C – Business rates update – the 2017 revaluation and beyond

  • Impact of the 2017 revaluation
  • Navigating the new appeals process
  • Delivering more frequent revaluations
  • Key decisions from the UK Supreme Court

Jerry Schurder, Head of Business Rates, Gerald Eve

15:30 Networking refreshment break

15:50 Built Environment

5A – BIM for building surveyors

  • Application of BIM Level 2 and beyond
  • RICS guidance note: BIM for building surveyors 1st edition
  • Other relevant industry standards


5B – Surveying natural capital

  • Ecosystems services
  • New approaches to valuation, appraisal and management

Charles Cowap, Author, Value of natural capital – the need for chartered surveyors (RICS Insight Paper)


5C – Block management: Best practice

  • Effective routes to improved tenant engagement
  • Meeting tenant demands
  • Key legal considerations

Ross O’Donovan, Head of Block/Facility Management and Technical Services, Grainger PLC

16:35 Built Environment

6A – Interim valuations and payments

  • Conditions of contract
  • Relevant legislation
  • Payment mechanisms

David Benge, Head of Quality Management, Gleeds


6B – Compulsory purchase orders in practice

  • Approaches to CPO’s: when and how?
  • CPO examples
  • Handling opposition
  • Do’s and don’ts

Mark Davey, Associate, GVA


6C – End of lease negotiations

  • Dilapidations
  • Section 25 notices
  • Landlord and tenant liabilities

David Hall, Partner, Furley Page Solicitors

17:20 Close of conference