Training & events

Rural Conference, North East

Conference Hexham, 11 Oct 2017

Exploring the latest rural developments, approaches and opportunities for growth

RICS Rural Conference returns in Hexham to provide a platform to learn about and discuss the latest developments that will affect the rural sector. While it will be some time before we know the full implications of Brexit, this event will offer some a timely opportunity to consider what a favourable outcome from Brexit will look like and how to achieve this.

Sessions such as environmental update will look at Brexit and how this poses significant issues for environmental law in the UK. With housing delivery being one of the government’s priorities, it is important to recognise the need for bespoke housing policies for the rural sector. We will explore rural housing challenges and what can rural housing associations do to increase the supply of homes. Further sessions will take a closer look at the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards and impact on rural properties, rural planning update, the Digital Economy Act 2017 and implications for the rural sector and many more.

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet and connect with your industry colleagues, share best practice and take away key lessons learned.

It’s about more than just a rural conference

Networking is a critical part of working in this sector, but as a busy professional it can be a struggle to find the time to do this effectively.

With this in mind we've set aside time in the day to give you a chance to catch up with your peers and network with our expert panel of speakers.

On top of that, attending the event also gives you 5 hours of formal CPD to tick off against your annual 20-hour requirement.

Here’s a sample of what your day will involve

The main purpose of the conference is to add value to your practice, Here's some of what we will be covering:

Post-Brexit: Impact on environmental law and policy 

Brexit poses huge issues for environmental law and policy, particularly because EU legislation is prominent in the UK and environmental law differs between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Valerie Fogleman from Stevens & Bolton discusses this very topical subject and looks at how and what changes might be anticipated.

Rural housing and the need for bespoke housing policies

What can rural housing associations do to increase the supply of homes? Join us as John McLarty from Strutt and Parker discusses some of the rural housing challenges and how to navigate the planning system. Plus don’t miss the opportunity to hear more about the RICS policy paper on rural affordable housing and the need for bespoke housing policies. 

The Digital Economy Act 2017: what this means for the rural sector

With the long awaited Electronic Communications Code expected to come into force in December 2017, this will be the perfect opportunity to hear more about what the code would mean for the deployment of telecoms infrastructure in the rural sector and how might his affect your clients.

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards and impact on rural properties

The new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards will come into effect from 1 April 2018. Discover what the new regulations state, exemptions that may apply and how to bring rural properties up to the required standards.

Digital farming: making smarter decisions

What does digital farming really mean and how can you clients harness the power of data to make more informed decisions that can result in maximum yields while keeping costs at a minimum? Find out more from KisanHub who are working closely with the National Institute of Agricultural Botany to develop technical solutions for the agricultural community.

Here's what to do next

The price of this conference is £110 +VAT for RICS professionals. For non-RICS professionals the conference is £148.50 +VAT.

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

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

As soon as you've placed your booking you'll get an email from us confirming your place with further details on what happens next.

Is this right for me?

If you've read this far, there's a pretty good chance you've got a sense that this is going to be something you can't afford to miss. We think this is going to be an incredibly valuable day for you, but we're not expecting you to just take our word for it.

“Very enjoyable, an excellent quality of speakers this year.”
“A brilliant conference… well put together and well executed. Thanks!”

Unable to attend? Join us at RICS Rural Conference, Preston

Unable to attend the Rural Conference, North East? Don't miss the next opportunity to join our regional rural conference to be held on 30 November at Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston. Visit the website to register. 

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Programme

09:00 Registration and coffee

09:25 Chair’s Opening Remarks
David Coulson, Partner, Addisons Chartered Surveyors

09:30 Post Brexit: Impact on environmental law and policy
Current environmental law in the UK
Future environmental law in the UK
Issues affecting all EU-derived environmental law
Valerie Fogleman, Consultant, Stevens & Bolton

10:00 Rural housing and the need for bespoke housing policies
Rural housing challenges
What can rural housing associations do to increase the supply of homes?
Community engagement and partnership working
RICS Policy Paper 
John McLarty, Head of Planning, Strutt & Parker

10:40 Networking break

11:10 Taxation session
 • Session details tbc
Senior representative, Saffery Champness 

11:50 The Digital Economy Act 2017: what this means for the rural sector
Reform of the Electronic Communication Code
Compulsory purchase
Valuation impacts and compensation implications of the new code
Michael Watson, Head of Property Litigation, Shulmans

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Addressing the perceived failings of short-term land occupation
Exploring the negative impacts of short-termism 
Ensuring collaborative structures for longer terms strategies
Robert Moore, Rural Practice Surveyor, George F. White and Nuffield Farming Scholar

14:10 Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards and impact on rural properties
New 2018 regulations
Exemptions that may apply
Bringing properties up to the required standards: key need to know
Challenges for historic buildings
Sam Parkes, Senior Lecturer in Rural Land Management, Royal Agricultural University 

14:50 Networking break

15:20 Digital farming: making smarter decisions
What does digital farming really mean?
• Adding value through data
• Case studies
Alistair Edwards, Key Account Manager, KisanHub
Charles Gentry, Trials Manager, NIAB

16:00   Rural planning update
• Latest developments in rural planning
• Rural planning case law updates

16:40 Chair’s closing remarks
David Coulson, Partner, Addisons Chartered Surveyors