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RICS Planning and Development Conference: Event programme


Morning sessions

08:45: Registration and refreshments

Opening plenary

09:30: Chair’s opening comments

09:30: Policy Update

  • The National Planning Policy Framework Update
  • What the incoming changes mean for the property industry

10:00: Panel debate: Future of planning?

  • What makes a good quality planning system?
  • How the incoming legislation will impact the system 

10:45: Networking refreshment break

Break out sessions

11:15 – 12:45: Break-out session 1: Delegates choose between two parallel break-out sessions

Breakout 1A: Commercial property and infrastructure 

11:15: Case study – commercial property development

  • Regeneration development project
  • How to plan for people and communities 
  • The role of placemaking and delivering on social value

11:45: Revitalising retail

  • Bringing life back to the high street
  • Bricks and clicks – how they can work in harmony
  • The future of the high-street vs. the rise of outlet factory centres

12:15: Planning for infrastructure

  • What does infrastructure planning mean, and why do it?
  • Creating an Infrastructure Delivery Plan
  • Infrastructure planning and the Local Development Framework

Breakout 1B: Land

11:15: It’s all about the land

  • Land identification and assembly; assessing deliverability and reviewing planning policy
  • Viability and valuation modelling

11:30: Land value uplift

  • What is land value capture?
  • Assessing land value uplift

12:15: Council led development project

  • Case study

12:45: Networking lunch

Afternoon sessions

13:45-15:15: Break-out session 2: Delegates choose between two parallel break-out sessions

Breakout 2A: Housing

13:45: Solutions to solving the housing crisis

  • Interactive session where our expert speakers will pitch their different solutions to solving the housing crisis. Delegates will have the chance to debate amongst themselves who they think has the best solution
  • Micro Living?
  • Off-site construction?
  • Building on the greenbelt?

Breakout 2B: Planning for healthy cities     

13:45: Healthy Cities

  • Definition of a healthy city
  • What do planners need to consider when designing cities of the future

14:15: What makes a walkable city?

  • Walking vs cycling vs public transport
  • How can planning help to improve the air quality problems in cities

14:45: Creating sustainable places

  • Adapting to the impact of climate change
  • What makes a development sustainable?

15:15: Networking refreshment break

15:30: Closing plenary   

15:30: International development case study

  • Hear an international approach to planning and development

16:00: Case law update

  • Roundup of the latest planning and development case law 
  • Assessing the impact of Brexit on planning and development law

16:30: Planning and technology

  • How technology will change the role of planning
  • Disruptive technology and the impact on the way planners work
  • Harnessing the benefit of technology

17:00: Chair’s closing remarks