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RICS Planning and Development Conference

Exploring trends in planning and development to ensure you are up-to-date and able to make the best decisions for your clients.

Strategic debate, best practice examples and the latest updates to stay at the forefront of your profession

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Tue 25 Jun 2019
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Etc Venues, 200 Aldergate Street, London, EC1A 4HD
5.5 hours formal CPD
£240 + VAT


RICS Planning and Development Conference 2019 will explore innovative solutions designed to solve the biggest challenges the planning profession faces. This year’s event will celebrate best practice examples of planning excellence through local and global case studies. 

This year includes four breakout sessions, which will explore crucial topics in: the future of housing, land strategy, infrastructure and future planning and technologies. Furthermore, hear best practice examples from an international case study, alternative housing models, a local infrastructure development case study and streamlining technology towards a better planning system.

Several panel sessions will debate topical issues, including the NPPF and other policies in practice, emerging views on land value capture, the return of regional spatial plans and considering the future of our high streets and town centres.

Key updates on need to know high-level issues include the latest policies, viability in planning and a case law update.

Attend this conference to benefit from these high-level discussions, as well as ample networking opportunities with your peers in the industry. This event sold out last year - book today to ensure your place at this event.


Plenary sessions include:

  • The NPPF: one year on
    The opening keynote will update you on the NPPF and other key policies. Explored will be their impact on development activity, design quality and viability in planning.

  • Case law update
    Hear the latest case law relevant to planners and developers, as well as consideration of legal changes that may occur post-Brexit.

Panel sessions include:

  • NPPF and other policies in practice
    The panel will debate how these policies have impacted the sector a year on, in particular whether they are delivering more planning permissions and housing.

  • Land value capture and land assembly
    The discussion around land value capture and land assembly will include the two Georges: Henry and Lloyd, the Community Land Act, along with emerging views.

  • The return of regional spatial plans?
    This panel is designed to discuss the politics of planning and what councils are doing to promote development, looking at regional spatial plans and local plans from across the country. Short presentations on proposed models for the future vs current planning strategies will be made, followed by a discussion of the challenges and opportunities. Explore what could make an efficient planning process to achieve good development.

  • Town centres and high streets
    With the changing face of retail and numerous commercial properties being refurbished into residential, our city centres and high streets are undergoing huge change. This panel will explore these changes, along with heritage-led tourism, considering cycling, walking and public transport, and place making. Furthermore, bids and how policies and PDR are influencing this will be discussed.


To present the sessions, we have invited industry leading speakers, these include:

  • Lord Matthew Taylor, Baron Taylor of Goss Moor
  • Jennifer Thomas, Head of Built Environment, MHCLG
  • Stuart Kirkwood, Development Director, Solum
  • Robert Fourt, Partner, Gerald Eve, RICS
  • Chris Brooke, President, RICS
  • Nicholas Falk, Founding Director, URBED
  • Jonathan Naughton, Partner, Urban Futures
  • Paul Sanderson, President, IPTI
  • Paul Keywood, Director, Turley
  • Sam Lenehan, Director, Urban Splash
  • Stephen Ashworth, Partner, Dentons
  • Taran Livingston, Director of Planning, LUC
  • Jonathan Manns, Board Director & Head of Planning & Development, Rockwell
  • Duncan Field, Partner, Town Legal LLP
  • Paul Collins, Chair, RICS UK & International Planning & Development Professional Group Board

View the full programme

Build your surveying network

You’ve told us that networking is an important part of your conference experience. So, we’ve set aside times in the day to give you a chance to network with like-minded professionals, including your peers and our expert panel of speakers. One of these is a two-course hot lunch while you connect with colleagues old and new.

As part of our conference exhibition, sector-specific exhibitors will introduce the latest products and services to you to add value to your business.


Group discounts

  • Book three or more places and get 10% off
  • Book five or more places and get 15% off
  • Book seven or more places and get 20% off

Only one discount available per booking. This cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer from RICS.

  • RICS Professionals £240 + VAT
  • Non-RICS Professionals £324 + VAT
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