Birthday Breakfast Seminar - Thursday 15 March 2018

Five Years, Five Topics

 

A Birthday Celebration

 This year P&DG is five years old. You are cordially invited to our Five Years, Five Topics Birthday Breakfast Seminar on Thursday 15 March 2018.  

  1. Five Years of Planning and Design Group
  2. The Changing National Planning Policy Framework
  3. Planning Applications and Public Engagement 
  4. Identifying Strategic Land and Development Potential
  5. Planning for Changing Retail Provision  

Our Planners and Guest Speakers will cover the following five topics:

 Topic 1.

Five Years of Planning and Design Group
We'd like to thank you for your loyalty and support over the last five years and very briefly share with you a few of our major achievements and successes.

Topic 2.
The Changing National Planning Policy Framework
Looking forward, we will discuss the revised NPPF, due for consultation in Spring 2018, drawing on both the Housing White Paper and Autumn Statement of 2017. Providing a broad indication of where we consider key areas of change are likely and a reminder that the push for housing delivery and economic growth will not subside, creating many new opportunities for your land, planning sites and projects.

Topic 3.
Planning Applications and Public Engagement
We will discuss how social media is helping communities become increasingly mobilised, well informed and empowered to steer planning application decisions and future local plans.  We will also discuss the increasing need to pro-actively work with planning officers in order to address community pressures arising through social media throughout the application process.

Topic 4.
Identifying Strategic Land and Development Potential
We will be taking a closer look at the 'big picture' presented at the last breakfast seminar (within the context of changing housing need calculations across the East Midlands) together with an emerging longer term drive for growth, e.g. Leicestershire's 'Strategic Growth Plan' and D2N2's 'Strategic Economic Plan', which will increasing require new sites to be identified.

Topic 5
Planning for Changing Retail Provision
Our final topic will be focussed on the debate about the changing nature of retail provision and declining town centres.  Could Planning Policy's protection of town centres 'at all cost' actually be detrimental. We will explore more flexible options for town centres and out of centre retail uses.

There will be an opportunity for questions and comments at the end of the seminar.

Breakfast Seminar Presentation - 15 March 2018