Breakfast with the Planners | Tuesday 26th March 2024 | 8.30am until 11.00am

Sir Frank Gibb Building, Loughborough University

Bookings now being taken

call 01623 726256 or email P&DG Bookings

Your Invitation

The event is free and has been carefully designed to provide attendees with both a beneficial CPD session and business opportunities associated around the planning system.

Key aspects to be covered during the seminar include:

Loughborough University

Welcome speech by Professor Malcolm Cook, Dean of the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering.

Introduction by Graham Howard, Director of Estates and Facilities Management at the Loughborough and London campuses, with insights into the campus planning strategy and developments at Loughborough University.

P&DG Team

P&DG’s practical experience with the recently updated National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on Local Plan making, site promotion, planning applications, and processes. We will also discuss the implications for the development and construction industry. What do the changes mean to business? What actions could you be taking to deal with the changes?

Guest Speaker

“What is RAAC, and should we be worried about it?”  We are very fortunate to be holding this event at Loughborough University and being joined by our guest speaker, Professor Chris Goodier. Concrete or RAAC (Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete) has been in the news like never before, with the non-opening of 100s of schools in August and more recently with it being found in 500 homes in Aberdeen. Professor Chris Goodier, the UK’s leading academic on RAAC, will explain what it is, where it is, and whether we should be worried about it now and in the future (see below for information about our guest speaker).

P&DG Team

Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) – what has happened, what you need to do, current commercial implications, and approaches for dealing with BNG.

P&DG Team

And, finally, we will provide a general planning update, covering aspects that may be currently under the radar but have implications for projects and business planning.

More about our Guest Speaker

Professor Chris Goodier PhD FICT FHEA MCIOB MCS

  • Professor of Construction Engineering and Materials
  • Director of Academic Staffing
  • Director of Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)


Professor Chris Goodier is an expert in offsite, modern methods of construction (MMC), modular construction and concrete technology, including RAAC (Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete). He is an experienced Civil Engineer, Chartered Builder and Researcher with nearly 30 years’ of experience in all aspects of construction, including contracting, consultancy and research, and has led the NHS-funded RAAC National Research project for two years.

Chris has authored more than 200 publications. His books include Design in Modular Construction (2014) and the RICS Future of UK Housebuilding (2010). He is also an international expert witness for offsite/modular construction and was recently invited to give evidence in person to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee inquiry into MMC.

It would be great to see some familiar and new faces at the event, so come and join us for an informative morning. 

How to Book

To book your place, please get in touch – telephone 01623 726256 or email: P&DG Bookings



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