Register: Unpicking the planning white paper

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Watch our latest on-demand local government webinar - 24 September 2020

In its recently-released “Planning for the future” White Paper, the Government outlined plans for a major overhaul of the planning system.

The preparation of reformed local plans, development of new design codes, a major overhaul of development contributions, and a new streamlined approach to decision-making will have far-reaching implications for planning professionals. At the same time, local authorities will need to adopt new operating models - harnessing technology to maximise community engagement and to make planning data more accessible and visual than ever before.

We brought together a panel of industry experts to discuss the legal, social and practical implications of these proposals for local authorities and the communities they serve. In this interactive session, we explored a range of views on the potential impact of the forthcoming changes and looked at how to deal with them.

Our speakers

  • Scott Stemp, planning barrister at No5 Chambers, takes a strategic look at the proposals in the planning White Paper. He’ll help us to understand what they might mean for the profession and how local authorities will need to quickly adapt and change.
  • Councillor Shimon Ryde, chairman of Barnet Council’s planning committee, gives a local politician’s view of what it might mean, and in particular how it will affect planning governance and local democracy in planning.
  • Esther Kurland, Director at Urban Design London, unpicks the place-based design implications, helping us to understand more about design codes and masterplans, how to prepare them and how to interpret them when receiving applications.
  • The session was hosted by Simon Wood, Director of Planning and Building Control at Capita’s Breckland Council Partnership.

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