HBF Planning Conference

25 September, 2013


This year's HBF Planning Conference will be held on Wednesday 25 September at Austin Court in Birmingham.

Planning without a regional strategy

A year after the publication of the National Planning Policy Framework you might have thought everything on planning had settled down. However we are now faced with the stark reality of its implementation in a localism world. Without the comfort of the now revoked regional strategies local authorities are now grappling with the need to objectively assess their own housing requirements, cooperate with their neighbours, publish and keep up to date their local plans, help local communities bring forward neighbourhood plans that contain positive visions for the future and create a charging schedule for a community infrastructure levy. And all this while ensuring the delivery of much needed housing.

Recently Nick Boles, the planning minister, said that if anyone asks for further changes to the planning system he would shoot them. So, should we be loading our guns in his defence or donning our flack jackets in our own.

The HBF Annual Planning Conference will examine the challenges and potential solutions to planning for housing in a post NPPF world without regional strategies


9.30 - Registration

10.00 - Conference Start

Speakers Include:

Nick Boles MP

Planning Minister

David Birbeck

Chief Executive, Design for Homes

Adam Dodgshon

Principal Consultant, Planning Advisory Service 

Simon Drummond-Hay

Principal, HDH Planning and Development

Huw Edwards

Partner, Barton Willmore

Stefan Kruczkowski

School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University

Simon Leask

Head of ATLAS, Advisory Team for Large Applications Service

Mary Travers

Group Manager for Local Plans, The Planning Inspectorate

Andrew Whitaker

Planning Director, HBF

16.30 - Conference Close (approximate)

Conference timings and speakers are subject to change


Click here to make a booking online and to download a booking form.  Or contact the events team on 020 7960 1646 with any queries.   


AUSTIN COURT (home of the IET) 80 Cambridge Street, Birmingham B1 2NP

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