Planning Portal Annual Conference 2021
15-18 November 2021
Planning Portal Annual Conference 2021

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  • Planning Reform
  • Biodiversity Net Gain
  • Net Zero Carbon
  • Community Engagement in Planning and Development
Planning Reform
Planning Portal Opening Address
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Planning Portal Opening Address
Opening address from Planning Portal's Managing Director Sarah Chilcott. Sarah will give an introduction to the 4 days of the conference, share some insight from Planning Portal over the past 12 months, and talk about future plans. 
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Planning Reform
Opening Keynote - Joanna Averley, MHCLG Chief Planner
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Opening Keynote - Joanna Averley, MHCLG Chief Planner
MHCLG Chief Planner, Joanna Averley will address changes and developments over the past 12 months on Planning Reform, and the planning whitepaper. 
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Planning Reform
Panel Discussion - Planning Reform One Year On
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Panel Discussion - Planning Reform One Year On
Industry experts will discuss the planning whitepaper, and planning reform one year on.
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Planning Reform
DigEplan - challenges facing the UK planning eco-system
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DigEplan - challenges facing the UK planning eco-system
We consider the challenges for the UK planning eco-system, using building information modelling and steps we can take whilst this transformation moves forward.

In the session, we consider the challenges that lie ahead for local authorities, engineering professionals, and the central government, when it comes to taking advantage of BIM data in the planning process. BIM coding and digital twins are an achievable vision, but to what detail and at what cost do they cease to make sense?
How far the industry can go, will likely depend on the industry and legislative
changes. Those changes will be driven by a strong emphasis on the cost and benefits of doing so.


At one end of the planning scale, BIM data is going to be difficult to justify, whilst for larger schemes, BIM makes a lot of sense. We challenge the assumptions and discuss a potential middle ground, bringing into play the application of intelligent automation.
 
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Planning Reform
Planning Reform - Breakout Session - Planning Portal and our Digital Future
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Planning Reform - Breakout Session - Planning Portal and our Digital Future
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Planning Reform
Planning Reform: Have we transformed enough?
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Planning Reform: Have we transformed enough?
Objective bring together a panel of planning and building professionals discussing the impact of legislative changes, challenges and progress, sharing today’s perspective and what’s to come.

Industry experts take a critical look at competing priorities and innovation set to continue to transform development management and building control to better serve our communities.
 
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Planning Reform
Adopting cloud technology to enhance UK planning
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Adopting cloud technology to enhance UK planning

Introducing new technology doesn’t have to be disruptive to deliver value. Small incremental changes to support existing processes can often produce tangible benefits, without all the typical drawn-out project management, commercial impacts, and IT headaches.

Cloud technology has completely changed how we configure and access software. It removes IT complexity and improves data flow both internally and externally.

Cloud also protects organisations from underwhelming software experiences with shorter-term, subscription-based contracting vehicles, which can be exited without penalties.

In our session we discuss how we can apply cloud technology to deliver incremental improvements to the stakeholder workflows in the planning process, reducing planning administration, and time to decision. We don’t have all the answers, but we do have lessons learned from other leading planning jurisdictions. We hope we can make the session collaborative and engaging, where we are able to consider how cloud-based government technology can help UK planning today.

 

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Planning Reform
Planning Reform - Breakout Session - UK Governments and Digital Planning
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Planning Reform - Breakout Session - UK Governments and Digital Planning
UK government heads discuss their digital plans, desire outcomes, challenges, and long term future.
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Biodiversity Net Gain
Planning Portal Opening Introduction
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Planning Portal Opening Introduction
Opening address from Planning Portal's Managing Director Sarah Chilcott. Sarah will give an introduction to day two of the conference. 
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Biodiversity Net Gain
Opening Keynote - Rachel Fisher, Defra
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Opening Keynote - Rachel Fisher, Defra
Hot on the heels of COP 26 we will explore what has changed and what is still to be done to make development work for the environment. Exploring the new Environment Bill measures such as Local Nature Recovery Strategies, Biodiversity Net Gain, and how they relate to planning reforms and wider land use change.
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Biodiversity Net Gain
Panel Discussion - Biodiversity Net Gain
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Panel Discussion - Biodiversity Net Gain
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Biodiversity Net Gain
Breakout Session - Biodiversity Net Gain: What do the new requirements entail?
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Breakout Session - Biodiversity Net Gain: What do the new requirements entail?
What does 'Biodiversity Net Gain' mean for local authorities and for housebuilders? With the Environment Act introducing a number of statutory obligations on both, and with the promise of more secondary legislation to follow, there is an urgent need for both public sector bodies and for property developers to engage with the detail of this bold new policy. 

If implemented properly, 'Biodiversity Net Gain' has the potential to boost biodiversity and restore the natural environment. However, both Government and third sector bodies have warned that there will be challenges with introducing the policy, especially when it comes to dealing with the large number of 'small site' planning applicants who may struggle to comply with the new rules.

In this session, the former Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, will provide a recorded introduction setting out the intention behind this policy. There will then be a panel conversation exploring what the 'Net Gain' policy involves; how technical solutions can be deployed to help both small developers and Local Planning Authorities comply with its requirements; and what steps stakeholders should take to make sure that 'small sites' planning applications abide by the new legislation. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers. 
 
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Net Zero Carbon
Planning Portal Opening Introduction
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Planning Portal Opening Introduction
Opening address from Planning Portal's Managing Director Sarah Chilcott. Sarah will give an introduction to day three of the conference. 
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Net Zero Carbon
Opening Keynote
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Net Zero Carbon
Panel Discussion - Net Zero Carbon
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Panel Discussion - Net Zero Carbon
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Net Zero Carbon
Breakout Session - What should planning policy do to make net zero happen?
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Breakout Session - What should planning policy do to make net zero happen?
How can planning policy help address climate change and get us to net zero carbon? This session is about hearing about different approaches to planning policy that targets carbon next zero, and then working together as a group to discuss what planning policy in England needs to do differently to ensure this is delivered.  Bring your ideas and challenges to the discussion!
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Net Zero Carbon
Breakout Session - Construction Technology: The Digital Solution to a Net Zero Future
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Breakout Session - Construction Technology: The Digital Solution to a Net Zero Future
This round-table session will be chaired by Chris Mortensen, COO of ConTech pioneer Modulous. He will be joined by Head of Sustainability Ajay Shah and other industry peers who are actively leveraging digitisation as a means of driving out waste and toxicity while protecting resources in the construction industry. They will present solutions from micro to macro in scale, underpinned by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, and designed to simplify the drive to a Net Zero future.
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Community Engagement in Planning and Development
Planning Portal Opening Introduction
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Planning Portal Opening Introduction
Opening address from Planning Portal's Managing Director Sarah Chilcott. Sarah will give an introduction to day four of the conference. 
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Community Engagement in Planning and Development
Opening Keynote
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From improving services to driving better decision making, resident involvement is changing the way one of the UK’s largest housing associations operates.
To truly tackle the housing crisis, developers can’t afford to take a paternalistic approach to housebuilding - communities are key partners in creating successful places which will stand the test of time, argues Fiona Fletcher-Smith, Group Chief Executive of L&Q.
 
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Community Engagement in Planning and Development
Panel Discussion - Community Engagement in Planning and Development
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