- All Tracks
- Planning Reform
- Biodiversity Net Gain
- Net Zero Carbon
- Community Engagement in Planning and Development
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.