Thursday, 23rd March 2017
Taking place two years after the transfer of planning powers to local authorities, this conference will provide an opportunity to consider latest thinking on ways to address the key challenges which planners, applicants and local councils have faced - including the reported failure of planning offices within local authorities, on average, to meet statutory targets for processing major development applications, local applications, and in concluding enforcement cases.
Delegates will also review lessons learned over the past two years, and how effective the changes have been more widely in furthering the policy aim of a more local, accountable and effective planning system.
Further sessions will discuss themes emerging from the responses to the newly formed Department for Infrastructure’s call for evidence on the strategic planning policy for Development in the Countryside and Renewable Energy, and its consultation on the review of permitted development rights.
The agenda also looks at the way forward for the Department developing a strategic planning policy which can act as a driver for local and regional economic growth, and consider next steps in the role of local authorities in urban regeneration, town planning and economic development.