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May 19th, 2020

8:30am to 5:00pm

Creating Communities

How housing and planning reform can create

more attractive places, better infrastructure

and local growth

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May 19th, 2020

8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Central Westminster, London





The main focus of the conference will be: 

  • The creation of new stand-alone communities, major urban extensions and other strategic-scale housing developments,

  • The role local authorities might play in future in land assembly (particularly in light of HRA cap lifting),

  • How to ensure more of the value created in new development benefits the community.



8:30 AM


the full programme
the full programme

9:00-9:45 AM

Speech by Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State 

Introductory session to the day followed by detailed Q&A from the audience.

10:00-10:45 AM

Where and how we should build


Panel session on what more we need to do to unlock new development in partnership with communities.


Kindly sponsored by U+I




During the coffee break we will match attendees for “speed-dating” in twos and threes. We wish to facilitate conversations that are a bit ‘beyond the usual’.


Panel breakouts


Four breakout sessions will be running simultaneously:

The importance of good design


The session will explore the discoverable links between design with good resident wellbeing outcomes and consider the implications for design, development and planning, drawing on international empirical research.


Kindly sponsored by Hydrock

Engaging local people in the planning process

This session will consider how community groups can organise themselves and work effectively to interact well with landowners, developers and councils.


Kindly sponsored by JTP

Accelerating build out rates


This session will explore how to improve build out, including through new technologies, skills investment and conditions on land.

Kindly sponsored by Ilke Homes



Strategic planning


This session will explore how a new approach to local government could deliver better planning and improve the division of responsibilities within the housing and planning system.


Kindly sponsored by the County Councils Network

There is a limited number of places available for each session. Attendees should register for their preferred session in the section below .

12:00-12:45 PM

Using land value uplift to fund infrastructure


Panel session on how we plan for and pay for key infrastructure, from roads to schools and GP surgeries.


Kindly sponsored by Lightwood Strategic

12:45-2:15 PM


During lunch, there will be a soapbox for attendees to present their own ideas to the conference, to open up new conversations.

2:15-3:00 PM

Strategic authority: the role of mayors, local authorities

and local businesses in development

Final panel session on a greater role for higher tier authorities in development, for example around strategic sites, major infrastructure or the location of garden towns and cities.


Kindly sponsored by CCN

the full programme

Click here to register for break-out sessions


Secretary of State, MHCLG

James Brokenshire, MP

Director, Create Streets

Nicholas Boys Smith

Director Regeneration, U+I

Simon Hesketh

Director, Ilke Homes

Giles Carter

Chief Executive, Shelter

Polly Neate

Chair, Incredible Edible

Pamela Warhurst CBE

Strategic Planning Director, Lightwood

Richard Walker

Director, Accordus 

Kathryn Eames

Divisional Transportation Director, Hydrock

James McKechnie 

Founder, Onward

Will Tanner

Technical Director, Hydrock

Chris Bowie-Hill

Leader, Kent County Council

Cllr Paul Carter CBE

Chief Executive, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing

Gareth Swarbrick

Director, Housing Futures

Pete Redman

Founder, Public Practice

Finn Williams

The Piece Hall

Nick Taylor

Co-Founder, YIMBY Alliance

John Myers

Advisor to the Centre for Progressive Policy

Tom Aubrey

Chairman, Homes England

Sir Edward Lister

Chair, Bartlett Real Estate Institute, UCL

Yolande Barnes

Chief Planner, MHCLG

Steve Quartermain

Chair, TCPA

Catriona Riddell

Chairman, Berkeley Group

Tony Pidgley

Principal Planner, TFL

Gavin McLaughlin

Group Director Sales and Development, L&Q

Fiona Fletcher-Smith

Mayor, Cambridgeshire and  Peterborough

James Palmer

MP for Harborough, Oadby and Wigston 

Neil O'Brien MP

Partner, JTP

Charles Campion

Alan Turing Institute

Dr Chanuki Seresinhe

Chair, APPG on Self Build

Richard Bacon MP

Leader, Hertfordshire County Council

Cllr David Williams

Chief Executive, Centre for Cities

Andrew Carter

Director, National CLT Network

Tom Chance

Architectural Designer and Researcher, White Design

Eleanor Lasota

Chair, Walerton & Elgin Community Homes

Jonathan Rosenberg

Head of Strategic Plans and Devolution, CPRE


Paul Miner