February 21st, 2019

8:15am to 3:00pm

Creating Communities

How housing and planning reform can create

more attractive places, better infrastructure

and local growth

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February 21st, 2019

8:15 am - 3:00 pm



7a Howick Place,

London SW1P 1DZ




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


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James Brokenshire, MP

Secretary of State, MHCLG

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Nicholas Boys Smith

Director, Create Streets


Simon Hesketh

Director Regeneration, U+I

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Giles Carter

Director, Ilke Homes

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Polly Neate

Chief Executive, Shelter


Pamela Warhurst CBE

Chair, Incredible Edible

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Richard Walker

Strategic Planning Director, Lightwood

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Kathryn Eames

Director, Accordus 


James McKechnie 

Divisional Transportation Director, Hydrock

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Will Tanner

Founder, Onward


Chris Bowie-Hill

Technical Director, Hydrock

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Cllr Paul Carter CBE

Leader, Kent County Council

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Gareth Swarbrick

Chief Executive, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing

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Pete Redman

Director, Housing Futures

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Finn Williams

Founder, Public Practice

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Nick Taylor

The Piece Hall

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John Myers

Co-Founder, YIMBY Alliance

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Tom Aubrey

Advisor to the Centre for Progressive Policy


Sir Edward Lister

Chairman, Homes England


Yolande Barnes

Chair, Bartlett Real Estate Institute, UCL


Steve Quartermain

Chief Planner, MHCLG

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Catriona Riddell

Chair, TCPA


Tony Pidgley

Chairman, Berkeley Group


Gavin McLaughlin

Principal Planner, TFL


Fiona Fletcher-Smith

Group Director Sales and Development, L&Q

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James Palmer

Mayor, Cambridgeshire and  Peterborough

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Neil O'Brien MP

MP for Harborough, Oadby and Wigston 

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Charles Campion

Partner, JTP


Dr Chanuki Seresinhe

Alan Turing Institute

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Richard Bacon MP

Chair, APPG on Self Build

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Cllr David Williams

Leader, Hertfordshire County Council


Andrew Carter

Chief Executive, Centre for Cities

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Tom Chance

Director, National CLT Network

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Eleanor Lasota

Architectural Designer and Researcher, White Design


Jonathan Rosenberg

Chair, Walerton & Elgin Community Homes


Paul Miner

Head of Strategic Plans and Devolution, CPRE