Zoning - Delivering Positive Outcomes

October 01st 2020

12.15pm - 1.15pm
This is a FREE event


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The recent White Paper - ‘Planning for the Future’ sets out a number of radical reforms to UK Planning and proposes a system which will be easier for the public to access, that will transform the way communities are shaped and that will build the homes the country needs. In a series of three webinars we will be exploring the pros and cons of what has been proposed, focusing on three key elements; Zoning, Community Engagement and Planning Gain Process.

In our first webinar we will be examining Zoning. Under the new system, local authorities will be required to develop stripped back local plans zoning all land in their areas for “growth”, “renewal” or “protection”. Areas that are zoned for growth will accommodate “substantial development” and will benefit from outline permission, but this said developers will still need to secure reserved matters permission in accordance with locally drawn up design codes - councils will not however be able to debate the principle of the scheme. Inevitably there are those in both public and private sector camps, who see these changes as a threat and who are concerned about the impacts of the new regime.

We have assembled what can only be described as an authoritative panel of contributors for our first session, including Anita Laremont who heads up planning in New York, a city that has embraced a zonal system. Anita will be able to tell us first-hand how things work in practice, in a world city similar to London’s characteristics. Heather Cheesbrough who leads on planning for Croydon, one of London’s most dynamic Boroughs, will give a local authority perspective, Mike Kiely who chairs the Planning Officers Society, who has worked across a number of local authorities and often advises MHCLG, will certainly have a well-informed view and David Lunts will be able to talk about the proposed changes from a pan London perspective. The session will be moderated by Faraz Baber a planner and an accomplished chairperson!

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