Upcoming Events

We have always been very proud of our events. They brought people together and allowed them time and space to think through new problems. For obvious reasons we are moving things online - using MS Teams for smaller workshops and Zoom for larger events. We are trying to keep things interactive so bring your questions and your creativity.  


Booking tickets via eventbrite

A few people are getting frustrated when booking tickets for events very late (sometimes even after they have started). For reasons we needn't go into just now, we are not using the automatic integration of Eventbrite and Zoom. This means that shortly before the event a human (who we call Steve) will send you your link. Shortly before the event starts Steve will be mucking in with the event and will not see any late orders. So - book tickets at least a day in advance if you want to be sure. 


Implementing the First Homes Planning Policy - online event

9.30 - 12.00 Thursday 29th July

The 24th May 2021 Written Ministerial Statement amended planning policy on affordable homes by introducing the requirement to deliver First Homes through the planning system. These changes took effect on 28th June 2021 and with the publication of updated planning practice guidance there’s a lot to get to grips with.

First Homes are discounted market sale housing and fall within the definition of ‘affordable housing’ for planning purposes. We are holding an event to explore the practicalities of implementing First Homes policy.

We will be having specific breakout rooms covering (1) Developer Contributions (2) Plan Making and (3) Decision Making so have a think before the session which room you want to be in.

To book a place please click here


Planning for Natura 2000 sites: lessons in nutrient neutrality - online event

13:30 - 16:30 on Thursday 29 July

This is an open invitation for planners in any local authority, particularly if you are working within the catchment of a Natura 2000 site (ie Special Protection Area or Special Area of Conservation) and are interested in understanding how to deal with nutrient neutrality, or minimising the risk of it occurring through a more pro-active approach to environmental planning.

Several authorities around Natura 2000 sites have received guidance from Natural England declaring the sites to be in an “unfavourable condition” from Nitrate or Phosphate pollution. Authorities in these areas have been required to halt housing development until a way can be found of ensuring that new schemes do not contribute to the nutrient problem and are "nutrient neutral".

These workshops are part of a wider PAS project to explore the issues raised by nutrient pollution. Participants will examine the challenges that nutrient neutrality raises for planning, hear from planners in affected areas and start to identify lessons learned. As experience is gained, we will look at the approaches that are being developed to identify solutions and plan for the natural environmental more widely.

Please click here to register your place


So you want to be a phase 2 design pilot? - online event

  • Friday 30th July, 13:00 - 15:00 

  • Wednesday 1st September, 10:00 - 12:00 

An event for people thinking about applying to take part in the Government's phase two design code pilot programme

The Office for Place, as part of MHCLG, is inviting local authorities to take part in a second phase of design code pilot programme. This event is to introduce local authorities to the phase two pilot programme and help local authorities decide if they want to bid to be a pilot.

The Office for Place is seeking up to 10 local authorities, from counties, districts, unitaries, combined authorities and neighbourhood planning groups to receive a share of £1 million and receive expert advice and support. Successful bidding teams will be supported to develop a detailed proposal and process for developing and producing a design code with an aim to develop best practice design codes and processes that can serve as exemplars to others.

This event is for local government people to help decide whether to submit an application. It is NOT training on the design code itself.

The deadline for submission of expressions of interest for the pilot programme is 13 September 2021, 5pm.

To book a place please click here