Our Bristol team co-organised a superb event, hosted by Osborne Clarke, to an invited audience of planners, housebuilders and architects, to explore the future of planning under the new Conservative Government. Attracting over 80 people, the event was chaired by RTPI President Janet Askew.
Firstly Neil Bromwich, partner at Osborne Clarke, explored the future of Community Investment Levies (CILs) and S106 payments including how developers could potentially save themselves substantial sums by better understanding where liability arises.
Next SLR's Director of Landscape Architecture, Julian Cooper outlined why development in protected landscapes is feasible 'with care'; and that by understanding and working with the context of the landscape it was eminently possible to create development which is not only sympathetic but which could enhance amenity.
The keynote speaker was Martin Kingston QC from No5 Chambers who provided a most entertaining, provocative and engaging walk through some of the tensions arising between supply of land, Localism, strategic planning and policy. He argued that vision and leadership are needed to create workable plans; and that large-scale development like more Garden Cities and urban extensions are the only ways to deliver the housing levels required.
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