During the last few years it has been widely acknowledged that  for decades  we have not built enough homes. More recently it has become recognised that in many parts of the country the quality of places in which people live and work is just not good enough. Simply setting targets for the number of new homes that must be built will not create the safe, comfortable, sociable and thriving places that we all need in order to live decent lives.

How are we to meet this challenge? How can we build the large number of homes that we need while ensuring that they are of a good quality – and built quickly? How can we ensure that we create attractive, sociable, culturally rich places and not just dormitory housing estates? And how must the planning system change in order to include the views and experiences of ordinary people and allow them a meaningful influence over what gets built?

Who should attend?

This conference is vital for: councillors, policy makers, developers, housebuilders, planners, consultants, urban designers, academics, architects, landscape architects, community activists – and anyone else who wants to help forge a consensus about the way we shape the country for the common good.

Registration from 10.00 for a 10.30 start.

Confirmed programme:

Introduction from the Chair: Mary Parsons, Chair TCPA and Group Director Placemaking and Regeneration, Places for People

Setting the scene:

Kate Henderson, Chief Executive, TCPA 'Better homes, better places'

Keynote speech: Steve Quartermain CBE, Chief Planner, DCLG 'The Government's plans for building more and better homes'

Nick Walkley, Chief Executive, Homes & Communities Agency 'Building more and better homes'

Building more homes and better places, more quickly:

Cllr Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE Leader, Wiltshire Council, 'A local authority perspective'

Graeme Moran, Managing Director of Asset Management and Public Sector Engagement Heylo 'New opportunities, new models of delivery'

Tom Copley AM 'A local authority perspective'

Sir Brian Briscoe, Garden City Developments 'Working together to deliver high quality new places: local authorities, landowners, developers and the community'

Lunch and networking

14.15 The future of planning:

Stefan Webb, Head of Projects, Future Cities Catapult 'The Future of Planning'

Robbie Own, Head of Infrastructure Planning, Pinsent Masons 'Could infrastructure planning and town and country planning be better aligned?'

Anna Rose, Head of the Planning Advisory Service 'The challenges of local planning'

Dr Hugh Ellis, Head of Policy, TCPA 'The Raynsford Review'

Keynote speech:

Rt Hon John Healey MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Housing 'How should planning change?'

16.40 Conference ends

Terms and conditions

The TCPA reserves the right to charge, in the event of a cancellation, depending on the notice given: 5 working days or fewer - 100%; 6-15 working days - 50%; 16-20 working days - 25%; 21 working days or more 10%.

Substitutions can be made at any time 

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