Northern Ireland Planning Conference 2017

Shaping planning, people and place

When

Thursday 16th November
Starting at 8.30am

Where

Baby Grand
Belfast

Planning in uncertain times

agendaNi’s Northern Ireland Planning Conference is now firmly established as the major annual event for all those with an interest or role in planning and development in Northern Ireland. Planning has now been devolved to local government in Northern Ireland for two years. There has been much learning over the period and this conference will look at the performance of the planning system since then.

This conference will also examine how well the planning system is able to respond to a growing economy and deliver more homes and offices for a growing Northern Ireland, while also balancing environmental and sustainable development considerations. It will also deal with a number of significant changes coming down the track that will impact on the planning system.

The conference will provide an opportunity for all those with a role or interest in planning locally to come together for discussion and debate. An expert speaker panel comprising local and visiting speakers will look at these issues in detail. Attendees will come from across all sectors and will include government policymakers and decision-takers, other government agencies and NDPDs, local government officials, planners, waste companies, developers, advisory organisations, community representative groups, political representatives etc. The 2017 conference comes at a time of great change with many issues impacting on the planning system in Northern Ireland.

The Speakers

Carol
Ramsey

Director of Strategic Planning Department for Infrastructure

Andrea
Kells

Chief Commissioner Planning Appeals Commission

Gary
McGhee

Partner & Head of Planning and Environmental Law Carson McDowell

Carol
McTaggart

Group Director of Development Clanmil Housing Group

Gavan
Rafferty

Lecturer in Spatial Planning and Development Ulster University

Stewart
Beattie

QC

James
Orr

Director Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland

David
Walsh

Assistant Secretary Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government Ireland

Phil
Williams

Director of Planning and Place Belfast City Council

Mark
Hammond

Acting Assistant Director, Countryside and Coast Unit Northern Ireland Environment Agency

Conference Programme

08:30

Registration & morning coffee

09:00 - 10:45

Chairman's welcome and introduction:
Stewart Beattie QC


Planning for growth: The planning system moving forward
Carol Ramsey, Director of Strategic Planning
Department for Infrastructure


Planning case law update
Gary McGhee, Partner & Head of Planning and Environmental Law
Carson McDowell


The impact of Brexit on community planning in border areas
Gavan Rafferty, Lecturer in Spatial Planning and Development
Ulster University


Planning Appeals Commission: Examining Local Development Plans
Andrea Kells, Chief Commissioner
Planning Appeals Commission


Questions & answers / Panel discussion

10.45

Morning coffee / Networking opportunity

11.15

The National Planning Framework: Ireland 2040 Our Plan
David Walsh, Assistant Secretary Planning, Land and Housing Market
Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government Ireland


BMAP and planning investment in Belfast City Centre
Phil Williams, Director of Planning and Place
Belfast City Council


Developing large scale housing projects under the new planning system
Carol McTaggart, Group Director of Development
Clanmil Housing Group


Understanding the importance of The Environment in planning
Mark Hammond, Acting Assistant Director, Countryside and Coast Unit
Northern Ireland Environment Agency


Effective community engagement for successful projects
James Orr, Director
Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland


Questions & answers / Panel discussion

13:00

Chairman’s summary and conference close followed by networking lunch

Registration



2017 discussion topics

✔ The impact of the BMAP judgement on the local planning system;
✔ A review of the performance of the local councils and planning committees;
✔ Progress on the development of the new area plans;
✔ The impact of Brexit on planning;
✔ Impact of the new Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive;
✔ An update on all significant planning judgments;
✔ Planning agreements for housing developments;
✔ Cross-border issues around the National Planning Framework in the Republic of Ireland;
✔ Best practice case study from another jurisdiction.

Sponsorship & exhibition opportunities

Interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibiting?

There are a limited number of available sponsorship and exhibition opportunities at this conference which will be of interest to companies and organisations with products or services they wish to promote. For further information on how your organisation can benefit, contact Laura O’Neill on 028 9261 9933.

Location and Venue

Venue

Baby Grand, Grand Opera House

2-4 Great Victoria St

Belfast

BT2 7HR

Tel: +44 (0)28 9024 1919