Northern Ireland Planning Conference 2018

Decision making in uncertain times

When

Tuesday 20th November 2018

Where

Titanic Belfast

Planning: Who decides?

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 three years. The conference will look at the performance of the planning system since then, particularly looking at how we can get the best out of Area Plans.

The Department for Infrastructure still retains responsibility for processing planning applications for projects deemed to be of regional significance. However, due to the ongoing lack of a functioning Executive in Northern Ireland, this poses a fundamental problem – when it comes to key planning decisions, who decides? Earlier this year both the High Court and subsequently the Court of Appeal ruled that civil servants had no power to approve arc21’s proposed waste incinerator. This has massive implications not only for planning but across all government departments.

2018 discussion topics

  • Who decides: Impact of the arc21 decision on planning for major infrastructure projects
  • A review of Local Development Plans
  • Planning in a political void
  • Impact of Brexit on planning
  • An update on all significant planning judgements
  • Planning for resilience
  • Use of planning agreements by local authorities
  • Planning for developing social housing
  • Best practice case studies

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 policy-makers and decision-takers, other government agencies and NDPBs, local government officials, planners, developers, waste companies, advisory organisations, community representative groups and political representatives. The conference aims to be as interactive as possible with delegates able to put questions directly to the expert panel.

Conference speaker panel

Stewart
Beattie

QC

Ben
Collins

Chief Executive
Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations

Andrea
Kells

Chief Commissioner
Planning and Water Appeals Commission

Angus
Kerr

Chief Planner and Director of Regional Planning
Department for Infrastructure

Grant
McBurney

Partner
Carson McDowell

William
Orbinson

QC

Aidan
Thatcher

Director of Planning and Building Control
Belfast City Council

Conference Programme

0900

Chairman's welcome and introduction
Stewart Beattie QC


Spatial planning for uncertain times
Angus Kerr, Chief Planner and Director of Regional Planning
Department for Infrastructure


Planning in Northern Ireland: Notable judgements
Grant McBurney, Partner
Carson McDowell


Making planning work for people
Andrea Kells, Chief Commissioner
Planning Appeals Commission


Local Development Plans: Making them work
Stewart Beattie QC


Questions & answers / Panel discussion

1045

Morning coffee / networking break

1115

Planning for the resilient city
Aidan Thatcher, Director of Planning
Belfast City Council


Strategic Environmental Assessment of Local Development Plans
William Orbinson QC


Strengthening the link between spatial and community planning for better outcomes
Irene Beautyman, Planning for Place Programme Manager
Improvement Service (Scotland)


Getting the best out of Area Plans for social housing
Ben Collins, Chief Executive
Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations


The increasing importance of planning agreements
Senior Representative,
Northern Ireland Local Government Association


Questions & answers / Panel discussion

1315

Chairman's summary and conference close followed by networking lunch


Who should attend?

This conference will be of interest to all stakeholders involved in and affected by the planning system in Northern Ireland, including:


Planning professionals;
Senior policy makers;
Elected representatives;
Local government officers;
Developers;
Building companies;
Housing sector managers;
Senior managers in government agencies;
Infrastructure developers;
Quantity surveyors;
Architects;
Environmentalists;
Lawyers;
Planning consultants;
Public affairs consultants.

Pricing & Registration

Conference delegate rate
£225 + VAT @ 20% = £270

Fee includes documentation, lunch and other refreshments served during the conference and is payable in advance.

Discounted rate for voluntary/community sectors
£195 + VAT @ 20% = £234

Fee includes documentation, lunch and other refreshments served during the conference and is payable in advance.

Discounted rate for local government
£195 + VAT @ 20% = £234

Fee includes documentation, lunch and other refreshments served during the conference and is payable in advance.

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities

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 Olivia Carragher on 028 9261 9933.

Networking Opportunities

The conference is structured in a way to provide a high level of interaction between speakers and delegates.

There will be plentiful opportunities for questions as well as discussion in each of the sessions. In the breaks and margins of the event there will also be ample scope for business development.