Northern Ireland Planning Conference

Wednesday 20th November 2019, Titanic Belfast

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Northern Ireland Planning Conference 2019

agendaNi’s Northern Ireland Planning Conference is the major annual event for all those involved in planning and development in Northern Ireland. This important conference will look at the performance of the planning system and future opportunities for both the private and public sectors.

How is the planning landscape faring? As the stalemate at Stormont continues, it poses a fundamental problem — when it comes to key planning decisions, who decides? This has massive implications for planning projects. An expert speaker panel comprising local and visiting speakers will look the current challenges facing planning in Northern Ireland in detail.

Where

Titanic, Belfast

When

Wednesday 20th November 2019

Building site
Cranes

Planning and Councils

Councils play a key role in planning in Northern Ireland. Now in its fourth year, the process is no longer finding its feet. 2018 saw a delay in major planning decisions. In the political vacuum, the power of granting such decisions takes on further prominence. As draft Local Development Plans begin to be published, we are starting to see the future of planning taking shape.

2019 discussion topics

✔ An update on Local Development Plans
✔ Impact of Brexit on planning
✔ Planning law update
✔ Delivering key infrastructure projects
✔ People-centred planning: Wellbeing and ageing
✔ Planning in local authorities
✔ Developing social housing
✔ Energy infrastructure and networks
✔ Future development of Northern Ireland
✔ Best practice case studies

Who will you meet?

The conference will provide an opportunity for all those with a role or interest in planning to come together for discussion and debate. 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.

Our Speakers

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Angus Kerr

Chief Planner and Director, Department for Infrastructure

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Angus Kerr

Chief Planner and Director
Department for Infrastructure Northern Ireland.

Angus Kerr is Chief Planner and Director of the Department for Infrastructure Northern Ireland Regional Planning Directorate. Angus was appointed as Director in January 2012 and is responsible for regional planning and developing planning legislation and policy in line with Ministerial direction. Angus is a chartered Town Planner with over 25 years’ experience working in a wide range of planning posts across government. Angus was recently Project Director for the planning reform and transfer project which was responsible for reforming the planning system and transferring the majority of planning functions to the new 11 Councils on 1 April 2015.

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Janice Morphet

Visiting Professor
Bartlett School of Planning University College London

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Janice Morphet

Visiting Professor
Bartlett School of Planning University College London.

Janice Morphet is a Visiting Professor in the Bartlett School of Planning at University College London and is a CABE Built Environment Expert. Janice was on the Planning Committee of the London 2012 Olympic Games. She was a Senior Adviser on local government at DCLG 2000-2005, having been Chief Executive of Rutland CC, Director of Technical Services at Woking, and Professorial Head of the School of Planning and Landscape at Birmingham Polytechnic. Janice has been a trustee of the RTPI and TCPA and held several roles at the RTPI including Chair of Education and LifeLong Learning Committee and the London Chapter.

Janice’s recent books are Modern Local Government (2008) and Effective Practice in Spatial Planning (2010) How Europe Shapes British Public Policy (2013), Applying leadership and management in planning: theory and practice (2015), Infrastructure delivery planning: an effective practice approach (2016) and Beyond Brexit (2017). Her latest book Changing Contexts in Spatial Planning was published in December 2018. Her recent research with Dr Ben Clifford includes 2 projects on NSIP flexibility and delivery for NIPA and projects on Local Authority Direct Provision of Housing funded by the National Planning Forum and the RTPI that was published in December 2017. Janice and Ben are now undertaking further housing research funded by the RTPI that will be published in 2019.

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Beverley Clyde MRTPI

Principal Planner, Arup

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Beverley Clyde

Principal Planner
Arup.

Beverley is a Principal Planner in Arup’s Belfast office. A career spanning over nineteen years’ in both the public and private sector, this distinct mix of planning experience provides her with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the intricacies of the NI planning system. Beverley attained a Master’s degree in Town and Country Planning at Queen’s University of Belfast, and is a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RPTI). Beverley is a past chair of the RTPI NI executive committee and was listed in the Planner’s Women of Influence (UK) 2018 in recognition of her RTPI voluntary work. Beverley specialises mainly in the co-ordination of major planning applications, and representing clients at planning appeals, major public inquiries and public examinations. During her career, she has been involved in a number of successful cases, for example, Obel Tower, Ulster University’s Belfast City Centre new educational campus, Enniskillen hospital, Colin Town Centre, Dale Farm solar farm, and Nutts Corner storage and warehouse park.

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Alan Campbell

Head of Grid Development, SONI Ltd

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Alan Campbell

Head of Grid Development, SONI Ltd

Alan Campbell is Head of Grid Development and Interconnection at SONI - System Operator for Northern Ireland. He has been with SONI since July 2017. Alan leads the team responsible for the delivery of new transmission system infrastructure including the proposed second 400 kV North South Interconnector linking the grids of Northern Ireland and Ireland. A graduate of Queen's University Belfast with a First Class Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering, Campbell has more than 15 years' experience in the electricity industry. Alan began his career at AstraZeneca in England before joining ESB International. He has held a number of senior positions in ESB, and was responsible for managing its 400 MW Coolkeeragh Power Station in the Northern Ireland. In his spare time he spends time with his family, walking in the County Down countryside, and is a keen amateur cyclist.

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Lynsay Magill

Senior Head of Development, Radius Housing

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Lynsay Magil

Senior Head of Development
Radius Housing

Lynsay Magill took up the post of Senior Head of Development at Radius Housing in January 2019. Radius Housing provides housing, care and support to over 33,000 homes and are a social enterprise employing over 1,000 people and managing 12,500 properties in 80 towns across Northern Ireland. Lynsay has over 15 years’ experience of working in the new build development sector in Northern Ireland, both in leading new build social housing projects and also in the land and new homes sector of the private market. She is responsible for the commencement of over 400 new social homes on site each year and has a proven track record in providing affordable homes for sale through mixed tenure developments.

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Gary McGhee

Partner, Carson McDowell

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Gary McGhee

Gary McGhee is a Partner & Head of the Planning and Environmental Law Team within Carson McDowell which he founded over 20 years ago. Gary is one of the few solicitors in Northern Ireland to specialise exclusively in the areas of planning, environmental and energy law. His experience includes the coordination of major planning applications; representation at over 50 planning / enforcement appeals and major public inquiries; and instigating / defending judicial reviews of planning and environmental decisions. Gary is ranked in Band 1 in Planning and Environmental Law by both the Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500. In addition, Gary is a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute, a member of the Environmental and Planning Law Association of Northern Ireland, and a member of the UK Environmental Law Association.

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Aidan Thatcher

Director of Planning and Building Control, Belfast City Council

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Aidan Thatcher

Director of Planning and Building Control
Belfast City Council.

Aidan Thatcher is the Director of Planning and Building Control for Belfast City Council. Aidan has over sixteen years planning experience across both the public and private sector. He has latterly focused his career in the public sector, holding senior management and leadership positions including Planning Manager in Brighton and Hove City Council, Head of Development in Horsham District Council, and Head of Planning in Lewes and Eastbourne Councils. Aidan’s experience spans across all sectors of planning. Much of his recent career has focused on organisational change, resulting in improved service delivery and increased resilience of service areas

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Aodhán Connolly

Director, NI Retail Consortium

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Aodhán Connolly

Director
NI Retail Consortium.

Aodhán Connolly is the Director of the NI Retail Consortium, responsible for engagement with the NI Assembly, Westminster, the Oireachtas and Europe. He has worked with government at all levels to champion 21st Century High streets including on planning reform. He recently published a go to guide for councillors on retail for local government partnership working.

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David Gavaghan

Chief Executive, Aurora Prime Real Estate

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David Gavaghan

Chief Executive
Aurora Prime Real Estate.

David Gavaghan has established Aurora Prime Real Estate Limited and is seeking to raise £50 million locally and internationally to invest in Grade A office space in Belfast. Previously he was Executive Director of Quintain Estates and Development plc. He is the former Chief Executive of Titanic Quarter Limited and prior to that was Chief Executive of the Strategic Investment Board Limited for six years. David was also Chair of CBI Northern Ireland from 2016-2018 having previously been Vice Chair.

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Dr Louise O’Kane

Planner and Engagement Officer
Community Places

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Dr Louise O’Kane

Planner and engagement officer
Community Places

Dr Louise O’Kane joined Community Places as a Planner in October 2008. Community Places is a voluntary sector not-for-profit organisation. It provides independent and impartial planning advice and support to individuals and communities, facilitates community planning and supports community engagement in projects, programmes and policy development.

Louise has over 15 years’ experience of working in the areas of spatial planning, community engagement, community planning and conflict transformation. Most recently, Louise managed a Community Planning is here: Get Involved! Civic Activism Project and an Erasmus+ European Community Participation in Planning Project working with partners in Milan, Aveiro and Belfast. Louise is currently co-ordinating the regional Participatory Budgeting Works Project.

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William Orbinson QC

 

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William Orbinson QC

William Orbinson QC is Northern Ireland’s first and only Senior Counsel with an exclusive specialism in planning, energy, and related environmental law issues. William provides planning and environmental advice to the development community and represents developers, energy and infrastructure providers in major planning inquiries, development plan inquiries, appeals, and judicial reviews. The sole Northern Irish Associate of PEBA: The Specialist Bar Association for Planning and the Environment, William is also the only Senior Counsel at the Northern Irish Bar to have qualified as a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute and to be an Affiliate of the Irish Planning Institute. William has represented the vast majority of wind farm developers in their appeals before the Planning Appeals Commission, has advised Mutual Energy on the NI-Scotland interconnector, represented SONI in the North-South Interconnector inquiry and Tamboran in its hydraulic fracturing judicial reviews, and acts for Elgin Energy in a number of Northern Ireland solar projects. He has also advised energy developers on the regulatory and land law aspects of their projects. William Orbinson QC is a member of both the Bars of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and acts for energy developers throughout the island.

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James Orr

Director
Friends of the Earth

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James Orr

Director, Friends of the Earth

James Orr has a background in law, leadership and town planning. He worked for 18 years as Director of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in N Ireland based at Castle Espie and for the last ten years for Friends of the Earth. His currents interests the Rights for Nature and movement building using a social ecology model.

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Phil Williams

Planning Consultant
Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

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Phil Williams

Planning Consultant
Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Phil Williams is a Planning Consultant at the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales. His Local Government career has spanned 43 years, and culminated in posts of Head of Planning at Cardiff City Council and Director of Planning and Place at Belfast City Council. In 2016, Phil was President of the Royal Town Planning Institute and travelled extensively in Europe, North and South America, Australia and New Zealand. He is passionate about Planning and its role in securing sustainable development solutions at local, national and international levels. Phil is currently a freelance Planning Consultant, Special Planning Adviser to the Future Generations Commissioner in Wales, and a Commissioner of the UK 2070 Commission.

Event Schedule

0830 Registration and morning coffee
0900 Chairman’s welcome and introduction
William Orbinson QC
Planning for growth in Northern Ireland
Angus Kerr
Chief Planner and Director of Regional Planning, Department for Infrastructure
What is next for planning: Legal update
Gary McGhee
Partner, Carson McDowell
Emerging local plans: shaping Northern Ireland for the next 15 years
Beverley Clyde
Principal Planner, Arup
Delivering infrastructure: Challenges in the UK planning system
Janice Morphet
Visiting Professor, The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London
Questions & answers / Panel discussion
1045 Morning coffee / networking break
1115 People-centred planning for future generations
Phil Williams
Planning Consultant, Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales
Planning for energy infrastructure and networks
Alan Campbell
Head of Grid Development, SONI Ltd
Local Development Plan: A local government perspective
Aidan Thatcher
Director of Planning and Building Control, Belfast City Council
Questions & answers / Panel discussion
Panel discussion: Planning for Northern Ireland’s future development

Aodhán Connolly, Director, Northern Ireland Retail Consortium
David Gavaghan, Founder, Aurora Prime Real Estate Ltd
Lynsay Magill, Senior Head of Development, Radius Housing
Louise O’Kane, Planner and Engagement Officer, Community Places
James Orr, Director, Friends of the Earth
1300 Networking lunch and conference close
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Northern Ireland Planning Conference Registration

Discounted rate for local government sector (Councils)

£195
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Discounted rate for voluntary/community sector

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Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities

There are a limited opportunities for exhibition and sponsorship remaining at the Northern Ireland Planning Conference 2019. This annual event attracts the key players involved in the planning system. To find out how your organisation could benefit from partnership with this important event, please contact Fiona McCarthy on 028 9261 9933 or email fiona.mccarthy@agendani.com.

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