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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Lynsay Magill

Senior Head of Development, Radius Housing

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Lynsay Magil

Senior Head of Development, Radius Housing

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Grant McBurney

Partner, Carson McDowell

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Grant McBurney

Grant McBurney has been a member of the Planning & Environmental Law Team within Carson McDowell since 2005, qualifying as a solicitor in September 2007. Grant is one of the few solicitors in NI to specialise exclusively in the areas of planning and environmental law. In particular Grant advises on waste and contaminated land matters within the team, renewable energy projects as well as providing planning and environmental due diligence support to the Corporate Team. Grant is a member of the Environmental and Planning Law Association of NI, sitting on its committee and is a member of the UK Environmental Law Association. Grant is also a corporate member of Quarry Products Association for Northern Ireland.

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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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Phil Williams

Planning Consultant
Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

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Cristiana Lisopa

CEO, ThemeBucket

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Event Schedule

0830 Registration and morning coffee
0900 Chairman’s welcome and introduction
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
Grant McBurney
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 Wiliams
Planning Consultant, Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales
Planning for energy infrastructure and networks
William Orbinson QC
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

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

Discounted rate for local government sector (Councils)

£195
Conference fee £195 + VAT @ 20% = £234 Buy Ticket

Conference delegate rate

£225
Conference fee £225 + VAT @ 20% = £270 Buy Ticket

Discounted rate for voluntary/community sector

£195
Conference fee £195 + VAT @ 20% = £234 Buy Ticket

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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