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Thank you for joining Women in Planning and CBRE Planning at our Summer Social Event – 13 July

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Summer Social event on the 13 July at CBRE’s beautiful roof top terrace overlooking St. Paul’s. We are very pleased that so many of you made it and of course a big thank you to CBRE for hosting and sponsoring the event.

The event was introduced by Mary Fortune, our Chair of the London Committee.

Alison Tero, a Senior Director in the Planning team, then gave us an introduction to the CBRE’s Women’s Network which is aimed at attracting and retaining talented women across the company with over 1000 members.

Lorraine Hughes, a Senior Director in the Planning team, followed to give us her top tips for a successful career:

  1. Go where you have a genuine interest
  2. Make the most of opportunities
  3. Network lots
  4. Be a team player
  5. Surround yourself with talent
  6. Have the right attitude
  7. Play to your strengths
  8. Be yourself
  9. Keep up to date
  10. Believe in yourself and your projects

We are lucky to be able to share Alison and Lorraine’s slides with you for those of you who could not make it. The slides can be accessed here: Women in Planning

We look forward to seeing you all at our next event!

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NEW EVENT: Women in Planning & CBRE Planning’s Summer Social Event – 13 July

Join Women in Planning and CBRE Planning on the 13 July for our summer drinks event, kindly sponsored and hosted by CBRE.

We will hear from two leading ladies within CBRE’s Planning Team, Alison Tero and Lorraine Hughes who are both Senior Directors and part of CBRE’s Women’s Network in London. Alison will introduce us to the CBRE Women’s Network which spans the whole company and Lorraine will discuss her career journey to her current position.

Following the presentations, there will be plenty of time for networking over refreshments and nibbles whilst soaking in the view from the St Paul’s rooftop.

Places are limited so please reserve your space via the following Eventbrite link to avoid disappointment: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/women-in-planning-cbre-planning-summer-event-2017-tickets-33973076386
We look forward to seeing you on the 13 July!

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Women in Planning Official

We are expanding – Women in Planning North West

We are proud to announce that we are launching a North West network later this year.

We are looking for committee members to assist in delivering the new network.

Women in Planning has a strong reputation for delivering events in London, as well as supporting other like-minded networks.

As a committee member you will be:

  • event co-ordinating
  • sourcing sponsorship
  • managing communications
  • attending bi-monthly meetings (date to TBC)
  • an ambassador for the network.

If you are interested in joining the Committee please email Jill Bell, Alison Mackay and Charlotte Morphet at womeninplanningnorthwest@gmail.com, or via social media (LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook), as we would love to hear from you.

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Limited Tickets Released: Women in Planning & CBRE’s Summer Social – 13 July 2017

Owing to the popular response to next week’s event, limited additional tickets have been released on our Eventbrite page.

Places are limited so please book your ticket via our Eventbrite page to avoid disappointment: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/women-in-planning-cbre-planning-summer-event-2017-tickets-33973076386

We look forward to seeing you all on the 13 July 2017 from 18:30

Events

NEW EVENT: Planners around the World: Experiences of planning across the globe – 19 June 2017 – 18:00

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Date: 19 June 2017

Time: 18:00

Venue: AECOM, Aldgate Tower, 2 Leman St, London E1 8FA

Join us to learn from our panellists about their different experiences of planning from around the world:

  • Sarah Elliot, Planning Practice Lead, AECOM – Event Chair
  • Cynthia Bowen, American Planning Association President
  • Neha Tayal, Lead Urban Designer AECOM and Lecturer, UCL Bartlett
  • Zoe Green, Manager, Urbanisation and Development, PWC
  • Julia Hurley, Projects Officer, Spatial Planning Team, Croydon Council

Thank you to our hosts and sponsors AECOM and the American Planning Association.

Our events are free to attend but booking is essential. Book via the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/planners-around-the-world-experiences-of-planning-across-the-globe-tickets-34513651260

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Housing White Paper: A Step in the Right Direction

The long awaited Housing White Paper (HWP) was published in February 2017. The Paper has been hotly debated since and we are still waiting for the outcome of the consultation.

Alice Lester MBE (Head of Planning, Transport and Licensing at Brent Council), Lorraine Hughes (Senior Director at CBRE), Sara Parkinson (Planning and Development Programme Director at London First) and Rachel Ferguson (Senior Planning Executive at Metropolitan Housing) joined us on the 11 April at Dentons‘ London office to provide their view on the HWP.

Panel

Whilst there are differing views on the HWP’s effectiveness, the panellists provided a useful insight sectors. The panellists largely agreed that, whilst the HWP is not perfect; it is a step in the right direction and it is one of the many steps that is needed to be taken to increase the delivery of homes across the UK. Hughes noted that, “the HWP is going in the right direction. There is a need to understand the barriers and harness the opportunities”.

Planning is not the panacea for housing

From the panellist’s perspective, there is a failure to fully recognise the economics of the situation. Basic supply and demand theory is too simplistic when applied to the housing market as the affordability of housing is not comparable to the affordability of other commodities such as groceries. This is because “people use housing as an investment” therefore bringing housing down to an affordable level could mean negative equity for many people.

The panel considered that the HWP does not appropriately address viability, in particular it lacks clarity on London’s position. The HWP also fails to recognise the gap between policy and available funding which often leads to the delayed delivery of sites. Little attention is paid to the importance of the plan-making stage, and the issues surrounding the Green Belt firmly remains the ‘elephant in the room’.

On the whole, the panel agreed that the answer to deliver significant levels of new homes is too complex to be simply the burden of the planning system alone and as Parkinson commented “Planning is not the panacea for delivering new housing”. The ‘solution’ is much wider and would need to incorporate economic variables, viability, and politics all of which have a significant influence on housing delivery.

Increased Planning Application Fees

Lester welcomed the proposed changes to planning application fees but emphasised that there is still likely to be disparity between the fees and the actual man hours employed by Development Control teams. Major planning applications often end up subsidising householder applications and unless the fees are right an increase of 20% will not make much difference. Lester considered that planning application fees are only one part of a wider problem. The other issues Local Planning Authorities are facing is a clear key skill shortage, especially at principal planner level.

Hughes and Parkinson indicated that their clients and members are likely to pay the suggested increased planning application fees, but only if there were tangible improvements in decision taking. Parkinson said however, that resources were also needed in policy to increase confidence in a plan-led approach.

Speeding up delivery

Whilst the panel accepted that the private sector has a role to play in speeding up delivery of new housing, Housing Associations and Local Authorities also have an important role in the delivering of new homes.

Ferguson noted that her residential delivery rates are often stalled by the time it takes to discharge conditions.  She highlighted that the time taken to clear conditions is often longer than anticipated and this impacts on the commencement date. Lester explained how this is an issue she is trying to address in her current role at LB Brent. Lester holds regular ‘condition workshops’ where officers have to justify use of non-standard conditions and are told to apply conditions with caution.

Summary

The hype around the Housing White Paper remains and there are certainly suggested measures which the built environment industry would welcome as a way to facilitate the increased delivery of new housing. As agreed at the event, the HWP cannot be a standalone mechanism and will need wider support from sectors outside planning in order to meet the housing targets.

We shall await the outcome of the government’s consultation on the paper to understand whether any of the above ideas area common themes within the wider industry.

We are grateful to our panellists for taking part in the event and of course to our sponsor and host, Dentons for their hospitality.

 

Sara Sweeney, Planning Manager at Kitewood

 

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NEW EVENT: Fixing the housing crisis. Is the Housing White Paper the answer?

Join Women in Planning at our first breakfast event on the 11th April in partnership with Dentons.

The much anticipated Housing White Paper was published in February and has been hotly debated ever since, with the Shadow Housing Minister John Healey even calling it “a white flag not a white paper“. What impact will the Housing White Paper have on residential developers, local authorities, housing associations, landowners, and investors?

Join us for breakfast and hear what our distinguished panel have to say about it:

Further panellists to be announced closer to the event.

Booking is recommended and can be done via our Eventbrite page.