Facilitating Sustainable Regeneration through Local Development Planning & Collaborative Development Strategies

Tuesday 9 November:

Sessions One & Two: Facilitating Sustainable Regeneration through Local Development Planning & Collaborative Development Strategies


Brownfield regeneration is a key driver of sustainable urban development, and bringing vacant, derelict and contaminated brownfield sites back into use can realise a number of environmental, net zero impact and social value goals. Recent changes to the planning system and the inclusion of net zero ambitions in local development plans can help drive action, however there is a need for greater collaboration and “joined-up thinking”, as well as effective funding mechanisms, in order for the brownfield sector to truly enable and deliver sustainable development solutions. These sessions will bring together Local Authorities with developers and planning & development consultants to discuss how this can be achieved.  

The Networking Lounge open to enable you to meet with other attendees and catch up before the Summit presentations begin
Opening Keynote on Sustainability in Regeneration 

Marcus Adams, Managing Partner, JTP LLP
Update on the Planning Bill and its Implications for Local Development Planning
  • Reviewing new planning policy direction - key objectives and timescales:

    • the outcome of local authority consultation

  • Assessing the implications of new planning regulation for brownfield regeneration and meeting net zero ambitions:

    • how can the planning system truly drive sustainable development and increased social value?

    • integrating biodiversity and nature-based solutions into planning

    • what other reforms are needed to assist in achieving these aims eg local authority resources and funding, land disposal  

  • Exploring how the aims and objectives of the Environment Bill will be embedded into new Planning reforms  

Claire Petricca-Riding, Partner and National Head of Planning and Environmental Law, Irwin Mitchell LLP

Exploiting the Availability and Use of Geospatial Data to Enable Innovation & “Joined-Up Thinking” in Local Development Planning & Facilitate Sustainable Regeneration
  • Outlining the projects that the Geospatial Commission are currently running to better understand land use and site development potential:

    • regional pilots in the National Underground Assets Register Programme

    • land use data pilot

    • bringing together housing datasets

    • publication of an independent planning and housing landscape review

Embedding Sustainability into Regeneration and Local Master Planning Policies, Strategies and Practices

Pat Hayes, Managing Director, Be First
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Bringing Life to Large-Scale Brownfield Sites - Development Perspective
  • Identifying the drivers for, and barriers to, choosing a site for development:

    • managing the challenges of land availability (size, location)

  • Effectively dealing with contamination and legacy issues - remediation as part of the bigger development picture

  • Embedding sustainability goals into development plans

  • Achieving successful collaboration between local authorities, developers, and other stakeholders to increase delivery and achieve sustainability goals

Peter Henry, Regional Director, Harworth Group

Panel Discussion on Funding & Support Available to “Unlock” Sites & Facilitate Urban Brownfield Regeneration
  • Exploring the sources and mechanisms of funding available for brownfield and contaminated land redevelopment and urban regeneration and how to access them

  • Detailing the One Public Estate Programme and how it is supporting councils to regenerate brownfield sites 

  • Leveraging opportunities for developers to achieve Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) through development and other schemes

  • Optimising potential benefits through partnerships and collaborative development proposals 


Patricia Willoughby, Head of Policy - Housing and Regeneration, West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)

Paul Shelley, Divisional Director, Hydrock

Effectively Managing & Mitigating Environmental Liability for Contaminated Sites
  • Identifying likely current and future liabilities and associated costs

    • what are the key factors affecting these

    • exploring liability under the “Polluter Pays” Principle

    • to what extent can a landowner protect themselves against future contamination liability?

    • how can the choice of remediation technologies impact and influence the future liability of a site?

  • Examining mechanisms for transferring environmental liability to enable regeneration of contaminated sites 

  • Exploring opportunities for contaminated land to facilitate sustainable land use and be re-purposed for projects such as renewable energy: clarifying the extent to which land use change is permitted / enabled under current planning policy 

Paul Hesketh, Technical Director: Closure Planning & Regeneration, Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

Anna-Maria Sexton, Liability Manager, Remediation Management, BP 

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Session One

Session Two