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LG Group Conference and Exhibition: Planning for Growth
24 May 2011
Closer working between planning and economic development. A Local Government Group event held at Local Government House, Smith Square, London SW1

Headline Speakers

This conference looked at the reforms to the strategic planning role of councils, their partnerships with business and other key partners and implications for the role of councils to work together to boost growth and build strong local areas.

Cllr Mike Haines, Deputy-Chair, Environment and Housing Programme Board, Local Government Group
Welcome and introduction by morning chair

Greg Clark MP, Greg Clark MP, Minister of State for Decentralisation, Department for Communities and Local Government
Ministerial address

Cllr Gary Porter, Chair, Environment and Housing Programme Board, Local Government Group
Local Government Group response to the Bill

Questions and discussion: Session 1
Panel discussion: Planning for Growth: challenges and opportunities
Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy and External Affairs, British Chambers of Commerce (BCC); Kieran McManara, Chair, Chief Economic Development Officers' Society (CEDOS); Emma Cariaga, Development Director, London Portfolio, Land Securities.

Refreshment break
Cllr Clyde Loakes, London Borough of Waltham Forest Counciland Deputy-Chair, Environemnt and Housing Programme Board, LG Group
Planning for a low carbon economy

Keith Wheaton, Climate Change Officer, South Somerset District Councils
Planning for a low carbon economy

Panel discussion: A cross boundary approach to meeting the housing challenge
Introduction: Mayor Dorothy Thornhill, Deputy-Chair, Environment and Housing Programme Board, Local Government Group. Panel memebers: Jennie Daly, Managing Director, Harrow Estates; Simran Soin, Financial Resources Director, Places For People; Catriona Riddell, Strategic Planning Convenor, Planning Officers Society.

Workshop 1: Community Engagement – even earlier and better than before
Andy Martin, Director, PPS Group

Workshop 2: Building a robust evidence base
Keith Holland, Assistant Director with responsibility for Development Plans, The Planning Inspectorate

Workshop 3: Doing better deals with developers – will localism stimulate more local development?
Rob Bruce, Senior Associate, NABARRO LLP