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Planning – the Big Challenges and Opportunities

As we come up to the end of 2017, Planning TV looks ahead at how we could deal with some of the biggest challenges and opportunities in planning.

Housing has risen to the top of the political agenda, as well as the constant challenge of building the right kind of homes in the right places (which was the title of Government’s white paper that was released earlier in the year). There’s also the perennial issue of under capacity and skills in local planning authorities, which may change once increases in planning fees go up. The increased pressure on space is driving development on brownfield sites that may be potentially contaminated, leading to risks for developers and slowing the rate of housing delivery.

Challenges can also give way to opportunity. Greater density in cities affords new opportunities such as better public transport and more interesting mixes of land use. The way that people live in cities is changing, and so there is no shortage of problems that can be tackled in innovative ways. Alice Lester, Head of Planning at the London Borough of Brent, talks about how local authorities have innovated to build more council housing, whilst balancing housing demand and densification in her part of London.

This episode also features Margot Adele Orr Jones, Masterplanner at Atkins Acuity; and Jennifer Travers and Emma Broad from Dentons Environment and Real Estate teams.

Brought to you by Dentons and Citiesmode it draws on the knowledge of a core panel of experts from across the sector, supplemented with special guests hand picked for their particular expertise. From Greenbelt to Brownfield, national planning policy to local plan-making and everything in between, Dentons Planning TV provides a unique insight into the thoughts of those involved at the sharp end.

Planning TV: Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPO) and Urban Regeneration

The emergence of the Housing White Paper in February 2017 saw increased attention to the role of Compulsory Purchase Orders as a tool for regeneration.

Planning TV spoke to Michele Vas at Dentons to gain a picture of the legal context behind CPOs, the legislation that enables CPOs to happen, and CPO guidance set out the government, outlining proper justifications for the application of CPOs for redevelopment projects.

Tayo Araoye at Westminster City Council spoke to us about CPOs in the Local Authority context and the effective community consultation and engagement processes involved.

We discussed the role of CPO legislation in the NOVA Scheme in Victoria SW1 with Justin Black at Land Securities, a shared vision between Westminster and Land Securities, and how CPO negotiations facilitated engagement with the project.

Brought to you by Dentons and Citiesmode it draws on the knowledge of a core panel of experts from across the sector, supplemented with special guests hand picked for their particular expertise. From Greenbelt to Brownfield, national planning policy to local plan-making and everything in between, Dentons Planning TV provides a unique insight into the thoughts of those involved at the sharp end.

Planning TV: Planning for Healthy New Towns

In more recent times, there has been a refocus on health in planning and how the built environment can encourage better health outcomes. NHS England’s Healthy New Towns Programmes is looking at how the planning and design of communities could be done in 10 demonstrator sites across England, as well as rethinking how health and care services can be delivered. Associated with the programme was an international design competition to visualise how this could be done, which Citiesmode submitted the winning entry.

Philip Liu at Citiesmode talks about some of the ideas from the bid. Andre Pinto from Public Health England explains some of the challenges of delivering health and care services and what solutions that the built environment could provide. They are both joined by Jamie McKie from Dentons Planning and Public Law team.

Brought to you by Dentons and Citiesmode it draws on the knowledge of a core panel of experts from across the sector, supplemented with special guests hand picked for their particular expertise. From Greenbelt to Brownfield, national planning policy to local plan-making and everything in between, Dentons Planning TV provides a unique insight into the thoughts of those involved at the sharp end.

Planning TV: Real Estate and Maximising Space

Brexit, political uncertainty and the growth of online shopping have contributed to uncertainty and change in Britain’s real estate market. On one hand, demand for warehousing and distribution is vastly outstripping supply, whilst retail spaces face the challenges of declining consumer spending and getting enough footfall. This uncertainty has meant that real estate investors have concentrated on maximising the value of the spaces or assets that they currently hold.

Abbey Wiggett from Dentons Real Estate teams talks through the creative opportunities for thinking outside the box, such as creating multiple uses out of space or selling the airspace or sub-soil space of existing buildings. Abbey is joined by Jamie McKie from Dentons Planning and Public Law Team, who discusses how these new developments can often be difficult to navigate through the planning process.

Brought to you by Dentons and Citiesmode it draws on the knowledge of a core panel of experts from across the sector, supplemented with special guests hand picked for their particular expertise. From Greenbelt to Brownfield, national planning policy to local plan-making and everything in between, Dentons Planning TV provides a unique insight into the thoughts of those involved at the sharp end.

Planning TV: Neighbourhood Planning


Neighbourhood planning is a fast-growing aspect of planning in the UK. What is the neighbourhood planning process like, and how do you pass an examination so that you neighbourhood plan becomes a statutory part of the local plan?

Lucy McDonnell from Dentons’ Planning and Public Law Team and Derek Stebbing from IPe give us their advice for neighbourhood planning forums and planners working with forums.

Brought to you by Dentons and Citiesmode it draws on the knowledge of a core panel of experts from across the sector, supplemented with special guests hand picked for their particular expertise. From Greenbelt to Brownfield, national planning policy to local plan-making and everything in between, Dentons Planning TV provides a unique insight into the thoughts of those involved at the sharp end.

Planning TV: Designing Liveable Cities

What are the ingredients for a liveable city? This episode of Planning TV discusses the range of aspects that planners need to look out for. From designing walkability to the socio-economic context of the site, planners also need to ensure that there is connectivity and integration built into their vision. Good project management is also key, but bringing in all public and private stakeholders to be included in design processes right from the beginning.

Joining us for this discussion are Gary Rice, Director at Interpolitan Ltd; Margot Orr, Global Masterplanning Lead at Atkins Acuity; and Jamie McKie from Dentons’ Planning and Public Law Team.

Dentons Planning TV is a new and innovative platform for engaging in and reacting to the latest developments in the dynamic world of planning. Its mission statement is simple: to provoke debate and facilitate engagement at all levels in the planning process.

Brought to you by Dentons and Citiesmode it draws on the knowledge of a core panel of experts from across the sector, supplemented with special guests hand picked for their particular expertise. From Greenbelt to Brownfield, national planning policy to local plan-making and everything in between, Dentons Planning TV provides a unique insight into the thoughts of those involved at the sharp end.

Planning TV: Planning and New Tech

New technologies such as 3D printing have the potential to change the way that planners, urban designers and architects work, by helping them to operate more efficiently and allowing them to show their ideas spatially.

Planning TV’s tech correspondent Kadine James is joined by Jamie McKie from Dentons’ Planning and Public Law Team to talk about new opportunities for public engagement in the planning process.

Kadine also went to Barking Riverside to meet Matthew Carpen, Executive Director of Barking Riverside and to look at the UK’s largest 3D printed masterplan, which shows how a new development is underway to bring over 10,000 new homes to a part of East London.

Dentons Planning TV is a new and innovative platform for engaging in and reacting to the latest developments in the dynamic world of planning. Its mission statement is simple: to provoke debate and facilitate engagement at all levels in the planning process.

Brought to you by Dentons and Citiesmode it draws on the knowledge of a core panel of experts from across the sector, supplemented with special guests hand picked for their particular expertise. From Greenbelt to Brownfield, national planning policy to local plan-making and everything in between, Dentons Planning TV provides a unique insight into the thoughts of those involved at the sharp end.

Planning TV: A Closer Look at Masterplanning in Canada Water


This episode of Planning TV discusses the principles of masterplanning, with an update on the Canada Water masterplan in southeast London.

Joining the discussion are Gary Rice, Director at Interpolitan Ltd; Margot Orr, Global Masterplanning Lead at Atkins Acuity; and Jamie McKie from Dentons’ Planning and Public Law Team.

Dentons Planning TV is a new and innovative platform for engaging in and reacting to the latest developments in the dynamic world of planning. Its mission statement is simple: to provoke debate and facilitate engagement at all levels in the planning process.

Brought to you by Dentons and Citiesmode it draws on the knowledge of a core panel of experts from across the sector, supplemented with special guests hand picked for their particular expertise. From Greenbelt to Brownfield, national planning policy to local plan-making and everything in between, Dentons Planning TV provides a unique insight into the thoughts of those involved at the sharp end.

Planning TV: Tweak CIL


The CIL Review Panel’s long awaited report: A new approach to developer contributions was published in February 2017.  A key recommendation is that the Government should replace the Community Infrastructure Levy with a hybrid system of a broad and low level Local Infrastructure Tariff (LIT) and Section 106 for larger developments.  We will have to wait a bit longer for the government’s response which is expected in Autumn 2017.

We spoke to Roy Pinnock, Partner at Dentons about the review and potential reform of CIL. His view on CIL: tweak it don’t trash it.

Dentons Planning TV is a new and innovative platform for engaging in and reacting to the latest developments in the dynamic world of planning. Its mission statement is simple: to provoke debate and facilitate engagement at all levels in the planning process.

Brought to you by Dentons and Citiesmode it draws on the knowledge of a core panel of experts from across the sector, supplemented with special guests hand picked for their particular expertise. From Greenbelt to Brownfield, national planning policy to local plan-making and everything in between, Dentons Planning TV provides a unique insight into the thoughts of those involved at the sharp end.

Planning TV: What does the election mean for planning

In this episode Derek Stebbing from IPE, Michael Lowndes from Turley, and Jamie McKie from Dentons discuss a range of issues from the Housing White Paper, how Europe may sideline the legislative agenda for planning, the impact on local planning decisions (such as purdah), and a wish list for planning post-election.

Dentons Planning TV is a new and innovative platform for engaging in and reacting to the latest developments in the dynamic world of planning. Its mission statement is simple: to provoke debate and facilitate engagement at all levels in the planning process.

Brought to you by Dentons and Citiesmode it draws on the knowledge of a core panel of experts from across the sector, supplemented with special guests hand picked for their particular expertise. From Greenbelt to Brownfield, national planning policy to local plan-making and everything in between, Dentons Planning TV provides a unique insight into the thoughts of those involved at the sharp end.