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Big Society: Big idea? The impact of the Localism Bill on planning

Wed 19 Jan 2011

9.45am - 4.30pm

Winckworth Sherwood, London

The Localism Bill is expected to be published by the end of the year. Planning reform is a key component of the Government's "Big Society" initiative. Localism – the idea of decentralising power – is the new agenda. Our conference considers the Bill in the broader context of the Big Society. After an overview by our keynote speaker, CLG Minister Bob Neill, the conference will explore a number of specific issues including the abolition of regional spatial strategies and the introduction of a tax increment financing mechanism. The Bill's impact on major infrastructure projects will be explored along with an analysis of what the IPC has been up to. The conference will conclude with a debate on planning and the Big Society, in which you can share your views with MPs with sharply differing perspectives – a fun and informative way to end the day.

If you are a property developer, a local government lawyer or a planning officer or an infrastructure provider, this conference will prepare you for the latest changes in this fast-moving area. We look forward to welcoming you.


09.45 Registration  
10.15 Introduction Simon Randall CBE
10.30 Overview of the Localism bill Bob Neill MP
11.15 Farewell to IPC: Does it deserve its fate? Richard Bull
11.45 Break  
12.05 The abolition of regional spatial strategies Douglas Edwards QC
12.50 Lunch  
13.50 Localism: Making the system work better, faster, cheaper Marie Nagy
14.35 Tax Increment Financing - A new dawn? Andrea Squires
15.25 Break  
15.45 Debate: Big society - Big idea? Robert Buckland MP
16.30 Reception  


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