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Planning Portal Spring Conference

by on February 17, 2022

The Planning Portal is delighted to be hosting their fourth conference virtually on 25 – 28 April 2022. The Spring Conference will cover the pertinent issues affecting planning and building, both now and into the future.

Super Early Bird tickets are available now until the end of February, for just £75.

Four days of short, sharp take-home presentations from sector-leading speakers and panellists will bring together a wide range of delegates. Business leaders and influencers from across planning and building will discuss four of the most significant topics affecting the industry:

  • Building Safety Programme – The Grenfell Tower Inquiry may still be ongoing, but there have been some big changes in recent months in relation to building safety. We will delve into how the system is changing, and the consequent impact on building designers, planners and local authorities.
  • Urban Regeneration – Urban regeneration can bring back life and prosperity to our towns and cities, and with the impact of COVID on town centres in particular, this has never been more important. We will be exploring the opportunities and challenges of modern urban regeneration and what it means for planning.
  • Retrofit for Net Zero – Aiming, in part, to reach our 2050 net zero economy objectives by reducing carbon emissions from existing homes in the UK would mean retrofitting one million homes every single year for the next 30 years. That’s five times more homes than we currently build and likely ten times the investment behind HS2 according to Antonia Khayatt, Architect and UKGBC Sustainability Consultant (you can read her full article here). We will be looking what this means in practical terms, and what processes need to be implemented to help us reach these extensive targets.
  • The Future of Planning: Local Authority Path Finder Programme – The digital future of planning is something that has been discussed for many years, yet is still just as pertinent today due to its likely effect on all aspects of the planning process. Drilling down into this vast topic, we will be looking at local plans to understand the work of the DLUHC Pathfinder programme and what the future may look like.

If you would like to contribute to the discussions around any of the above topics, please complete our Call for Speakers application form and email it to

The CPD-accredited conference will again be held online, as it is clear that attending physical events is not possible for everyone.

There will be opportunities to network with delegates, speakers and sponsors before and during the conference, as well as plenty of chances for live interaction via polls and Q&A sessions.

All delegates will also get free access to our new Planning Portal Community Hub, an online space for year-round networking, industry insights, news, webinars and thought-leading content. 

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