Hannah David (Chair) - Planning Futures; Anna Rose - PAS; Killian Garvey - Kings Chambers; Ciara Whelehan - LB Brent
Local Development Plans set out a framework for development within a local area addressing needs and opportunities for housing, infrastructure, community facilities and the local economy (whilst also ensuring our environment is protected etc).
This event will focus on the potential impact of Covid-19 on local planning frameworks. Whilst it may take some time before the full long-term effects of the crisis are known, many commentators are predicting lasting changes to how and where we live and work. For instance, some have argued that long term demand for office space in our city centres will decrease, that the decline in the high Street will be accelerated, and that many workers will look to leave crowded and expensive cities such as London.
This may bring about a dramatic change in the underlying assumptions that have informed Local Plans, both published and in process.
This poses many important questions for Local Authorities across the Country and for the development community. This event will therefore explore how Local Authorities seeking to develop fresh strategic policies and/or keeping existing plans under review, should react in the short, medium and long term.
Our panellists will specifically explore how plans should be adapted to reflect:
The impact on Housing Need;
Economic changes within localities due to the downturn in the economy (impacting on viability; affordability etc);
Changing transport priorities