June Chairs Update: RTPI London

Our events in May and June have focused on delivering many of our business as usual opportunities and we are delighted that RTPI London has developed a partnership with Urban Design London to deliver a number of design and policy events.

This year saw RTPI London’s Sixth Annual CIL seminar which was kindly hosted by the GLA and sponsored by Iceni Projects.  One of most popular regular events, this year didn’t disappoint; we heard from some old faces and new, all in front of a packed audience.

We had guest speakers from across the sectors each giving an insight into CIL.  Our speakers also commented on the seemingly increased emphasis that is being placed on development viability in the planning process, not only at a national level with the Spending Review commitment 2015 to standardise our approach to viability but also at a London and local level.

Roger Wand and Kate Johnson from DCLG talked us through the Government’s progress with the CIL Review 2015 and Roger detailed his role in delivering the Spending Review commitment 2015.  Next we heard from Neil Lees of TfL who were delighted to invite back to provide us all with an update on CIL in London.  Neil heads up the Planning Obligations team at TfL.  Interestingly, Neil also spoke about the success of collecting funds key in the delivery of Crossrail 1 in 2018 and also the options for the new Mayor in using CIL to fund Crossrail 2.  Rob Krzyszowski from Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea then spoke from a borough perspective/reflection on CIL, and its interaction with s106 obligations, and general approach to viability.  The last of our panel presentations came from David Van Der Lande from Iceni Projects who has recently joined the company setting up a new delivery and viability team.  Speaking as a practitioner David brought a private practice view to the discussions about the likely impact of future changes to CIL and recent legal challenges associated with development viability, and what this all means for delivery on the ground.

The continuing work with a number of interprofessional institutes / organisations, saw a debate on the EU Referendum, asking the question around the impact of the referendum on the built environment in London. With the vote only days away, you can relive the event at: http://www.newlondonarchitecture.org/programme/videos/2016/may-2016/eu-referendum-briefing-with-the-built-environment-industry .

Our Planning Law update was held on the 8th June, kindly hosted by Pinsent Masons. This annual event didn’t disappoint. Together with updates on the National Infrastructure regime following on from our CIL event the coverage of the Estates Gazette article on CIL was noted. According to the EG, CIL is going to be significantly stripped back following the CIL review panel. The proposal is for a national base tax on new development. More details are to follow and it is expected to be discussed in Parliament after the summer recess.

On the Housing and Planning Act, Permission in Principle (PiP) is set to be incredibly advantageous for land value uplift, disposals and development investment. There is however a significant lack of detail which is expected to come through regulations. This is the same for starter homes as the definition of price caps can change and there can be restriction on age and nationality. Enforcement of these restrictions is however unclear.

Our events calendar is packed and we’re looking forward to the following events.

  • Brown Bag Breakfast Event – The New EIA Directive, One Year till Lift Off: Temple Group, Wednesday 29th June,
  • My City Too, Tuesday 5th July, City Hall.
  • 3D Planning, Technology and Planning, Hobs Studio, Thursday 7th July,
  • RTPI London Football Tournament, Date TBC

Furthermore we are actively developing our October planning summit, on Thursday October 27th (Save the date). Watch this space for more details.

As ever there is lots going on. Please get in touch with any questions / suggestions. London@rtpi.org,uk


Andrew Dorrian (RTPI London Chair).

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