Surrey Development Forum Annual Conference 2022

Our annual conference, held on the 3rd of November 2022, was a sold-out event including planning consultants and development directors, local authority leaders, chief executives and senior representatives as well the local community and Surrey Wildlife Trust.

The conference highlighted the importance of good consultation and engagement to create a sense of place. It also opened discussion on areas of contention in planning including Surrey’s green belt, achieving biodiversity net gain and meeting Surrey’s housing need.

Agenda for the day

Welcome for Andrew Munton, SDF Chair and Planning Director at Reside Developments

Welcome from Surrey County Council Leader Tim Oliver

Reflections on last year:

Charlie Collins, SDF Planning Lead and Director of Planning at Savills, in conversation with Cllr Matt Furniss, Cabinet Member for Transport, Infrastructure and Economy at Surrey County Council

Central government update from The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Chief Planner Joanna Averley, outlining the direction of travel for the government planning policy changes and the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill

Political keynote speech for Chris Blackhurst, political journalist and former editor of The Independent

Needs of Surrey and Place Ambition panel:
Chaired by Damian Roberts, Chief Executive of Surrey Heath Borough Council

Q&A with Jonathan Lord, Member of Parliament for Woking

Presentation from the charity Make Space for Girls, who campaigns for facilities and public spaces for teenage girls

Keynote Speech from Sam Stafford, Planning Director, Home Builders Federation

Biodiversity Net Gain and Green Infrastructure panel:
Chaired by Vikki Slade, Director of Strategic Advice on Sustainability and Climate Emergency at Cratus and former Leader of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

Good Design Debate:
Chaired by Andy Von Bradsky, Former Head of Architecture at Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

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