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Planning & Land Reform Conference 2019
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

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Thu, 21 Mar from
09:00 to 16:30 (BST)


125 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AD


From £219

About The Conference

The availability of land and an effective planning system have a major impact on the ability of housing associations to deliver quality affordable homes and to create high quality environments and communities where people choose to live.

This conference will examine the opportunities that the new Planning Bill and Land Reform provide to increase the supply of affordable housing both now and in the future.

This joint SFHA and SURF conference will look at the new Planning Bill and the work of the Scottish Land Commission and ask, how will these changes affect developing housing associations and can they help us increase the delivery of quality affordable homes?

Delegates at the conference will hear first hand from SFHA on new measures introduced in the Planning Bill that aim to help increase the supply of affordable housing – including a provision for Land Value Capture and a requirement that the National Planning Framework sets a housing target.

There will also be a talk by SURF Chief Executive Andy Milne on the work SURF are doing with the Scottish Land Commission looking at the development of land by communities.


Benefits of Attending

There will also be the chance to hear from experts on

•          Early engagement of communities in plans, especially hard to reach communities

•          The potential of Compulsory Sales Orders to unlock land for housing development

•          Support available to develop better housing schemes including green infrastructure, master planning and the provision of paths to encourage active transport


Costs and How to Book

The delegate fee starts at £219 for SFHA Members (£299 for non members) which includes attendance, lunch and all refreshments.

Save ££s … Discount

Take advantage of our offer and book THREE places and get a FOURTH free! 

The Venue

We are delighted the conference is taking place at 125 Princes Street in Edinburgh, the home of RICS in Scotland. Designed by Michael Laird Architects this is versatile meeting and conference space in the heart of Scotland’s capital offering easy access from all major transport links.

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Member Price £219

Non-member Price £299

Planning & Land Reform Conference 2019 at Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

125 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AD


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Petra Biberbach

Petra Biberbach is Chief Executive of award-winning national charity, PAS. 

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With a career spanning public, private and third sector, Petra brings a wealth of expertise to the post in the fields of planning, sustainable development, renewable energy, community engagement and research.

Petra has lived and worked in continental Europe (Germany & Switzerland) and helped to develop a sustainable tourism business in the Harz National Park in rural Germany.

Petra is serving her second term as a board member of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority and was elected as Convenor of the Planning Committee. She is a trustee of the Scottish Civic Trust, a board member of LINK Group and a non-executive director at Zero Waste Scotland. Petra is also a member of the independent Review of the Scottish Planning System.

Petra has one daughter and one son. She enjoys golf, gardening, cycling, art and singing along to Leonard Cohen!


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Ivan Clark
Scottish Natural Heritage

Ivan Clark is the Placemaking Team Manager at Scottish Natural Heritage

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As an Ecologist and a Charted Town Planner since 2006, Ivan has held a number of roles within SNH and on secondment with local authorities. For many years he led SNH’s contribution to local development plans and in 2016, on secondment, was responsible for the preparation and publication of the South-east Scotland Proposed Strategic Development Plan. He is currently responsible for co-ordinating SNH’s contribution to place-based approaches such as development frameworks and large-scale urban renewal projects. As part of that , he is keen to reach out to new partners to help demonstrate the health and well-being benefits of connecting people and nature and the contribution that nature-based solutions can make to successful places.

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