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Site Finding 2021

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Site Finding & Development

The 2021 UK Site Finding & Development Conference has now launched, expect some key discussions and vital information on best practice

Site Finding Event Update

Expecting a large audience at our Site Finding Event - guidance on best practice to find land, get planning and develop....


The conference takes place on Wednesday 29th September 2021 at the Cavendish Conference Centre, London W1

This event offers a chance to be completely updated on the current Land, Development & Site Finding markets and hear guidance on where to logically look for sites and learn where the current opportunities are. An experienced line up of development market experts provide advice on where to find sites and how to work with them and their vendors, and offer crucial updates on the current Residential Development Process as a whole.

There is detailed viability and planning advice, information on how to work with certain types of site and strategic land, and how to bring a site through the construction & development process, as well as guidance on sales, Build to Rent and exit strategies for development projects. We also look at s106 and planning reforms, plus how to structure land deals and avoid common mistakes.

We’re expecting this to be very popular as always, and it’s a chance to be completely updated on the market, cross off some CPD, and network with the leading players in the development sector. It should be a very worthwhile day.


Conference Timetable


Chairmans Introduction and Welcome
Andy Leahy, Managing Director, Bespoke Property Group
How is the UK Housing Market performing and what are the projections moving forward?
What positives can be found from Covid and what is likely emerge over the coming months?
How is the Resi Development market performing regionally & where are the opportunity areas in both the sales and rental markets?
How is the new build market performing when compared to second hand markets?
What are First Homes and what does the policy mean for developers?
What are we expected from the effects of Brexit & other Government policies?
Grainne Gilmore, Head of Residential Research, Zoopla
Where is the next site coming from?
Where should developers be looking for the next strategic site?
How can Strategic Land be promoted?
Understanding brownfield, industrial and employment sites and what might become available next. The most logical places to look for development land when considering current legislation
Nick Ireland, Director, Iceni Projects

Update on Trends in the Land Market across the UK
Who is buying what and where across the country?
Where are the opportunities for land acquisition in London & the regions?
How is the land market evolving to suit Alternative Residential uses such as Student Housing & Retirement Living and where is the opportunity?
Lucy Greenwood, Director - Residential Research and Consultancy, Savills

Questions for Grainne,
Nick & Lucy

How has the Site Finding and Land Acquisition Process Evolved and where is it going?
Are there really any real ‘off-market’ development opportunities in the modern market?
Where & how should a developer be looking for land in 2020?
What is the future for the Site Finding and where does technology fit in?
How can a land buyer secure robust and accurate data?
Why are partnerships & JVs with public land now crucial?
Paul Higgs, CEO, Millbank Land
Thomas McAlpine, Director, Addland
Joe Welch, Director, Urban Intelligence
(10 minutes per speaker followed by questions)

Conference Interval

Joint Ventures between the Public & Private Sectors – why is there so much interest in this market?
What do those look to Invest with Local Authorities and Housing Associations need to know?
Where are the partnership opportunities & what kind of delivery volumes are realistically possible?
New Partners & New Vehicles – Attracting New Investment & Innovation and the role it plays in Future Delivery of Housing
Understanding how Private Sector Investment with Local Authorities and Housing Associations is important to helping delivery goals
How can the needs of both the investor and the Local Authority or Housing Association best be married together?
How much private investment has there been into Affordable Housing in the UK?
What is the long-term investment capacity of this market and where do we see the growth areas?
Panel Session – A modern collaborative Approach to Delivering Housing
How can Private Developers, Local Authorities & Public Sector Land Owners work together?
Where are the land opportunities for developers and what sort of sites are available?
What kind of public sector land is available and how can developers partner to deliver on such sites?
Understanding public sector land disposals, corporate land owners and institutional land
What is the appetite for joint ventures and how should both parties approach this?
What kind of collaborations are Private Sector Developers looking for?
How do developers view the current land market? Where are we with prices and what is the appetite to JV with land owners?
What is the real future of the housing market? How do private sector developers & local Authorities see future delivery?
Where do Build to Rent and for sale development fit?
What kind of approach are local authorities taking to Build to Rent and similar evolving products?
How can we make larger regeneration happen and what are the parties looking for from each other?
Barbara Brownlee, Executive Director of Growth, Planning and Housing, Westminster City Council
Kathryn Pennington, New Projects Director, Vistry Partnerships
Elaine Olphert, Head of Housing Delivery, Bristol City Council
Nicholas Harne, Head of Housing Strategy, Hull City Council
Andy Leahy, Managing Director, Bespoke Property Group (Panel Chair)

The different ways of structuring a land or development deal and what we need to know in the current Resi Development Market.
Which structures are best used when? Where do JVs fit in and what options are there?
What are the emerging trends and how can a developer ensure they have the best possible agreement in place?
Laura Gowing, Senior Associate, Dentons

Conference Interval

Getting the Viability Process Spot On – why is it so important?
Understanding both the Developer and Local Authority perspective – what is the best approach?
Looking at housing supply and site planning 
How to work with the local authority to get things right
How are the NPPF and the NPPG affecting the ‘existing use value versus market value’ debate?
Will Seamer, Partner, Montagu Evans
A Planning Update – all the key issues with Resi Development Planning & the new White Paper
How to get through the process as easily and efficiently as possible to get a development built.
Permitted Development Rights – where are we?
Planning Appeals – what trends are we seeing?
What other bits of recent legislation do developers need to be aware of?
Claire Dutch, Partner - Co Head of Planning, Ashurst

A Best Practice guide for Developers - Optimising Site Density through good planning & using current legislation
How to get the best possible scheme onto a site – what do developers need to know in 2021? How can this be best accomplished?
What is happening with building density and where are the key locations?
Felicie Krikler, Director, Assael Architecture & Ben Channon, Head of Wellbeing, Assael Architecture
Getting your development built on time and on budget – what you need to know
Capacity, Cost and Efficiency – how do we get the process right?
How can the industry fully embrace digital cost management?

Will digital technology completely change the way homes are built, and the way the process is managed and delivered? How far are we in the process?
When will off site manufacture and modular construction be cost effective?
Where will we be in ten years and what is the potential of the technology?
Rob Littlewood, Director, Cast Consultancy
Questions for Will, Claire, Felicie, Ben and Rob
Close of Conference 





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