Registration and refreshments
08:45 to 09:30
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
09:30 to 09:40
Vicky Fowler. Partner. Gowling WLG.
Powers available for land assembly and compulsory purchase
09:40 to 10:05
- Implications of Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill on compulsory purchase
- Options for land assembly – what powers are available through the Planning Act 2008
- Categories of land and what land can be acquired
- Compulsory purchase and biodiversity net gain
- Ancillary development
Richard Thurling. Legal Director. Gowling WLG.
Managing land assembly alongside your wider project development
10:05 to 10:30
- How to manage the land assembly process
- Timelines for development
- Project management and team needed
Selina Wakeham. Partner. Carter Jonas.
Panel discussion: Timelines for development and speeding up the process – what is needed to support this?
10:30 to 11:10
- Timescales for land assembly and having more certainty for the project
- What does speeding up the NSIP process mean for land assembly? How will it have an impact?
- What further changes and reform is needed?
Sarah Collins. Head of Land, Property and Compensation at Lower Thames Crossing. National Highways.
Morning networking and refreshments
11:10 to 11:40
Conducting land valuation – when and how to establish land value
11:40 to 12:05
- Different factors impacting value
- Estimating costs
Successfully undertaking land referencing: identifying who has land rights
12:05 to 12:30
- Identifying all parties that have land rights
- When to start and what information to record?
- Best practice and risks faced throughout the process
Orla Fegan. Associate Land Consultant. WSP.
Engaging effectively with landowners throughout the process
12:30 to 12:55
- Benefits of early engagement
- How to communicate – when and how to engage
- Changing engagement strategies throughout the process
- Carrying out negotiations
Georgie Harding-Edgar. Land Manager. Vattenfall.
12:55 to 13:55
Landowner’s perspective of land assembly – what are the key concerns of landowners?
13:55 to 14:20
- Engaging effectively with land owners
- What information is required by land owners and when?
Louise Staples. Rural Surveyor. National Farmers Union (NFU).
How is land acquisition tested at examination?
14:20 to 14:45
- Demonstrating need for land
- Issue specific hearings
Alexander Booth KC. Francis Taylor Building.
Calculating compensation and conducting negotiations
14:45 to 15:10
- Calculating compensation
- Budgeting for compensation alongside wider costs
- Establishing payment schedules
Nick Rushton. Director & Head of Infrastructure Compensation. Ardent.
Afternoon networking and refreshments
15:10 to 15:40
The role of technology and digital innovations in transforming the process
15:40 to 16:05
- What technologies are speeding up the process?
Implementation of powers following project approval
16:05 to 16:30
- Next steps following project approval
- Timelines for implementation – when to take possession
- Implication of rising costs on delay to implementation of powers
16:30 to 16:55
- Lessons learnt and advice to developers
- Challenges faced and how to navigate these
Chair’s closing remarks
16:55 to 17:05
Close of conference and networking drinks
17:05 to 18:05