08:30  to  09:30
Morning chair's welcoming remarks
09:30  to  09:40
Jonathan Bower. Partner. Womble Bond Dickinson.
What powers are available for land assembly and compulsory purchase?
09:40  to  10:00
  • Powers available via the Planning Act 2008 and development consent orders 
  • Different categories of land
Vicky Fowler. Partner. Gowling WLG.
Successfully managing land assembly alongside wider project development
10:00  to  10:20
  • Land assembly as part of wider project
  • Timelines for the process 
Chris Keenan. Land & Property Director. WSP.
Panel discussion: Learning from COVID-19 - how was the land assembly process impact in 2020 and what are the lessons for 2021?
10:20  to  11:00
  • Adapting for virtual - what has worked and what has not? 
  • What have been the challenges and opportunities? 
  • What will remain? 
  • The use of technology in the land assembly process 
John Galloway. Head of UK Land & Property. Ørsted.
Sarah Collins. Lower Thames Crossing Land & Property Lead. Highways England.
Networking and morning break
11:00  to  11:30
How can technology be used more effectively to support land assembly?
11:30  to  11:55
  • What are the innovations?
  • How can technology help streamline the process?
Adrian Maher. MD. aspireCP.
How to successfully undertake and conduct land referencing
11:55  to  12:20
  • COVID-19 and the impact on land referencing – has it impacted the process?  
  • Identifying those with land rights
  • Timelines – when to start land referencing? 
  • How to record information 
Peter King. Senior Project Manager. TerraQuest.
Morning chair's closing remarks
12:20  to  12:25
Networking lunch
12:25  to  13:25
Afternoon chair's welcoming remarks
13:25  to  13:30
Paul Shadarevian QC. Barrister. Cornerstone Barristers.
Examination and land acquisition: how is land acquisition testing at examination?
13:30  to  13:50
  • Demonstrating need for land 
  • The use of issue specific hearings 
Charles Streeten. Barrister. Francis Taylor Building.
How to implement compulsory purchase powers
13:50  to  14:10
  • When and how to implement powers?
  • Next steps following the DCO being granted  
Simon Mole. Partner. Carter Jonas.
Landowner's perspective of the process
14:10  to  14:30
David Holland. Partner. Squire Patton Boggs.
Calculating compensation and conducting negotiations
14:30  to  14:50
  • Calculating costs and land values 
  • Payment schedules 
Alasdair Lowe. Head of Regeneration and Infrastructure. Glenny.
Networking and afternoon break
14:50  to  15:20
Panel discussion: How to manage skills in the sector and the number of projects coming forward?
15:20  to  15:50
  • Managing a large number of projects coming forward at similar times 
  • Are there currently enough people with the skills needed?
  • Training and attracting people to the sector 
Christopher Simpson. Technical Director. Mott MacDonald.
Simon Harth. Technical Director. WSP.
Panel discussion: lessons and advice on navigating the process
15:50  to  16:30
  • Challenges faced during the process 
  • Lessons learnt and advice 
  • Speeding up the process – what is possible? 
Greg Dickson. Planning Director. Barton Willmore.
Giles Lister. Head of Utilities and Infrastructure Sector. Fisher German.
Chair’s closing remark
16:30  to  16:35
Close of conference and networking
16:35  to  17:00

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