Registration and Networking
Chairman’s WelcomeMartin TownsendSustainable Business and Built Environment Consultant
- Environmental Implications
Keynote Mandating Biodiversity – Placing the Environment at the Heart of Development
A major consideration that must be factored in to all new developments is the Government's Biodiversity Net Gain which the Environment Bill will mandate that the delivery of much-needed infrastructure and housing is not at the expense of vital biodiversity and indeed will stipulate that new developments must deliver an overall increase in biodiversity.
Biodiversity net gain requires developers to:
- Ensure habitats for wildlife are enhanced and left in a measurably better state than they were pre-development;
- They must assess the type of habitat and its condition before submitting plans, and then demonstrate how they are improving biodiversity – such as through the creation of green corridors, planting more trees, or forming local nature spaces; and
- And on the rare occasions where green improvements are not possible, developers would need to pay a levy for habitat creation or improvement elsewhere.
Natural Capital Accounting - Measuring, Valuing and Monitoring Natural Capital Assets
Natural capital accounting, the process of calculating the total stocks and flows of natural resources and services in a given ecosystem or region with considerations made to:
- Determining the impact of development, which is essential in defining the No Net Loss standard or baseline;
- The need to understand the value of the natural environment;
- The quantity and quality of natural capital assets; and
- Offsetting - getting it right, understanding local plans.
The Natural Environment an Opportunity not a Hindrance to EIA
- How to deliver effective outcomes that work for the environment, community and developer;
- Looking beyond the effective and efficient application of due process and placing a greater emphasis on what is actually achieved;
- The need to take on a proactive role in exploring enhancement opportunities; and
- How EIA can embrace net gain ambitions and its future challenges.
Refreshments and Networking
- Regenerating Towns and Cities
Town City Urbanisation through Placemaking
- How design and management of the urban form interrelate with the environment;
- Successful urban spaces that are lively, secure and distinctive places that function for the people who use them;
- Creating City Centres that work both Commercially and Residentially; and
- Assessing the site on its own merits.
Masterplanning – Utilising Urban Design to Create Sustainable Places
- The need to understand the relationships between buildings and the spaces they create in between each other;
- Creating spaces and places that influence wellbeing, work and lifestyle;
- Maximising the interaction of systems; Waste, Transport, Energy; and
- The importance of cooperation and collaboration ensuring design meets delivery meets the need.
Greentown: A Detailed Feasible Study for a Future Low-Carbon Town
Prof Mike Page PhD, BA(Oxon)Head of the Centre for Research in Psychology and Sport Sciences, Director, Cube Project, University of HertfordshireJo SouthernwoodEnergy Consultant, Carbon Minded Ltd. and IERC
- Background: the scale of the need for low-carbon housing;
- The Cube Project and its extensions;
- the question
- assumptions and details
- a model house
- the simulation results
Lunch and Networking
- Integrating Infrastructure
Digital Technology and Machine Learning
Mike PittsDeputy Challenge Director - Transforming Construction, Innovate UK
- Data analytics, harvesting and sharing;
- Machine learning and Information services; and
- Creating interconnected infrastructure
District Heating and a Decentralised Energy System
Chris FryDirector, Infrastructure and Regeneration, Ramboll Group
- Evolving the way homes are heated and powered;
- Virtual accounting and blockchain;
- Scaling up district heating capabilities; and
- Maximising the potential of waste heat from industry.
Creating a Layered Approach to Transport
- Creating a sustainable transport mix;
- Defining transport infrastructure needs;
- Maximising traffic flow; and
- Reducing the environmental impacts through design and implementation
Refreshments and Networking
- Delivering the Future Vision
Brownfield First - A City Vision
- Identification of sustainable urban housing sites through brownfield registers;
- Prioritisation of new build on brownfield Sites;
- The importance of design throughout a city region; and
- Building the houses, workspaces and public places that people want to live, work and socialise in.
Managing our Natural Environment
- Investing to enhance natural capital;
- Ensuring wildlife have suitable habitats that help them thrive;
- Improving health and wellbeing; and
- Creating strong communities.
Space to Build in Enfield
The CPRE London - Space to Build project shows the enormous amount of wasted space which could be put to better use in our towns and cities – particularly surface car parks and other car-related infrastructure like garages, petrol stations and even unnecessarily large or wide, or even superfluous roads and roundabouts.
Alice RobertsHead of Green Space Campaigns, CPRE London
- The masterplanning of strategic sites is central to meeting housing needs and tackling congestion and air pollution;
- Transport – improvements to rail network and high density, car-free development; and
- Creating high-density, mixed-use developments that do not rely on green space.
Chairman’s Closing CommentsMartin TownsendSustainable Business and Built Environment Consultant