Promoting and enhancing best practice and technical expertise

International Summit: Delivering Land Assembly - UK Dilemmas, Global Solutions

COVID restrictions mean we cannot meet face to face in London this March as originally planned. Instead, we have converted the event into a virtual conference. The programme has been reviewed, updated and re-packaged into five different sessions, partly to reflect limitations on “screen time” and to take account of different time zones; but also to incorporate more panel and Q&A time - something that works so well in the virtual format. All sessions remain topical and are relevant to the aim of exploring legislation to develop best practice whilst focusing on the need to deliver housing, commerce, modern services and infrastructure, and regenerate towns and cities globally.    

Start Date Venue Price  
20 April 2021 Book All 5 Virtual Sessions £350 BOOK

Note: All prices are to be paid in GBP and are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate

Event duration: 8 CPD Hours.
Registration from: 15.55 (GMT). Event starts at: 16.00 (GMT). Event finishes at: 17.30 (GMT) except session 4 which finishes at 18.00 (GMT).

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Speakers are Embedded in the Programme Below


Re-purposing and Re-Vitalising Town Centres - Getting from A to B:

But where do we seek to go, and how do we get there?

Session 1 - Tuesday 20 April 2021 (16.00 - 17.30)

Chair: Colin Smith, Senior Director, CBRE Ltd 


Virginia Blackman, Principal, National Head Site Assembly & Compulsory Purchase, Avison Young.

More panellist speakers to be confirmed.

A - What are the problems with towns

B - What is the future with towns

C - How do we get from the problem to the solution?

  • The future of many UK town centre is precarious.
  • COVID has accelerated change with closure of many traditional retail businesses; for many, shopping online has become the norm. Coupled with reduced footfall from home working and the closure of leisure and hospitality, many shopping areas have become depressing unattractive localities.
  • Can we live without the High St? Can we live without the traditional office? Can ‘bricks and mortar’ retailers and property investors reclaim lost ground.
  • Even Pre COVID, some local authorities were seeking to re-purpose their town centres. Local Authorities need to act as a catalyst for inward investment and visionary planning to create go to destinations for modern life, work, retail and play. Municipal authorities need to attract populations, visitors and investors to avoid them migrating to neighbouring towns and centres.
  • There is a need for collaboration from a multitude of professionals, where those that own, advise upon, and manage property; those that acquire and fund transactions; those that assemble land - whether by negotiation or compulsory purchase; and those that secure tenants – all are needed to procure the town centres of the future.

Panel Debate on the practicalities of delivery, engaging and making a living in the new world

Acquiring Land and Rights for Public Projects in the UK, USA and Canada

Process projects and approach to compensation

Session 2 - Monday 26 April 2021 (16.00 - 17.30)

Chair: Peter McCrea FRICS FCIArb, Surveyor Member, Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)


UK Overview: Meyric Lewis, Barrister, Francis Taylor Building

US & Canada Overview: Gordon E. MacNair SR/WA AACI P.AppPresident, MacNair Consulting Ltd; Past President of IRWA

An Operator's View: Mark Gillard, Head of UK Project Development - Offshore, Ørsted

Devising a scheme involves identifying the need, and the land, and building a business case. Then comes the hard part - how do you acquire the rights – what do you need? Do you need additional land temporarily to build the project, and how do you obtain the land and rights for the project?

We travel to North America and hear about issues that arise in Canada and the USA, Mark Gillard will give us an operator’s view of schemes Orsted are building in North America, the far East and the UK. Meyric Lewis will explain the challenges for UK promoters.

The group will then weight the strengths and weaknesses in these respective jurisdictions. Can we codify a best practice regime that could be adopted as a universal template for land assembly? 

  • Acquisition Processes and Procedures in the UK
  • "Compelling case the public interest"
  • Human Rights
  • UK compensation provisions
  • Rights to compensation in the USA and Canada
  • “Public use” and Kelo v. City of New London
  • What happens when there has been no physical taking and condemnation has not been instituted?
  • Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in North America and methods to streamline approval processes
  • Indigenous peoples’ rights in Canada
  • Resource information
  • Review of Ørsted schemes in North America, the Far East and UK

Panel Debate with Q&A's

Land Value Capture and Property Tax:

Who should "grab" land value? The good, the bad and the greedy!

Session 3 - Wednesday 26 May 2021 (16.00 - 17.30)

Chair: Paul Sanderson JP LLB (Hons) FRICS FIRRV, President, International Property Tax Institute 


UK LVC - The grab of land value - the good, the bad and the greedy Richard Harwood OBE QC, Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers

UK LVC - Politics, lobbying and the development industry collide - Karen Hamilton, Partner, Brodies LLP

A Landowners Viewpoint - Fenella Collins BSc (Hons) MSc MRICS, Head of Planning, Country Land and Business Association

LVC Around the World - Vince Magioni, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Education Faculty of Design Architecture and Building, University of Technology, Sydney

There is an assertion that LVC is an effective way to extract land value for community and regeneration use. Whilst there are undoubted benefits, there are downsides also. Some Governments have shied away from its introduction, while others have introduced LVC measures - with varying levels of success. 

But is that about to change? With mounting COVID debt affecting every country, might governments now see LVC as an attractive and compelling option? 

History has taught us that previous attempts by the UK Government to introduce development taxes simply resulted in a hiatus of projects coming forward. The property industry is not one that keeps on giving! 

This session will focus on mechanics and viability of LVC and its impact on the property market.

Panel Debate with Q & A's

Practical Land Acquisition - A Focus on Valuation and Compensation

Issues from the USA, Canada, Australia and the UK

Session 4 - Tuesday 22 June 2021 (16.00 - 18.00)

Chair: Richard GuyattPartner, Womble Bond Dickinson 


Canada - Sandy Grigg SR/WA, Infrastructure Real Estate Professional, D.A. Grigg Consulting; Past President of IRWA, Philip Smith FRICS AACI PLE, Executive Vice President (Research, Valuation, Advisory), Altus Group Limited, John S Doherty, Partner - Leader of the National Expropriation Law Group, Gowling WLG

USA - Randy A. Williams MAI SR/WA, Executive Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle; Past President of IRWA and Kristina Silcocks, Special Counsel, Foley & Lardner LLP

Australia - John Gunthorpe, Director, CBRE Ltd and Dr. John Sturgeon SR/WA, Discipline Leader, The University of Queensland, Principal, Sturgeon Consulting Group

UK - Jonathan Stott MRICS, Managing Director, Gateley Hamer; Raj Gupta BA (Hons) CPE, Partner, Town Legal LLP

History helps understand how we have got to the present. Each of these countries started out, by and large, with British law and practises built into their DNA. But as sovereign states they diverged from that common base and created their own unique systems. 

In this session, we are interested in comparing their current valuation and compensation systems for land assembly – who does what; and does the common ancestry still underpin what each does? But more importantly, can each country system be enhanced by embracing working practices from others? Is it conceivable we can bring together the best from each of these leading developed countries - with a common heritage - and forge a common practice alliance for land assembly?

Panel Debate with Q & A's

Strategic Planning for Future Infrastructure Needs 

Session 5 - Tuesday 29 June 2021 (16.00 - 17.30)

Chair: Victoria Hills MRTPI FICE, Chief Executive, Royal Town Planning Institute


Amanda Clack, Head of Strategic Advisory, CBRE Ltd; Past President of RICS 

Bridget Rosewell CBE MA MPhil FICE, Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission 

Ian Lindsay, Director, aspireCP

  • Governments are investing in infrastructure.  Why?
  • Infrastructure has the power to drive social change, create jobs, support businesses, improve the environment and create a better world in which to live.
  • The human population continues to grow. Resilient and effective infrastructure is central to supporting rapid urbanisation.
  • Aging infrastructure is holding back economic growth.  Whilst investing in infrastructure enables it.  UK statistics suggest that there is almost a 300% return of investment.
  • How do we enable and maximise delivery?

Looking at the Trends and Drivers

  • The economic imperative
  • Decay and renewal are core drivers
  • Smart living, smart working - What will the future cities look like? How do we plan them?
  • Work/live in the community -v- commuting
  • The 15 minute walkability rule
  • Refocusing communities and economic strategies
  • Buildings and infrastructure built now - are they fit for the future? 
  • The ripple Effect from the core development

The Challenges of Planning for the Long Term in the Changing Times

  • Bringing together spatial planning and infrastructure
  • Handling macro uncertainty and the Commission's approach to the next National Infrastructure Assessment

Using Transport as the Magic Ingredient

  • The value of transport hubs
  • Footfall as drivers for increased rents and investment
  • Maximising space - building above and below

Panel Debate with Q & A's