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

Every country has unique challenges in the modern world. The successful delivery of housing, modern services and infrastructure, regenerating city and town centres, as well as business communities, all are common ambitions and in every case, the acquisition of land and rights are the vital ingredients. Each country and each scheme also has a unique set of dilemmas with the potential to frustrate and disable and whilst no one country has the magic ingredients to overcome such obstacles, we can learn and potentially find solutions from the global market place. The key is to understand what solutions work in different jurisdictions and then consider whether the solutions can be readily applied elsewhere. This is how best practice evolves and matures and this event will focus on this worldwide. It will unquestionably be of value for practitioners wherever they might be based. 

Full Conference Package: 2 Day Conference and Evening Reception
Start Date Venue Price  
24 March 2020 EY, Gowling WLG LLP, House of Lords, London, (2 Day Full Package) £650 BOOK

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

Event duration: 11-12 CPD Hours.
Registration from: 09.00 on both days. Event starts at: 09.30 on both days. Event finishes at: 16.30 on Day 1, with the Reception starting 18.30, and finishing at 20.30. Day 2 Event finishes 17.45.

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Day 1 - Tuesday 24 March 2020
09.30 - 16.30

Acquiring Land and Rights For Public Projects - Compare and Contrast with North America and Elsewhere

Session Chair: Peter McCrea

Speakers: Meyric Lewis; Gordon MacNair; Mark Gillard

  • Acquisition Processes and Procedures in the UK
  • The compelling public test
  • Compulsory Purchase Orders
  • Development Consent Orders
  • Transport and Works Orders
  • Hybrid/Private Bills in Parliament
  • Compensation provisions
  • Other powers from around the globe
  • What constitutes a "public use" project? The principle in Kelo v. City of New London
  • The power of Quick Take
  • Human Rights considerations in the US and UK
  • Bailiff powers
  • How the client often has conflicting objectives when it comes to acquiring land and rights
  • How such objectives have different weighting in varying countries

Land Value Capture and Property Tax Burdens: The Grab of Land Value - The Good, The Bad and the Greedy

Session Chair: Paul Sanderson 

Speakers: Richard Harwood OBE QC; Karen Hamilton; Fenella Collins

  • Various LVC schemes around the world
  • Making unviable schemes viable 
  • Does LVC work?
  • Why LVC doesn't always work?
  • Strengths, weaknesses, unintended consequences
  • What are the success ingredients?
  • Who should pay for the new infrastructure?
  • Are developers and landowners already paying?
  • Is LVC fair and equitable?
  • Maximising the commercial value of the development
  • TIFF

Project Review: 2012 London Olympics and East London Regeneration

Session Chair: Rebecca Clutten

Speakers: Rosanna Lawes; Colin Cottage; James Pereira QC

  • Review of London 2012
  • The remit, priorities, legacy
  • Pushing the boundaries of best practice
  • Stresses & strains and lessons to avoid on other major schemes
  • Land Assembly: How did it go?
  • Compensation: What can be done better? 

Land Acquisition and Valuation Issues from a Canadian Perspective 

Session Chair: Richard Guyatt

Speakers: Sandy Grigg; Philip Smith; John S. Doherty

  • How the projects are funded and procured
  • The typical land acquisition programme
  • Working with institutional (and other types of) owners
  • Land Value Capture in action
  • The landowner's perspective - what does best practice look like?
  • What could acquiring authorities do better?
  • Lessons for the UK
18.30 - 20.30

Boat to the Palace of Westminster for the House of Lords Drinks Reception - Hosted by Lord Lytton

Day 2 - Wednesday 25 March 2020

09.30 - 17.45

How is Compensation Dealt with in the US and Australia 

Delivering and Assessing Compensation in the UK - The Emergence of Independent Valuations

Session Chair: Jonathan Stott

Speakers: Randy A. Williams; John Gunthorpe; Dr. John Sturgeon; Colin Smith

  • The role and key provision in the US Uniforms Relocation Act 1970 - preventing promoters manipulating land value and paying less
  • Valuation Principles and values
  • The role of the UK 1961 Land Compensation Act in creating compensation values
  • Valuers should not be negotiators
  • The consequences of not getting it right the first time
  • CPA proposals for reform

Heathrow Expansion 

Session Chair: Angus Walker

  • The need
  • The challenges
  • The approach towards engagement and negotiating in the DCO world
  • Can the DCO process be brought to other land acquisition regimes?
  • Future processes

Future Infrastructure Needs for Cities - How Land Needs Will Vary in the Future 

Session Chair: Victoria Hills

Speakers: Amanda Clack; Bridget Rosewell CBE; Gordon MacNair; Randy A. Williams

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
  • Refocusing communities and economic strategies
  • Buildings and infrastructure built now - are they fit for the future? 

Planning for the Future:

  • Strategies of the National Infrastructure Commission
  • New urbanisation, community growth strategies and opening up land for use
  • The role of private enterprise with state initiatives

Challenges for UK Cities:

  • Panel Debate

Case Study: Land Assembly to Deliver Major Transport Schemes - HS2 -v- Non UK Projects

Session Chair: Adrian Maher

Speaker: Michael Eckett; Simon Pearce

  • Is it a railway or regeneration scheme
  • Justification
  • Consenting arrangements
  • Challenges
  • Commercial exploitation to satisfy project funding
  • Engagement
  • Compelling case
  • Eminent Doman -v- CPO -v- Acquisition by Agreement 
  • What can the UK learn for the future?
  • What is the UK direction of travel?