Our Events


We organise and sponsor various planning policy events on industry-related topics.


Upcoming events

The Government has embarked upon ambitious reforms both of the planning system and, at the same time, local government structure. A step too far? Perhaps not as proposals for both do seem to complement each other. It is clear, however, that we have to prepare ourselves for a period of upheaval and uncertainty.

We have lined-up a range of speakers to help us dive into the Government’s proposed changes. We are starting with a general update, closely followed by separate briefings on Essex and Surrey, which are set to be in the first waves of local government reforms.

Knight Frank will be our guests and co-presenters at the first event which will take place on Tuesday 29th September at 10am. The event will last 45 minutes and will also include an opportunity to ask questions.

Please click here to register and secure your place. You can also register for our other upcoming events which are:

  • Wednesday, 30th September (10 am) with Strutt & Parker covering impact of the changes on Essex.
  • Thursday, 1st October (10am) with Vail Williams discussing how the reforms will affect Surrey.

For more information about this or other events please contact Kasia Banas at kbanas@chelgate.com.


Previous events


We organised a series of live planning events online in spring this year. You had the opportunity hear directly from council leaders and portfolio holders on what arrangements they had put in place to ensure planning and plan making processes continued amidst the pandemic. These included:


  • Friday, 17th April 2020 (2pm) East Hertfordshire District Council with Cllr Linda Haysey, council leader. A write-up of the event can be found here.
  • Monday, 20th April (11am) Tendring District Council with Cllr Carlo Guglielmi, deputy leader. A write-up of the event can be found here.
  • Wednesday, 22nd April (11am) Epping Forest District Council with Cllr John Philip, portfolio holder for planning.
  • Monday, 27th April (11am) St Albans City and District Council with Cllr Chris White, council leader. A write-up of the event can be found here.
  • Wednesday, 29th April (11am) Maidstone Borough Council with Cllr Clive English, chairman of the council planning committee. A write-up of the event can be found here.
  • Friday, 22nd May (11am) Guildford Borough Council with Cllr Jan Harwood, Deputy Leader and Lead Councillor for Climate Change. A write-up of the event can be found here. 


Last year we ran a number of events including:


Unlocking Growth in Oxford and Oxfordshire: Chelgate Local and Lichfields hosted a breakfast briefing seminar to hear how potential growth in Oxford and Oxfordshire would unlock and managed in the coming years. Speakers include Leader of Oxfordshire County Council and Chief Executive of OxLEP. More details are available here.

Oxford-Cambridge Growth Corridor: In partnership with Bidwells and hosted in Milton Keynes, this breakfast briefing focused on the delivery of housing and infrastructure in the Oxford-Cambridge Growth Corridor. Speakers included Leader of Cherwell District Council and Deputy Leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council.

The impact of an ageing population on housing provision Over 70 attended a breakfast briefing looking at housing for older people with Barton Willmore. The keynote speaker gave a preview on new MHCLG policy and guidance soon to be published. Other speakers included McCarthy & Stone, Retirement Villages, Barton Willmore, Maidstone Council and Ashford Council. Further details can be found here.

The changing role of county councils in local planning We hosted a breakfast briefing seminar on the role of county councils – over 40 people enjoyed a sumptuous breakfast and heard form leading councillors and developers about how things are changing. A write-up of the event can be found here.