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Thursday 31st May

How can we effectively manage negotiations with statutory planning consultees?

Venue: RICS, Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AD

Time; 7.45 - 10.15am

The chance of obtaining a successful planning outcome within the statutory timescales are becoming more remote by the day.


As planning departments become overstretched to manage the process and the need to consider an ever-growing range of criteria from external consultees, our expert panel will demonstrate how will can manage this process effectively:


  • Who is it that we are consulting with?

  • When is the best time to consult?

  • What do we need from the client?

  • How do we manage the risk?

  • Is the process broken and if so how do we fix it?


Kathy Bagster 

Kathy Bagster is a construction professional with a background in mechanical engineering. She has spent the last 20 years managing projects, writing and assessing bids, tenders, PQQ’s and expressions of interest for clients, design consultancies and main contractors.

She has worked in a number of sectors including education, commercial and healthcare, and has a clear understanding of client and stakeholder drivers to ensure a tailored solution is both adopted and delivered.

She has recently been working on a number of complex education schemes for client bodies which has involved detailed negotiations with statutory bodies, in particular Sport England and the Environment Agency in order to ensure timely outcomes in terms of the planning application for these projects.

Simon Boots
Simon joined CampbellReith in 2001 and has over 25 years’ experience in the design and supervision of infrastructure projects from small housing estates through to major masterplanning projects.
Simon has an extensive background in Sustainable Drainage (SuDS) and flood risk assessments and is an active steering group member on a number of CIRIA’s technical and research panels, including The SuDS Manual (C753), Susdrain and Integrated Water Management. 
Emma Andrews
Porta Planning

Emma is a chartered town planner and chartered surveyor, with over 25years experience in providing commercially-driven planning advice. As the former head of the London Planning Team at BNP Paribas Real Estate and, before that, head of London Planning at Fuller Peiser, she has an extensive track record of advising clients on planning-led strategies to optimise the value of their estate and to deliver projects. This involves understanding the commercial reality of schemes and leading or working as part of a multi-disciplinary team to secure the necessary consents.

David Pugh

David Pugh is an experienced and successful public affairs professional, drawing on his many years of frontline political involvement locally and nationally – including extensive participation in education and planning issues.


As Leader of the Isle of Wight Council between 2007 and 2013, David oversaw major transformational change in the field of education; abolishing middle schools and introducing the national primary-secondary system. With the structure being remodelled to cater for new age ranges, this process involved consulting with local communities and securing planning consent for extensions to existing schools, new builds and utilising capital receipts from surplus school sites.


For the past five years, David has worked as a public affairs consultant, supporting a wide range of clients in navigating through local political and community issues to secure planning consent in a timely manner. This has included work for a leading UK theme park, a major pension fund, a religious organisation and various housebuilders. Through Facultas Associates, David is currently working with a leading public school in support of its plans for developing new sports facilities.

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