From your ADEPT President

Following hot on the heels of the Industrial Strategy Green Paper, the Government published its long-awaited Housing White Paper this month. For ADEPT members, place-making is at the heart of the housing challenge. Creating the necessary social and physical infrastructure is about more than just numbers, it’s about creating communities that can thrive and prosper. We welcomed the Government’s recognition of the importance of local leadership. We will be responding to this consultation (more on this below).
This month I met with the new Chief Executive and Director of Major Casework at the Planning Inspectorate; and the Chief Executive at CIHT. Both useful meetings, with many areas of mutual interest. I hope that some of you are able to attend one of the National Infrastructure Commission’s national infrastructure assessment workshops (details on the ADEPT website). There’s also a joint workshop between ADEPT, CEDOS and DCLG on ‘The Future of Local Growth’ and alternative funding models on 10 March.
As you know, ADEPT operates a unique system of technical working groups, subject and sub-national boards that work to support members through sharing best practice and technical expertise, facilitating strategic thinking and providing networking opportunities. The chair of the national RoW Group recently resigned, and I understand there is some debate locally around the future of the group. Can I take this opportunity to stress how valuable the ROW group (and other working groups) is to ADEPT, and that I hope that the group continues to flourish.
As always, please get in touch if you have any queries.

Rupert Clubb
ADEPT President

Parliamentary Roundup

To read the Parliamentary update please click here.
Click here for the Parliamentary monitoring.
Click here for the Consultation tracker.
Brexit update

To read the update please click here.

Please remember that if your council or LEP submits a written response to the LGA’s call for information about the local impact of Brexit, please ensure that a copy is sent to Hannah Bartram and David Dale at ADEPT.
Housing White Paper launch- ADEPT's initial comments

To read what ADEPT’s Planning, Housing and Regeneration (PHR) Board Chair, Peter Geraghty, had to say please click here. The PHR Board will be co-ordinating the ADEPT response, and will be discussing the White Paper at it's meeting on the 10th March.
NIC Workshops

Inter Urban & International Transport
Where: Central Birmingham (venue TBC)
When: 10am – 4pm, 14th March 2017
To find out more click here.

Digital Communications
Where: Central London (venue TBC)
When: 10am – 4pm, 23rd March 2017
To find out more click here.

Water Management
Where: (venue TBC)
When: 24th March 2017

If you are interested in attending, please email

Ringway Lone Workers benefit from Personal Safety Devices

Ringway have been investigating ways to protect their lone workers and keep them safe particularly with regards to verbal or physical abuse from members of the public or in case of a medical emergency.
Following an extensive investigation trailing various mobile devises and tools, the Skyguard lone worker device was selected. To read more click here.
ADEPT Board updates

This month the following Boards and Groups met: After your board has met please can you send a brief update to Laura Newcombe on so it is available for the newsletter.
Membership renewal/recruitment letters

It is that time of the year again...time to renew your ADEPT membership! Membership renewal and recruitment letters will be going out via email in the next few weeks. If you are concerned that your contact details for your Local Authority or LEP are not up to date please let Laura Newcombe know on

Thank you for your continued support to ADEPT and we look forward to working with you over the next year.
Board Members – National Park Authorities and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Conservation Boards

Would you like to play a leading role in conserving and enhancing the natural beauty and special qualities of our most treasured landscapes?

To find out more click here.
Flood & Coast Conference

This conference is taking place on the 28 March 2017 to 30 March 2017 at Flood and Coast, Telford International Centre.

To find out more click here
Save the dates!

The dates have now been set for the below ADEPT events, please make sure these are saved in your calendar!
  • President's Annual Policy Debate & ADEPT Annual General Meeting- 14/15 June 2017, Radisson Blu Hotel, Heathrow
  • ADEPT Annual Conference- 23/24 November 2017, Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester

Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) looking to recruit 5 new Chairs!

To find out more please click here.

  • This month CH2M have become a corporate partner member of ADEPT, bringing the total number of corporate partners to 9.
  • The ADEPT President's Team and Management Board has merged to form the ADEPT Leadership Team, to see who is part of this click here.
Upcoming ADEPT meetings
  • Asset Management Group Meeting- 2 March
  • Soils & Materials Design & Specification Group Meeting- 2 March
  • Waste Panel Meeting- 8 March
  • West Midlands Board Meeting- 9 March
  • Planning, Housing & Regeneration Board Meeting- 10 March
  • ADEPT / CEDOS / DCLG workshop - Regional EU Aid- 10 March
  • East of England Board meeting- 17 March
  • Leadership Team Meeting- 23 March
  • South East Board Meeting- 31 March
The ADEPT website now had an Events Calendar – this lists all forthcoming Board and Working Group meetings. To get an event listed, please contact
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