July 2018
  • From your ADEPT President
  • ADEPT in the media
  • ADEPT Autumn Conference
  • Parliamentary Round-up: View from Westminster, Consultation Tracker & Parliamentary Monitoring
  • Grant Thornton: Vibrant Economy Index
  • ADEPT meeting updates
  • EVENTS: Community Infrastructure Levy & S106 Masterclass
  • Upcoming ADEPT meetings
From your ADEPT President
I write this in the rush to clear my desk before a week of leave – and as we don’t produce a newsletter in August, I hope you all have some time off over the summer planned too.
     Last month I attended DfT’s Transport Research & Innovation Board dinner and meeting; spoke at the Traffex ‘Seeing is Believing’ event; chaired a meeting of the SMART Places research programme commissioning board and met with Tricia Hayes, Director General at DfT. The SMART Places programme is at an exciting place – the three business cases are almost done, and there’s growing interest in what we are trying to achieve. We will be sending out a proposal in the next few days, inviting expressions of interest in helping to develop regional data platforms and running ‘live labs’ on local roads, with the final LAs determined via a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style event in early Autumn. My meeting with Tricia Hayes covered the latest on the MRN proposals, with publication of the final map and details planned for end 2018. As we head towards summer recess (22 July), expect a flurry of announcements from DfT, and from other departments.
      Planning for the ADEPT Autumn Conference is well under way, and you will be receiving the conference programme in the next couple of weeks. The theme this year is ‘Shaping Places for Thriving Communities’ and we’ve got a great line-up of speakers including the ICE, DExEU, Homes England, HS2 and Ofwat. This year, the LEP Network will also be running a plenary session, on ‘Local solutions to a dynamic national economy’. With thanks to our generous sponsors, the cost is the same as last year. To book, click here!
     And finally – we will be launching policy positions on the Industrial Strategy and Housing on 19 July. Members who attended the Spring Conference on 4 May helped to shape these important documents, which set out key messages and what ADEPT will do to make the most of the opportunities provided by Local Industrial Strategies, and to help overcome barriers to development, good quality and affordable homes.
     Have a fantastic summer, see you in September.

Neil Gibson
ADEPT President 2018/19

Our press team ensure that ADEPT is featured regularly in the press and news media. Here are a few examples from June:
  • Neil Gibson's appointment as ADEPT President reported in Planning magazine (here)
  • An article in Highways magazine by Paul Newark, Chair of ADEPT's Rights of Way Managers Group, on dealing with public rights of way/highways in the planning/development process (here)
  • Parvis Khansari, Chair of ADEPT's Engineering Board, on pavements and utilities in Highways magazine (here)
  • Stu McInroy, new Chief Executive of the Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA) in Highways magazine, on developing greater engagement with ADEPT (here)
  • Angus Brodie, manager of Scotland's Roads Collaboration Programme, on a possible similar role for ADEPT in England (here)
Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester
22nd & 23rd November 2018
Planning is well under way for this year's ADEPT Autumn Conference, with the theme ‘Shaping Places for Thriving Communities’.
Last year’s successful conference focused on ADEPT’s core purpose: being first for place and fit for the future, examining what the future holds and our role as place shapers. The 2018 Autumn Conference will look at how we actually create those places by delivering sustainable growth for thriving communities, striking a balance between our future-facing role as place shapers and our delivery role as Place Directors: 
  • Building, Business & Brexit
  • People, Planning & Place
  • Directors’ Dragon’s Den
  • Local Solutions to a Dynamic National Economy:  Delivering Successful Sustainable Infrastructure 
  • Workshops:   50/50 Leaders Network, SMART Places, Skills for Growth, the Circular Economy and the Future Highways Research Club
Details will be sent out soon, but in the meantime you can find out more and book your place here.
With thanks to our generous sponsors:
Ringway (headline sponsor), Kier (conference dinner sponsor), Amey (workshop sponsor), WSP (workshop sponsor), Atkins SNC-Lavalin (associate sponsor), Volker Highways (associate sponsor)
Parliamentary Round-up
To read the latest 'View from Westminster' please click here.
Click here for this month's Parliamentary Monitoring.
Click here for the Consultation Tracker. To read recent ADEPT responses, see here.

Building strong place-based narratives around sustainable and inclusive growth
Rob Turner – Director, Insights and Analytics at Grant Thornton UK LLP – introduces a new analytical framework to aid our understanding of place
One of the most important and perhaps subtle challenges for ADEPT Directors is understanding the place in which they operate. A distinctive and strong narrative for place is a one that will help shape decisions and drive priorities, and will help local residents understand what councils are doing and the challenges that they face. 
Grant Thornton UK LLP developed the Vibrant Economy Index to help create a better understanding of place and provide a framework to help local leaders to craft their unique narrative. The Index seeks to define and measure the components that create places where people, communities and businesses can flourish. Using local government geographies, it highlights places that are doing well, trends over time, and potential lessons that can be shared. The measures included in the Index extend beyond the traditional economic measures of success to include components related to inclusive and sustainable growth. This provides a framework for a broader assessment of the 324 local authority areas in England, which clearly identifies strengths, opportunities and challenges, to help people, businesses and local leaders think and act differently. 
To view a longer article about Grant Thornton’s Vibrant Economy Index, including a comparative map of the economies of English local authority areas, click here. (You will need your ADEPT members’ website login to view this page – if you have difficulty please email
Brexit update
There is no Brexit update this month due to annual leave but we hope to reinstate it in the next issue.
ADEPT meeting updates
The following Boards/Working Groups met during June:
  • Engineering Board (update here)
  • Planning, Housing & Regeneration Board (update here)
  • ADEPT/UKRLG Asset Management Board (update here)
  • National Traffic Managers' Forum (update here)
  • National Street Lighting Working Group (update here)
We also have an report from the Soils & Materials Design & Specification Southern Group which met in April (here).
The Waste Group, Energy Group and Digital Connectivity Working Group met at the end of June and their updates will be included in the next newsletter. We also hope to include a report on the CSS Wales AGM.
Below are details of an external event which may be of interest to ADEPT members.
To suggest events for inclusion in future newsletters, please email:
***10% discount for ADEPT members***
Community Infrastructure Levy and S106 Masterclass 2018
London, 4 July 2018
This event brings together local authorities and developers to explore the future of CIL. It will provide the latest insight on the Government’s recent announcement on the NPPF and proposed developer contribution reforms. The day will also offer the latest insight on CIL implementation, including practical guidance on the spending, management and administration of the levy. Speakers include representatives from Battersea Power Station Development Company, 9 Stone Buildings, Gilian Macinnes Associates, Wokingham Borough Council, Bracknell Forest Council, GLA and many more.
  • Hear the latest updates on the CIL review recommendations and proposed changes to the levy
  • Join the discussion on the implications of proposed changes to CIL for LAs
  • Hear lessons on CIL implementation, and the latest insights from authorities collecting the charge
  • Explore how to manage CIL processes, through establishing communication between developers and solicitors
  • Find out more about the current system of developer contributions and how it impacts on development viability
As an ADEPT contactyou are entitled to a 10% discount on places at this event.
For more details about the event click here. To register click here, email or phone 020 7067 1597
To claim your 10% discount quote code 357ADEPT when registering.
Upcoming ADEPT meetings
The following meetings are currently scheduled for July:
  • Soils & Materials Design & Specification Group – 3 July
  • Flood & Water Management Group – 11 July
  • National Rights of Way Managers Group – 12 July
  • Environment Board – 17 July
  • Traffic & Safety Working Group – 17 July
  • South West Board – 19 July
  • Leadership Team meeting – 19 July
  • Transport Board – 20 July
Check for regular updates on the Events Calendar which lists all forthcoming Board, Working Group and Leadership Team meetings.
To have an event listed, please contact
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