Milton Keynes March 2018 Meeting
Push the Big Red Planning Button – Linda Wright MBA DipTP
Linda is a planning consultant advising and obtaining planning permission for property developers and investors across England and Wales. She is a key note speaker, writer and guest lecturer at Manchester, Liverpool and Bolton universities
She has enjoyed a successful 35-year career in planning in both the public and private sectors – with the result that she has usually seen most planning problems before. Her pragmatic approach and insight into the planning system have been described as ‘invaluable’. She is truly a gamekeeper turned poacher.
Linda’s presenting style is both informative and entertaining – she says ‘Let’s face it the English planning system can be a minefield so we have to inject a little humour to make it tolerable.’
The USP on her CV is that she worked for several years as a senior planner for the Government on the island of Bermuda.
Linda's presentation for 2018 is ‘Push the Big Red Planning Button’ – where she invites you to ‘press a button’ on some of the planning and property issues trending at the moment. There are 12 topics to choose from.
ALSO…. Safe as Houses? – Fire safety management in HMOs – Antony Bolder
Fire prevention is a critical component in ensuring the continued safety of people residing in buildings. As the national tragedy of Grenfell Tower has exposed, the incorrect application of building works or lack of correct planned preventative maintenance programme can have devastating effects.
Having been in the fire service, as an operational officer, fire safety, community safety and health and safety specialist for 27 years, I have taken those skill sets into the private sector of fire consultancy. Working with a host of letting agents and private landlords, and through multiple fire risk assessment surveys, the level of understanding in both active and passive fire safety elements from an owners or `responsible persons` view is still a real issue. This together with understanding the responsibility to provide fire safety aspects under either the Fire Safety Order or HMO management regulations, many of which are `absolute` under the law, are important elements in ensuring todays landlords or letting agents/management companies are exercising their required duties correctly.
The 35 minute presentation will highlight the following major points:
• Legislation and its effects on pin members
• Fire Dynamics (including fire growth and spread in compartments)
• `Active` and `Passive`systems
• Testing and Inspection programmes (as required by the FSO/MHMOR)
• LandlordsFSO fire management programme as an alternative to paper based documents
By the end of the presentation members will be in a more informed position on the requirements for fire safety as it applies to their properties, together with information on how to complete the required tests and inspections in relation to an overall fire prevention strategy.