New BECGconversation Podcast Episode 2: The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the planning system.

For the second episode in the BECGconversation podcast series, host BECG Managing Director Andrew Howard discusses how the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted the planning system. 

Andrew is joined by Andrew Whitaker, Planning Director at HBF (Home Builders Federation), Anna Rose, Head of Local Government’s Planning Advisory Service (PAS) and Gary Day, Group Land & Planning Director at McCarthy & Stone. 

BECGconversation is a podcast series covering a diverse range of topics across property, infrastructure, energy & utilities, transport, waste and recycling, environment, and healthcare and are available to download at any time. 

If you would like to take part in the podcast or want help managing or launching your own podcast, then please get in touch on 020 3697 7630 or email Julius Duncan. 


Our expert speakers 

Andrew Whitaker MA MRTPI, Planning Director of the Home Builders Federation (HBF)

Andrew Whitaker

Andrew, who joined the Federation as a regional officer in 1994, has over 35 years experience as a town planner in both the public and private sector, specialising in the formulation and implementation of both planning and housing policy. Having worked in both local government and private practice Andrew uses this cross sector experience to advise the housebuilding industry and liaise with central and local government through formal representations, sounding boards and working groups on a plethora of planning and housing issues. Andrew sits on a number of Government advisory groups. He was a member of the Taylor Review of planning guidance and, most recently, was a member of the DCLG appointed Community Infrastructure Levy Review Team. He was included in Planning Magazine’s latest “Power 100” list of the most influential people in the planning sector. 


Anna Rose, Head of Local Government’s Planning Advisory Service (PAS)

Anna holds a first degree and masters in Town and Country Planning and has been an RTPI member since 2003.  She started her planning career advising NFU members on planning, transport and environmental law before moving to Rugby Borough Council to bring forward the local development framework. Anna became Head of Planning and Culture at Rugby in 2007 taking on responsibility for economic development, sports and arts as well as planning.  Anna lead the planning team through the first successful systems thinking review of a planning service and became well known for driving economic growth through planning. In November 2014 Anna moved to Milton Keynes Council as the Director of Growth, Economy and Culture. Alongside an ambitious programme of service improvement, Anna took a lead role in producing the next 50 year spatial vision for the area. Anna is currently the Head of the Planning Advisory Service, delivering improvement in planning services across the country. She has a focus on working collaboratively and creating the environment for making things happen. Anna is a past President of the Planning Officers Society; a trustee of the TCPA and sits on the advisory board of Public Practice. She is an active peer reviewer for the LGA and a regular speaker on strategic planning issues, growth focussed planning and improving the customer experience. 


Gary Day, Group Land and Planning Director of McCarthy & Stone

Gary Day

Gary Day is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Chartered Institute of Housing and is the Group Land and Planning Director of McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles Ltd.  He has 45 years’ experience in planning and development matters, including 32 years’ experience in the retirement housing sector with McCarthy & Stone.  He is primarily responsible for the strategic direction and control of the Group’s land acquisition, design and planning activities, and chairs the Company’s Group Investment Committee which approves all land buying and other development investment decisions. Gary takes an active role in the Company’s political and public affairs activities and is concerned to ensure that, in all levels of public policy, there is a greater appreciation of the role and merits of retirement housing, both public and private, in enabling better housing choices for older people.  He has sat on numerous committees and research steering groups, including the former DoH/CLG Housing and Older People Development Group and the Scottish Executive’s equivalent, ROOPH. Gary was Chairman of the former Retirement Housing Group (RHG) and is currently a member of the HBF’s Retirement Home Builders Group (RHBG), and sat on the former Homes and Community Agency’s Vulnerable and Older People Action Group (VOPAG).  


Andrew Howard, Managing Director, BECG

Andrew Howard is the Managing Director BECG and hosts this episode of the BECGconversation podcast.