Join our upcoming eco-development and planning conference on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th November

All sessions will be recorded and shared with ticket holders so you don't need to stay online for the entire two days.

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How do we address the UK's housing crisis through new holistic models of planning & development?

The way we approach housing development over the next decade will have a profound impact on our economy, society and natural ecosystems. Leaders across sectors need to step up and work together to offer an alternative vision for how we can deliver new homes at scale across the country in a way that is both affordable and sustainable. Throughout the conference we will be exploring smart acceleration of sustainable development through innovative financing solutions.

We created DEVX to bring together some of the most inspiring projects and people from across the country to
have a practical dialogue around how we can impact future policy and local planning decisions.

All sessions will be recorded and shared with ticket holders so you don't need to stay online for the entire two days. Plus you will also get a free annual membership to our network.


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Why Housing Matters?

Keynote presentations about the importance of holistic and regenerative approaches for housing policy.

Today in the UK we have not only reached 'Peak Oil' but also 'Peak Rent' which is a tipping point in terms of system fragility - largely due to development having been based on housing as a commodity. This cannot be addressed easily or quickly within existing structures of planning regulation or the market without innovation. However,
Regenerative Development or Housing as a Service approaches not only offer solutions to social justice and community, they offer a comprehensive contribution to sustainable development goals.

In the past, "urban regeneration" simply meant renewing the urban fabric as a spur to money based economic growth. Today regeneration has a completely different meaning - it is the orchestration of whole system processes for resilient, self-organizing socio-civic ecologies and infrastructure for supporting and maintaining life. "Having a regenerative mindset means seeing the world as a living system, built around reciprocal and co-evolutionary relationships and wholes, where humans, other living beings and ecosystems rely on one another for health." RSA Regenerative Futures Report    

New place based, regenerative models of people-centred development can address the multiple interconnected crises of isolation, health, housing, energy, climate change and mono-agriculture in ways that past development and planning practice could not.

Our line up of speakers and panelists include;

Richard Bacon, MP for South Norfolk and Chairman of the APPG on Self-Build, Custom and Community Housebuilding and Placemaking.

Paul Chatterton – Professor of Urban Futures, Leeds University

James Shorten – TerraPermaGeo and the Regenerative Settlement CIC

Chris Cook – Senior Research Fellow UCL, Institute For Strategy Resilience & Security

Themes include: Peak Rent, Urban & Rural Futures, Climate Action, Housing as a Service, Eco-Planning Zones, The Potential & Power of Place

The DEVX team will also speak to the purpose of the event and long-term vision and objectives of the DEVX network



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What can we learn from the energy sector?

A Record-Breaking 29% of the U.K.’s Electricity is now generated by renewables. Great Britain is on the path to a fossil fuel-free future. The energy sector and the transition to more renewable energy sources is one of Britain's big success stories. We will have in depth presentations from Marcus Saul, a partner in Island Power as well as James Kong, the founder of ALP Technologies as well as a great dialogue about the future of energy storage and micro-grids and how this infrastructure can support a new wave of smart eco-homes.

Participants include;

James Kong, Alp Technologies
Chris Cook, Island Power
Marcus Saul, Island Power
Anton Chernikov, House of Transformation
Vijay Bhopal,  Inclusive Energy





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Shaping Better Places. Changing planning, policy and practice to deliver happier, healthier communities. 

How have we become so resigned to developments that embed the conditions for mental and physical ill-health? How did the creation of fatigue-prone, nerve-wracking built environments become the norm? In this dialogue session we will explore better ways to plan, design, build and sustain the places where we live, work, play and learn. We will be discussing the importance of self-organised citizen participation in housing design and delivery. What are the cultural, economic and democratic processes that will enable new forms of cohousing and coliving to emerge.

Participants include;

Ian Boyd, Arc Consulting

Charlie Fisher, CollaborativeHousing &
Transition By Design

Craig White, Agile Homes
Linda Farrow, Founding Director at Agile Homes
Irena Bauman, Bauman Lyons Architects, Mass bespoke, Built inCommon
Chad Oatley, National Research and Evaluation Lead for Sport England.



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Could Agrihoods provide us with a viable model for regenerative rural development?

An agrihood is a mixed development that combines food and real estate. These neighbourhood villages offer residential living with a farm-to-table focus for young, active families seeking a lifestyle centered around simplicity and sustainability.

While these communities are still somewhat of a novelty, demand is expected to grow now that millennials are the largest share of homebuyers on the market today. Agrihoods are part of a larger movement known as “new urbanism” to create walkable, mixed-use communities that prioritize healthful living and strong connections.

Today, there are more than 200 of these neighbourhoods in the U.S. spanning across 28 states, and many developers expect this trend to be the new preferred master plan community

This article and this publication are great references for us to discuss. During the panel each speaker will have a few minutes to introduce themselves, their organisation and their response to the question and topic. Then we will dive into a deeper dialogue.

Participants include;

Anton Chernikov, Founder of House of Transformation, Exponentials & re:build
Joshua Malkin & ​Annie Tempest, Founders of Ecocrofters Unlimited
Rev. Sam Wernham, Founder of Wild Church
Mark Drewell & Marcus Link, Founders of New Foundation Farms & The Holos Project
Ashley Dobbs, Founder of InHarmony Agrivillages
James Shorten
– Co-author of the Welsh Government's 'One Planet Development Policy' Practice Guidance





Isle of Wight - Newport Whole Settlement Masterplan

Newport is the county town of the Isle of Wight and the capital of the Isle of Wight UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

The Island faces significant challenges; elevated demands of adult social care in an aging population as well as a high proportion of families in poverty and looked-after children. Issues endemic in coastal communities are concentrated here, a fragile seasonal tourism economy, a low skill base and depressed average salaries. At the same time the Island has globally significant natural capital and ecosystem service in its landscapes, habitats and species, and a potent cultural distinctiveness that has shaped the identity of its 33 parishes and 140 settlements for a thousand years. In this session we will explore the opportunities for positive change that a Biosphere-led approach to development might deliver.


The Island’s local plan is currently in draft creating space for new thinking and potentially better outcomes for people and place. This session will explore the set of development allocations currently proposed for Newport, with a special focus firstly on ‘The Northern Arc’, comprising a disused prison complex, ex library HQ and the county hospital, and secondly Newport Harbour, a mixed waterfront development scheme set out in a detailed masterplan. Both are projects set entirely within the public estate, an example of regenerative public realm that is central to Shaping Newport, the place plan commissioned by the unitary authority, business association and town council.

This collaboration session will be facilitated by Chris Ashman (Director of Regeneration at the Isle of Wight Council) and Ian Boyd (Arc Consulting).



Leeds - collaborative approaches to place-making

Responding to the climate emergency, there are different city-wide initiatives in Leeds seeking to learn about and embed different approaches to planning, designing, building and living.  Climate Action Leeds is a collaborative network and growing movement across the city which aims to build a “zero carbon, nature friendly, socially just Leeds by the 2030s”.  Meanwhile, Leeds City Council is consulting on its Local Plan update, titled “Your Neighbourhood, Your City, Your Planet” and is putting addressing the climate emergency at the centre of its planning strategy. 


Pushing this strategic change along, there are several experiments in Leeds that challenge standard private development and are championing new ways of doing things. 


In this session we will discuss and offer support to two collaborative projects:


1) An alternative community-led masterplan prepared by Otley 2030 on council-owned land in response to a concept masterplan and planning application that fails to tackle the climate, ecological and inequality crises.


2) The building of new people-powered homes on council-owned land at Mistress Lane in Armley, by Leeds Community Homes.  We will also explore the potential to expand on initiatives like this through decentralised, community-owned, modern methods of construction such as MassBespoke and Wikihouse.


Participants include:


Paul Chatterton, Professor of Urban Futures, Leeds University

Irena Bauman, Bauman Lyons Architects and Mass Bespoke

Phil Barrett, Real Living Homes (Wiki House)

Josiah Sulc, Rooted In Homes (Wiki House)

Shannon Coles + others, East of Otley Action Group and Otley 2030

Steve Hoey + Lucy Meredith, Leeds Community Homes

Neil McKenna, PhD researcher University of Leeds and Planner at Tibbalds

+ others to be confirmed



Building Regenerative Agrihoods across the UK

We will be continuing the discussion from Thursday's panel and exploring how to best approach the masterplanning and design of rural cohousing through the application of an eco-zone exemption status.

We will have presentations and design challenges from a selection of specific rural locations around which we will co-create proposals that we can take forward to local planning authorities.

This session will be facilitated by; 

Anton Chernikov
, Founder of House of Transformation, Exponentials & re:build
Joshua Malkin & Annie Tempest, Founders of Ecocrofters Unlimited
Rev. Sam Wernham, Founder of Wild Church
James Shorten
– TerraPermaGeo and the Regenerative Settlement CIC
Tony Langford - Founder of Pitchcott Farm & Pitch Shift



Thank You

Closing circle for feedback and reflections.


All sessions will be hosted on Zoom. We will share the links to the different Zoom rooms with all participants before the event. We also plan to host follow on in person gatherings, workshops, retreats and dinners in the future. 

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Join us for the DEVX online conference on Thu 25th - Fri 26th November 2021 and get a free annual membership to our network

The surplus generated from the ticket sales of DEVX will be invested into funding ongoing research and the acceleration of regenerative projects and planning applications.