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East of England Annual Planning Law Update

Friday, 09 November 2012 at 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Downing College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB2 1DQ
RTPI East of England

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Planning practitioners may have been hoping for less change from late Spring : time for the Localism Act 2011 and the subsequent orders and regulations to be read and understood, time to reflect on the NPPF. The Government has dashed these hopes, with important Ministerial announcements in July and September.

This Conference aims to cover the many changes in statute law and policy over the past year, of importance to plan makers, development managers and consultants.

Meanwhile, there have been significant Court decisions, including a Supreme Court judgment on the interpretation of development plans. There have been three East of England development plan cases, including the latest phase of the Stevenage v North Herts disagreement and a successful challenge to part of the Greater Norwich Joint Core Strategy. The importance of third parties in planning appeals has been emphasised by the Court of Appeal. The Inspector's support for Great Yarmouth's refusal of permission for a wind farm has survived High Court scrutiny. 

The highlights of the year in the Courts will be discussed.


John Dagg, Barrister, Trinity Chambers - "Review of the Year: The Localism Act Implemented. The NPPF and the Future of Guidance. More Change. The Law and Development Plans"

Bernadette Hillman, Solicitor, Partner in Debenhams Ottaway - "Councillors, Interests, Lobbying and the Law - The New Regime: The Impact on Planning"

Anne Williams, Barrister, 6 Pump Court - "Caselaw Review"

Oisin Kelly, Landscape Planning Ltd - "The New Tree Preservation Order Regulations"

David Brock, Solicitor, Keystone Law - "CIL Progress and Problems, the Future of S.106 Obligations

Time for Discussion and Questions

With so many changes taking place in planning law recently, there are Q&A and discussion periods planned for the end of the morning and afternoon sessions. If you have any questions in particular which you would like the speakers to address, email your question to Tina Jessup by 5 November.

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