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Planning law update conference

Thursday, 19 November 2015 at 9:00AM - 4:30PM
The Hatton (etc Venues), 51-53 Hatton Garden, London
Fully Booked

Most practitioners will recognise that the impact of recent legislative changes made by the Coalition Government are starting to filter through the planning system and with this process of change there is an increasingly litigious and challenging approach to planning which make it very difficult to keep abreast of current requirements.

The speed of change in the law and policy has serious implications for local plans and case management officers, planning consultants, statutory consultees, interests groups and decision makers and there is every sign that this will continue from the daily appeal decisions, ministerial statements and judicial decisions.

This one-day conference will provide a thorough, practical examination of the key legal issues that delegates will face in the delivery of sustainable development. It will address and critically assess major policy changes, new legislation and a number of significant ministerial and judicial decisions.

Benefits of attending

This one-day conference will:

  1. Ensure that you are up to date with recent reforms and are provided with the critical questions in assessment of current policy and legal changes
  2. Assist in ensuring that your planning decisions and procedures are legally robust within the key risk areas covered by the conference
  3. Establish effective legal delivery mechanisms for CIL, affordable housing, sustainable development and other key planning deliverables
  4. Understand the practical solutions that are available to a number of common issues in development control and planning policy

 Who should attend?

  • Anyone concerned with the development of land or the creation of land use policy
  • Lawyers in the private and public sector
  • Planners – private, public and voluntary
  • Surveyors advising on planning and land-use issues
  • Developers and their agents


 Conference programme

9.00 Registration and coffee

9.30 Welcome and introduction by the Chair

Stuart Andrews, Partner, Eversheds

9.40 Case law update

  • Court cases
  • Planning appeal decisions
  • Lands tribunal

Saira Kabir Sheikh QC, Francis Taylor Building

10.40 Enforcement

  • The latest cases on operational development and material change of use
  • Flexibility in enforcement notice appeals
  • Planning enforcement orders and the Welwyn Hatfield principle
  • Sentencing and the Proceeds of Crime Act

Andrew Fraser-Urquhart QC, Francis Taylor Building

11.00 Coffee and networking

11.20 Housing land supply – an update on law, policy and decisions

  • The NPPF and critical policy
  • The Duty to Co-operate
  • 5 year land supply issues
  • Recent case law
  • Recent appeal decisions

Laura Phillips, 6 Pump Court

12.00 Large urban extensions and the practicalities of delivery 

  • Defining a scheme and ensuring flexibility
  • The timely and effective delivery of key infrastructure
  • Practical solutions to viability issues
  • Grappling with Reg. 122 and 123
  • Section 106 the key to community engagement and ownership?  

Stuart Andrews, Partner, Eversheds

12.40 Panel discussion

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Plan making and neighbourhood plans

  • Development Plans
  • Development Orders
  • Community Right to Build
  • The principle of sustainable development

Timonty Jones, No5 Chambers

2.30 CIL in practice

  • Recent case law on the existing building allowance
  • How Regulation 123 is operating in practice
  • The challenge of ensuring that infrastructure is delivered when it is needed

Trevor Ivory, Partner, DLA Piper

3.00 EIA – principles and recent developments

  • Screening – the biggest pitfalls
  • Scoping – managing the task
  • Assessment – covering the bases
  • Update on legal challenges

Harriet Townsend, Cornerstone Barristers

3.30 Travellers and human rights policy

  • Connors and the scope of section 288 applications and section 289 appeals
  • The court’s role in deciding human rights issues
  • Moore & Coates and recovery directions
  • Planning Policy for Traveller Sites: update

4.00 Panel discussion

4.20 Chair’s closing comments

Stuart Andrews

4.30 Close of conference