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Mediation in planning

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 at 9:30AM - 4:30PM
£399 for RTPI members (From £199 with a season ticket)
£199 for licentiate members and independent consultants; £140 for students, unemployed and retired; £499 standard price

The Government has over the years flirted with mediation, even going as far as suggesting that “The Planning Inspectorate will work with Communities and Local Government and others on investigating the role of mediation in reducing the need for planning and enforcement appeals/and or reducing the time and effort in determining such appeals”.

In response to this a Report was commissioned by the National Planning Forum and the Planning Inspectorate by Leonara Rozee OBE and Kay Powell which was published in June 2010 entitled “Mediation in Planning”.

The technique of Mediation is identified one of a number of techniques used to assist in dispute resolution using a neutral third party to facilitate the resolution of the specific dispute.

This Masterclass will consider “what” the process of mediation involves, and how it might assist dispute resolution in the planning process. There will be consideration of relevant legislation, in the context of the potential of the existing role of mediation and how such a role might be developed, and if there has been any progress since the publication of the Rozee and Powell Report in 2010?

Benefits of attending

This masterclass will help you understand:

  1. Mediation
  2. The role of mediation
  3. Room for mediation in the legislative framework
  4. The application of mediation to the planning process
  5. The future role of mediation in planning

 Who should attend?

  • Planning officers
  • Practitioners
  • Enforcement officers
  • Legal officers



9.00 Registration and coffee

9.30 Welcome and introduction

David Hall, Associate Director, Boyer and CEDR Accredited Mediator

9.40 Mediation

  • An introduction to the process of mediation
  • What is mediation?
  • What does mediation involve?
  • What does mediation offer?
  • Is it relevant to the planning process?
  • The application of mediation?
  • The advantages and benefits of mediation

10.00 Legislation and due process

  • Consideration of the legislative process?
  • Current application for use of mediation
  • Areas of opportunity for the use of mediation
  • Are there other legislative opportunities to use mediation?

11.15 Coffee

11.30 Mediation and planning

  • The marrying of mediation and due process
  • How should mediation be delivered?
  • The application of mediation in other spheres
  • Lessons to be learned
  • Scope for mediation
  • The future?
  • The funding of mediation
  • Is there any room for mediation in the planning process?
  • Does the planning system need to change to accommodate alternative dispute resolution?

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Practical application

  • The Government’s approach to mediation
  • Challenges for mediation in the planning process
  • Case studies
  • Lessons to be learned
  • Audience participation – the mediation experience
  • How do you become a mediator?

3.30 Summary

  • Is an adversarial approach to planning issues to be preferred?
  • Mediation and planning – the conclusions
  • Going forward
  • Parting thought

4.00 Further questions

4.30 Close