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Planning law update conference

Thursday, 23 November 2017 at 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Prospero House (etc Venues), 241 Borough High St, London SE1 1GA
£349 for RTPI members (From £199 with a season ticket)
£199 for licentiate members and independent consultants; £140 for students, unemployed and retired; £449 for non-members
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There has been a year of significant change in planning law. We have seen a series of important and very influential court cases, the prospect of revisions to the NPPF, the delayed reforms to CIL and then the realisation of some of the further changes identified in the Housing White Paper.

This one-day conference will provide a thorough, thought provoking examination of key legal issues and will try to help delegates to navigate the bewildering labyrinth of the current UK planning system. 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. Help understand the potential implications of the Housing White Paper
  3. Assist in ensuring that your planning decisions and procedures are legally robust within the key risk areas covered by the conference
  4. Establish effective legal delivery mechanisms for CIL, affordable housing, sustainable development and other key planning deliverables
  5. 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 The housing white paper: Fixing our broken housing market

  • Is it agreed that the system is broken?
  • Where are we?
  • Current and forthcoming changes
  • Planning is wider than housing

Andrew Fraser-Urquhart QC, Francis Taylor Building

10.20 Case law update

  • Prior approval
  • Conditions

Stuart Jessop and Giles Atkinson, Six Pump Court

11.00 Coffee and networking

11.20 Housing 

  • Richborough, Objectively Assessed Need and more
  • Main points from the Supreme Court’s judgment in Suffolk Coastal
  • Housing numbers cases in the past year      

Charlie Banner, Landmark Chambers

12.00 Fracking for beginners

  • An introduction to the issues relating to shale gas exploration and production

Stuart Andrews

12.40 Panel discussion

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Neighbourhood plans – a case law and decisions update

  • Update on challenges to neighbourhood plans
  • Update on the impact of neighbourhood plans on development management
  • Changes in statutory provisions        

Martin Edwards, Cornerstone Barristers

2.40 CIL reforms

  • The CIL Review Report recommendations analysed
  • The future of s.106s
  • The role of ADR techniques

John Pugh-Smith, 39 Essex Chambers

3.20 EIA – The new regulations

  • The new EIA town planning and infrastructure Regulations in England and Wales
  • Business as usual or regulatory change?
  • The use and relevance of early mitigation evidence
  • Post-consent monitoring
  • Developer front-loading and the role of the local authority expert

Gordon Wignall, Six Pump Court

4.00 Panel discussion

4.20 Chair’s closing comments

Stuart Andrews

4.30 Close of conference