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Expert Witnesses

How planners can improve their effectiveness at planning inquiries and hearings 


Expert Witness cover imageActing as an expert witness at a planning inquiry or hearing is an important, but often nerve wracking part of being a professional planner. However, by taking the time and care to prepare thoroughly it is an excellent and rewarding test of your skills and knowledge as a planner.

The RTPI has worked with representatives of PEBA, the Planning and Environmental Bar Association to publish this practice advice. It sets out the duties and responsibilities of being an expert witness, along with top tips on how to improve your performance. It also outlines the procedures for planners to secure professional access to barristers. The advice refers to the procedures that apply in England, Wales and Scotland.

Download the full report here.


Planning and Environmental Bar Association have said,

"The Planning and Environmental Bar Association is pleased to have had a hand in drafting this Expert Witness practice advice which provides an insight into the role of giving expert evidence in a planning appeal context, along with some practical tips to make the presentation run smoothly."


The PIanning Inspectorate said,

"The Planning Inspectorate recognises the value of this advice for planners giving expert evidence in planning appeals and hearings".


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