Planning Enforcement


Avoiding the pitfalls

Thursday 5 November 2015, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) Geldards, Derby


Presented by Geldards and Sharpe Pritchard

Seminar overview

This intermediate level seminar will provide an informative overview of the planning enforcement process, providing those involved in this area of planning with a review of the legislation and case law and with advice on dealing with practical problems and avoiding the usual pitfalls when building an enforcement case. The session will also provide practical tips to ensure the actions taken by local planning authorities when assessing a breach, reviewing time limits, at decision making stage and when taking enforcement action are proper, defendable and robust.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Review of the legislation
  • Detailed case law update
  • Drafting tips
  • Planning policy
  • Practical examples of how to avoid commonly made mistakes and what steps should be taken when deciding whether to take enforcement action and how best to run that case once the decision has been taken.

Speaker profiles:

Tomos Phillips– Associate, Planning at Geldards LLP advises local planning authorities and private clients on a wide range of development control and enforcement matters as well as related aspects such as compulsory purchase and town and village greens. Much of Tomos’ work relates to sensitive landscape areas, such as National Parks.

Tim Morgan, is a retired Planning Inspector. After qualifying as a solicitor in private practice, he worked as a solicitor in local government, specialising in planning eventually heading the legal team in a city authority. He joined the Planning Inspectorate in 1989 where he initially dealt with general planning appeals and local plans. Tim moved to enforcement appeal work, firstly in England and latterly in Wales where he became the specialist advisor on enforcement and gypsy appeals. Tim has been a member of the Law Society Planning and Environmental Law Committee for 7 years.

Charles Felgate, Partner, Planning at Geldards worked for a period in local government before joining Geldards over ten years ago. He has advised both local authorities, public bodies and developers on section 38 and section 278 agreements. He is currently revising the section agreements for the Porth Teigr media village scheme in Cardiff Bay – home of BBC’s “Dr Who”.

Denise Stephenson, is a partner within the planning law team at Sharpe Pritchard. Prior to coming to Sharpes Denise worked in local government and private practice. Denise has extensive experience of major regeneration projects advising public sector clients on complex aspects of planning and highway law. She has advised public sector clients on their statutory duties with regards to planning law including advising on challenge risk and mitigation. Denise has also negotiated many section 106 agreements and highway agreements for large redevelopment projects, wind farms and infrastructure projects. Denise has always had a ‘hands-on’ approach and works hard at developing and maintaining good client relationships.She is credited as being “exceptionally hardworking” Legal 500, 2015.

Larissa Lowe is an Associate Solicitor at Sharpe Pritchard. Having worked both in local authorities and private practice, Larissa has a unique insight in Planning matters which greatly assists in achieving the required results for her clients in the most cost effective manner.

Larissa has considerable experience in planning enforcement matters including listed buildings, SAMs and trees.

She deals with a wide range of planning matters, including negotiating and preparing section 106 agreements on developments of strategic and/or regional importance, preparing agreements under section 278 of the Highways Act 1980 and advising on planning enforcement and related policy issues. She has frequently spoken at seminars.

Larissa was recognised as the “approachable Larissa Lowe” and “an efficient advocate” by Chambers and Partners”.

Duration: Half a day (3 CPD points) including lunch

How to book

To book a place on this seminar please contact Julie Scheller on 0845 272 5701 or email julie.scheller@freeths.co.uk

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If you would like to send a list of registrants, please email Julie.Scheller@freeths.co.uk.