Planning Tips and Updates (1)


Repeated from East Midlands

8 December 2016, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) Freeths, Birmingham

Presented by Sharpe Pritchard


Course overview

Suitable audience:

Planning, highways and property officers and legal advisers


This course will cover the rapid changes to the planning world, with a focus on the Housing and Planning Act 2016. There are a number of novel issues and this should provoke lively discussion as well as providing an opportunity to share examples of experiences and practices amongst the local authorities.  It will also include a practical session on drafting and a discussion forum on plan-making. The programme will include a talk on cpo   general principles, the new Guidance issued in 2015, and the proposals in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Section 106 agreements and the Community Infrastructure Levy (with drafting examples)
  • Housing and Planning Act 2016 covering matters such as:
    • Secretary of State extended powers of call-in
    • Plan-making
    • Starter Homes
    • Relaxation of PD rights
  • Planning permission in principle
  • Neighbourhood Planning Bill
  • Case updates
  • Compulsory purchase
  • Other current hot topics

Interactive elements

We will include drafting tips and examples on section 106 agreements. We would also suggest a discussion forum on plan-making and the effect of the changes brought on by the legislation.

Duration: Half a day (3 Training hours) including lunch


B Technical legal practice 

B2 Legal research

B4 Draft documents

B6 Negotiation

C1 Communicate clearly and effectively

D Managing themselves and their own work 

Comments: Given that the legislation will make fundamental changes, officers will need to consider the effect on their working practices and issues around timing and promptness

Presenter profiles:

Brian Hurwitz is a partner at Sharpe Pritchard and heads the planning law team. He has many years’ experience, both in the public sector and in private practice.  He has advised local authorities on plan-making and development management and has negotiated and prepared section 106 agreements on developments involving important strategic and/or regional sites. He has frequently spoken at courses and client training events and has written articles in the Journal of Planning and Environmental Law and Planning magazine and in Westlaw Insight .  Brian is described in Chambers & Partners 2015 edition as a “very good lawyer,” who “protects his clients’ interests very well and it’s always done with good humour”.  

Denise Stephenson is a partner at Sharpe Pritchard based in the planning team. She has extensive experience of major regeneration projects and has negotiated many section 106 agreements and highway agreements. This includes a large number of redevelopment projects, wind farms and infrastructure projects, mixed use developments and sport and leisure facilities. She is credited as being “exceptionally hardworking” in Legal 500, 2015.

John McIvor is a Principal Lawyer in the Commercial, Property & Planning Team, Legal Services, at Leicester City Council. John has many years’ experience of dealing with land and property transactions on behalf of local authorities, including major regeneration and transport infrastructure and development projects, including development agreements and highways/s.106 agreements. He has developed a particular interest in compulsory purchase and has advised on both regeneration and highways CPO’s from initial advice through to acquisition and compensation as well as leading a team dealing with CPO’s of housing properties.

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