Planning Update


Recent legislative changes and case law updates

Tuesday 14 April 2015, 9.30am – 1.00pm, Bevan Brittan, Birmingham

Presented by Sharpe Pritchard and Geldards

Seminar overview

In July 2014, the government issued its Technical Consultation on Planning. This highlighted 6 areas for improvement:- neighbourhood planning; reducing planning regulation to support housing, high streets and growth; improving the use of planning conditions; improvements to the planning application process; amending environmental impact assessment thresholds; and improving the development consent order process. The government has recently responded to the consultations. This seminar will discuss the outcomes.

There have also been a number of important decisions from the Courts, covering a range of matters including the interpretation of the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework on housing and heritage issues. This seminar will discuss these decisions and their implications for the work of local planning authorities.

This seminar will also discuss the implications for planning of the election portfolios of the main political parties.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Recent Case law update
  • Compulsory purchase orders
  • Impact/implementation of new PO classes especially class M3
  • Minerals and waste planning matters
  • Judicial review
  • DCLG technical consultation on Planning and responses
  • Infrastructure Bill (planning aspects)
  • Election portfolios
  • Fracking

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

Speaker 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 seminars 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”.  He was part of the Sharpe Pritchard team which was a finalist in the law firm of the year category in the Planning Awards 2014.

Lorna Bowry is a senior solicitor at Sharpe Pritchard.  She has considerable experience, including as an in-house local authority lawyer. 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 and client training events.   Lorna is an integral part of the Sharpe Pritchard planning team, which  is ranked in Planning Magazine’ s list of top planning solicitors,  the Legal 500 and Chambers  & Partners. She was part of the Sharpe Pritchard team which was a finalist in the law firm of the year category in the Planning Awards 2014.

Huw Williams, Lead Partner, Public Law at Geldards has over 30 years’ experience of advising on compulsory purchase and highways schemes for local authorities both as an in-house lawyer and in private practice. Huw advised Derbyshire County Council on the Markham Vale scheme and Wrexham on the new access rods to the Wrexham Industrial Estate.

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”.

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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