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Annual Planning Seminar 2019 - Birmingham

On Monday 25th March 2019, No5 Barristers' Chambers will hold its Annual Planning Seminar at the ICC in Birmingham. The key-note session will be “Planning Inquires post the Rosewell Review”.  A panel comprising a senior inspector, planning silk (Christopher Young QC) and planning junior (Satnam Choongh) will have a moderated, lively discussion on effective preparation for an inquiry and the “dos and don’ts” of inquiry practice. The view of the inspector promises to be illuminating! There will be an opportunity for the audience to participate in a Q&A session.

The No5 team of planning silks and juniors will update delegates on:

  1. The ‘hot topic’ of the day – will it be Brexit fall-out, or will ‘the can be down the road’?
  2. The Green Belt – does it still serve a relevant planning purpose?
  3. Topical issues in development management including:  Habitats Regulations Appropriate Assessment and Clean Air; Heritage issues; housing delivery issues including how the ‘delivery test’ is panning-out in practice and making use of the wide variety of housing the government is seeking to encourage (entry level, self-build, build to rent, old people, students, permitted development conversions etc).
  4. Mitigating impacts through CIL and s106 including: the impact of proposed changes; paying for public services – health, police, education etc.
  5. PlanTech – the use of virtual reality and other technologies in the planning application and appeals process
  6. Recent case law affecting planning and environmental issues.

09:15 - 10:00

Registration and refreshments

10:00 - 10:20

Welcome and ‘Hot Topic’ - presented by Richard Kimblin QC

10:20 - 10:50

Keynote “Question Time”: Planning Inquires post the Rosewell Review – making best use of the inquiry process. A moderated panel discussion - presented by Chris Young QC, Satnam Choongh and Inspector Philip Ware 

10:50 - 11:05


11:05 - 11:30

Refreshment Break

11:30 - 11:55

The Green Belt Debate – This conference believes there should be nothing ‘special’ or ‘exceptional’ about the Green Belt - presented by Peter Goatley and Christian Hawley

11:55 - 12:15

Habitats Regs, Appropriate Assessment and ‘Clean Air’ - presented by Thea Osmund-Smith

12:15 - 12:35

Heritage Issues update - presented by Nina Pindham

12:35 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20

PlanTech - Towards a complete Code? - presented by James Corbet Burcher

14:20 - 14:40

Housing Delivery Issues update - presented by Paul Cairnes QC and Hashi Mohamed

14:40 - 15:00

Mitigating impacts through CIL and s106 – what should be paid for and how? - presented by Richard Humphreys QC and Hugh Richards

15:00 - 16:00

Case Law Updaes: Decision-taking, Policy and Plan-making, Environmental and POCA - presented by Celina Colquhoun, Leanne Buckley-Thomson, Scott Stemp and Howard Leithead

16:00 - 16:15


Guest Speaker - Inspector Philip Ware - BSc (Hons) DipTP MRTPI

Phillip began his planning career in local government, largely in development management, and then moved into private practice.  He joined the Inspectorate 24 years ago and has undertaken Public Inquiries for most of that time.  For the last 12 years he has almost exclusively undertaken Inquiries, including housing schemes, CPOs, wind farms, solar farms, employment and retail proposals, and CPOs.  He manages a group of Inspectors dealing with local plan examinations, national infrastructure proposals, trees, high hedges, compulsory purchase work as well as s78 appeals.  He was one of the Inspectors who had an input into the Inquiries Review.

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Date: 25 March 2019

Time: 09:00 - 16:15

Venue: The ICC, Birmingham

CPD Points: 4

Cost: £185.00

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