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:

  • The ‘hot topic’ of the day – will it be Brexit fall-out, or will ‘the can be down the road’?
  • The Green Belt – does it still serve a relevant planning purpose?
  • 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).
  • Mitigating impacts through CIL and s106 including: the impact of proposed changes; paying for public services – health, police, education etc.
  • PlanTech – the use of virtual reality and other technologies in the planning application and appeals process
  • 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 Guest Speaker TBC
10:50 - 11:05 Q&A
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 Lunch
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 Updates: 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 Q&A