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19-21 September 2014
New College Oxford



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19 September 2014

Arrival and registration, New College. Tea will be available until 18:00. Newcomers' tea with the committee 17:00 - 17:30.
Drinks reception in the Master's Lodgings at Balliol College
Black tie dinner with keynote address by Dr Hugh Ellis, Town and Country Planning Association

20 September 2014

Chairman's introduction
Heroes and Villains: Challenge & Protest in Planning How campaign groups are using public law to challenge proposed developments. Gita Parihar, Head of Legal, Friends of the Earth
Heroes and Villains: Challenge & Protest in Planning What developers and their advisers will have to do to meet the threat of challenge. Simon Ricketts, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin LLP
Questions and discussion
Fit to Frack? The Government is committed to fracking: what are the legal implications? Catherine Howard, Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Questions and discussion
Delivering The Homes We Need - The Current State of Play The country is desperate for new housing: how can providers ensure that new homes are built? What are the factors preventing the construction of the houses the nation needs? Kate Davies, Chief Executive, Notting Hill Housing
Questions and discussion
Making the Past - Delivering the Future In the RTPI centenary year, an overview of the development of the town and country planning system in England and a view of how it needs to evolve to become the agent for achieving the development the nation needs. Kelvin MacDonald, Senior Visiting Fellow: Dept. of Land Economy, Cambridge, Specialist Adviser: House of Commons Communities & Local Govt. Select Committee, Design Council CABE Built Environment Expert (BEE)
Questions and discussion
Pimms Reception
Optional walking tour following in the steps of giants - an off-beat look at Oxford's rich science heritage.
Sweet & Maxwell champagne reception, Founder's Garden, Balliol College
Black tie dinner with guest speaker Mitchell J. Silver FAICP, Commissioner, New York City Parks, Past American Planning Association President & Former Chief Planning Officer, Raleigh, North Carolina. Late night entertainment, returning by popular demand, from 'The Alibis'; band members include Rhodri Price-Lewis QC, Reuben Taylor QC and Katrina Yates

21 September 2014

Chapel, New College. Breakfast
Chairman's introduction
Local Heroes: Neighbourhood Planning in Practice The view from Whitehall and the reality on the ground from a local authority perspective. Ruth Stanier OBE, Director of Planning, Department for Communities and Local Government
John Walker, Operational Director Development Planning, Westminster City Council
Questions and discussion
Legal Update What have been the key issues emerging from cases over the past year? Richard Harwood OBE QC, Thirty Nine Essex Street
Questions and discussion
Conference close

Programme timings are meant as a guide line and are subject to change. A final programme with timings will be included in your joining instructions on registration.

Unfortunately Prof Sir Peter Hall has had to withdraw from this year's conference.

24 July 2014

Prof Sir Peter Hall has had to withdraw from this year's conference. Making the Past - Delivering the Future will now be presented by Kelvin MacDonald, Senior Visiting Fellow: Dept. of Land Economy, ...

With over 160 people already attending there is still time to book one of the remaining places on the leading annual planning law conference

24 July 2014

The 2014 Joint Planning Law Conference will maintain the traditions of the forty one that precede it by offering delegates a weekend of high quality presentations and papers on current and upcom...


Few things in life are certain. The only pleasurable one is the Oxford Joint Planning Law Conference. Every September I always know that I will come away from the weekend having experienced (1) really top quality presentations by leaders in the planning field and which have been subjected to peer review in a way that really doesn't happen elsewhere (2) the opportunity to socialise with the majority of those in the planning and planning law professions at all levels in a completely non-hierarchic...

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