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15-17 September 2017
New College Oxford

2017 Programme

Please view our 2017 programme below:

15 September 2017

Arrival and registration, New College. Tea will be available until 18:00. Newcomers' tea with the committee 17:00 - 17:30.
Drinks reception in Cloisters at New College
Black tie dinner with keynote address by Helen Hayes (former town planner for 18 years) currently the Labour Party's Parliamentary Candidate in Dulwich and West Norwood. As Parliament has been dissolved in advance of the General Election on 8 June, there are no Members of Parliament. Any references to 'Member of Parliament' or 'MP' should be disregarded on this website.

16 September 2017

Chairman's introduction to the conference, Oxford Union
Opening address 'Doughnut Economics' Kate Raworth, Senior Visiting Research Associate, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University and author of 'Doughnut Economics'
Planning beyond Brexit - Prof Janice Morphet, Visiting Professor, Bartlett School of Planning UCL How will Brexit influence planning legislation and practice? What will stay the same, what will be lost and what will be foregone?
Creating a better housing market - Nick Walkley, Chief Executive, Homes England How will the new Homes England respond to the Housing White Paper? An expert perspective on the products and partnerships needed to increase construction and unlock the regeneration and growth of places.
Local authority planning in context - Kathryn Hall, Chief Executive, Mid Sussex District Council How planning functions in practice as part of local authority business. Key areas where planning issues affect, and are affected by, other objectives. The likely future direction of planning within local authorities.
Breaking down the barriers to housing delivery - Christine Whitehead, Emeritus Professor of Housing Economics, London School of Economics What are the real barriers to building enough homes? What role can land value capture play in financing more housing? Is finance the major issue?
Compulsory purchase - between a rock and a hard place? - Lucy Thomas, Partner, Ashurst LLP The future for comprehensive regeneration following Aylesbury. Balancing the public interest with the rights of the public.
Pimms reception - rest of the afternoon free
Optional historical and literary walking tour 'Art and Architecture'
Sweet & Maxwell Champagne Reception, New College
Black tie dinner with guest speaker Will Self, Writer and Professor of Contemporary Thought at Brunel University. Late night entertainment

17 September 2017

Breakfast, New College
Chapel, New College
Chairman's introduction
"And thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges": What future for the historic environment? - Dr Chris Miele, Senior Partner, Montagu Evans LLP Have policy and practice evolved to the point where there is now no place which is not historic? Suggestions of how we might re-balance the scales between conservation and growth.
Legal Update What have been the key issues emerging from cases over the past year? Jenny Wigley, Barrister, No5 Chambers
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.

Please read our blogs page - we have a new blog from this year's conference

26 September 2017

A Scottish perspective on community participation in planning and other issues by Kate Houghton RTPI

2017 Podcasts now available on-line

26 September 2017

Watch podcasts from this year's event here: If you missed this year's conference why don't you put the date in your diary for next year 14 -16 September 2018.


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...

Partner, SJ Berwin LLP

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