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16-18 September 2016
New College Oxford



Please view our 2015 programme below:

18 September 2015

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 Liz Peace CBE

19 September 2015

Chairman's introduction
The Planning Court Is One Year Old How has the Planning Court fared in its first year? - a judge's view. Mr Justice Lindblom, Lead Judge of the Planning Court and President of the Lands Chamber of the Upper Tribunal
Questions and discussion
How Many Houses Should We Plan For? Do local plans rely too much on household projections, and if so, is there an alternative? Dame Kate Barker DBE, Non-Executive Director, Taylor Wimpey
Questions and discussion
Grow Your Own Garden City: How We Doubled The Size of Uxcester David won the Wolfson Economics Prize 2014. His winning essay argued for the near-doubling of existing large towns in line with garden city principles rather than build freestanding Garden Cities. He imagined a fictional town, Uxcester, in order to develop the concept, but also look at how it might be applied to Oxford. David will talk about his essay as well as the response to it and the work that has practice has been doing since the win to apply the ideas in different locations. In doing this he will use garden cities as a starting point for a wider discussion about the house building industry, the value of land, greenbelt policy and the working of the planning system. David Rudlin, Director, URBED (Urbanism Environment and Design)
Questions and discussion
From Consent to Construction How to design, submit and determine planning applications to maximise flexibility for future delivery of a project. How to amend schemes using applications under section 73 or section 96A or new planning applications. Strategies for overcoming the key issues. Clare Fielding, Partner, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP and Mike Kiely, Director of Planning, London Borough of Croydon
Questions and discussion
Pimms Reception
Optional walking tour of Oxford's famous film sites - Oxford is one of Britain's busiest and most instantly recognisable places for film and TV drama locations. See the backdrop for historical recreations and literary adaptations from fantasies to thrillers. Hear of the links with some of the biggest names in cinematic history.
Sweet & Maxwell Champagne Reception, New College
Black tie dinner with guest speaker Ben Page, Chief Executive, Ipsos MORI. Late night entertainment

20 September 2015

Breakfast from 07:30 until 09:00. Chapel will take place at 8:00 (beside Cloisters)
Chairman's introduction
Heritage Assets and Their Setting: Views from a Lawyer and a Practitioner A legal and practical update on how to deal properly with the setting of heritage assets affected by development proposals including a review of recent cases on the point Nigel Hewitson, Partner, BrookStreet des Roches LLP and Dr Nigel Barker, Planning and Conservation Director London, Historic England
Questions and discussion
Legal Update What have been the key issues emerging from cases over the past year? Saira Kabir Sheikh QC, Francis Taylor Building
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.

Lionel Read QC

15 November 2015

It is with great sadness that the JPLC committee have learnt of the death of Lionel Read QC.

Queen's birthday honours list 2015: OBE

13 June 2015

Congratulations to JPLC organising committee member Adrian Penfold, Head of Planning British Land and Author, Penfold Review for his OBE for services to the Property Industry and public service to Pla...


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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