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The Joint Planning Law Conference for planning law professionals

The 52nd Oxford Planning Law Conference Friday 20 to Sunday 22 September 2024 - New College, Oxford and Rhodes House (our usual venue the Oxford Union is under refurbishment this year).

The September JPLC conference is always something to look forward to, with its combination of informative talks at the Oxford Union, the opportunity to meet old and new friends at formal and informal social events.

Last year we covered a wide range of planning related issues including climate change, housing, and infrastructure delivery and providing technical and practical knowledge to help us all in our day to day work.

- The website will be updated with 2024 programme and details around Easter time. Bookings will open after Easter 2024.

- If you are unable to attend this year sign up below to be part of the JPLC community.

- If you/your organisation is interested in supporting the conference in way of sponsorship or supporting our 'next gen or local authority scheme' or an element of the conference for 2024 please email for further details.
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Programme Intro

The Annual Conference

JPLC Oxford: Connecting the professions - dissecting the issues

The Joint Planning Law Conference (JPLC) – known as “The Oxford Conference” – brings together leading experts from across the four key professions in planning.

Attended each year by town planners, chartered surveyors, solicitors, barristers, and developers, with an interest in planning law and environmental issues, the 51st JPLC promises vibrant multi-disciplinary discussion on the latest issues affecting the planning industry. If you’re interested in planning and environmental issues, you’ll be in good company.

See the 2023 Programme

The Topics

  • Embodied Carbon - What's the big issue and why is it important to planning
  • Renewable Energy Development - A bright and breezy future?
  • Daylight and Sunlight: a new dawn?
  • Reform Tomorrow: What is the latest from governent?
  • A View from Hillside: How the Supreme Court is Shaping Planning in Practice.
  • Legal Update: Key issues emerging from cases over the past year. 

Expert Speakers from 2023 Conference

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Dame Helen Ghosh DCB
Dame Helen Ghosh DCB
Master of Balliol College and previously Director-General of the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty
Rageh Omaar
Rageh Omaar
Joanna Averley
Joanna Averley
Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities
Chief Planner
Zack Simons
Zack Simons
Landmark Chambers

Learn. Network. Enjoy.


The conference offers a full programme with presentations from the leading speakers in their fields, followed by opportunities for questions and discussions. Each speaker prepares an original, in-depth research paper. Distributed first to JPLC delegates, these papers will be valuable reference materials for your practice.


Known for its friendly atmosphere, the conference affords a rare opportunity for open and constructive debate amongst diverse groups of planning professionals at all stages in their careers. Expand your network, catch up with old friends and colleagues, and enjoy a genuine exchange of ideas.


The JPLC is residential and held in the beautiful surroundings of Oxford, with ensuite accommodation in the University’s New College and conference activities in the Oxford Union Debating Chamber. The programme includes drinks receptions, two dinners including a Black Tie Gala Dinner, and time to explore the city.

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Become a conference sponsor

Email for all the available packages.

Download the 2023 brochure

Download the 2023 brochure

Find out more about the 2023 conference by downloading the brochure in PDF format for more detailed information about the event.


Not sure this conference is the right fit for you?

Take a look through the website to get a flavour of what you can expect. If you are still not sure, please contact us at or call 07879 228775 and we'll be happy to discuss the event with you and answer any questions.