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The Joint Planning Law Conference for planning law professionals

The 49th Oxford Planning Law Conference Friday 17 September 2021 - Sign up below to be part of the JPLC community.
Programme Intro

The Annual Conference

JPLC 2021: BOOKING IS OPEN. We are pleased to announce that we will hold a virtual JPL conference this year on Friday 17 September 2021, as we are sadly unable to be sure that we can all meet in person in Oxford this year. 

The Oxford conference will return to New College and the Oxford Union for its big 50th year  Thursday15-Saturday 17 September 2022.  


JPLC Oxford 

The annual Joint Planning Law Conference (the JPLC - known as 'the Oxford conference') will once again bring together leading experts from across the four key professions within planning.

The JPLC, often referred to as ‘the Oxford conference’, provides the setting for vibrant discussions covering the latest issues affecting the planning industry. It’s attended each year by town planners, chartered surveyors, solicitors, barristers and developers. If you’re interested in planning and environmental issues, you’ll be in good company.

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The Topics

  • Planning Reform
  • Climate Change
  • Post Covid Recovery
  • Environment Bill
  • Legal Update

Expert Speakers

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Sarah Cary, Enfield Council
Sarah Cary, Enfield Council
Executive Director Place
Melissa Murphy, Francis Taylor Building
Melissa Murphy, Francis Taylor Building
Joanna Averley,  Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Joanna Averley, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Chief Planner
Valarie Fogleman, Stevens & Bolton LLP; Professor of Law, Cardiff University School of Law and Politics
Valarie Fogleman, Stevens & Bolton LLP; Professor of Law, Cardiff University School of Law and Politics

Learn. Network. Enjoy.


The conference offers a full programme with presentations from high-quality speakers, followed by lively discussions. Ahead of their presentations, you will receive a copy of an original research paper prepared by each speaker. Not only will these papers help to aid debate and understanding but they will become valuable reference materials for your practice.


Known for its friendly atmosphere, the conference affords a rare opportunity for open and constructive debate among a diverse group of planning professionals at all stages in their careers. At the JPLC you can expect to expand your network, catch up with old friends and colleagues, and enjoy a genuine exchange of ideas.


Held in the stunning surroundings of Oxford, central accommodation is provided in the University’s New College and the conference activities take place in the Oxford Union Debating Chamber. The programme includes drinks receptions, two black-tie dinners and time to explore the beautiful city.

Download the 2021 brochure

Download the 2021 brochure

Find out more about the 2021 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.

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