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In 2019 the economic landscape remains uncertain and therefore both the possibilities and challenges ahead, are endless.

This year's conference theme, “Shining a Light”, is picked up in papers which will variously light a beacon for the promotion of health in planning and for landscape-led design, unravel the intricacies of sunlight and daylight assessment, explain how to do Joint Planning, illuminate what might lie at the end of the Brexit tunnel, and highlight recent developments in enforcement and case law.

Our prestigious speakers will guide you through the dynamic issues facing the planning industry today, as follows:

Friday 13th September 2019


Arrival, registration and tea (17:00 Newcomers’ welcome tea with the organising committee) New College


Drinks reception in Cloisters, New College


Black tie dinner with keynote address by Roger Madelin CBE, Head of Canada Water Development, British Land

Saturday 14th September 2019


Breakfast, New College


Conference chair’s introduction, Paul Brown QC, Oxford Union

Opening address - Healthy Planning

The promotion of public health has been a core objective of planning since its inception. But today a heavy burden of ill health comes not from infectious disease and accidents, but from chronic non-communicable disease, and much of it is avoidable. In partnership with planners and developers the NHS has been pioneering new approaches to designing new settlements.

Sir Malcolm Grant CBE Hon FRCP Hon MRTPI Hon MRICS, Chancellor of the University of York, former Chairman of NHS England, Emeritus President and Provost of UCL, former Editor of the Encyclopedia of Planning Law and Practice



Big and Beautiful: Landscape led placemaking at scale

This session will examine the importance of landscape and the public realm in the creation of large scale new places. Tracing the history of landscape architecture through figures like Joseph Paxton and 19th and 20th century designers such as Gertrude Jekyll and Dan Kiley to contemporary practitioners and Ecological Urbanists, Louise Wyman will draw on her experience working for Homes England to explain how and why Landscape Architects are becoming the driving force behind the creation of new places such as Garden Towns across England, and Garden Suburbs across France, Germany and the Netherlands.

Louise Wyman, Mayor’s Design Advisor, West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)

Shining a light on the BRE

Gordon Ingram of GIA will explore the relevance of BRE and other approaches to assessing daylight and sunlight as part of a wider consideration of amenity. How should the BRE guidelines be deployed in city centres and beyond? He will demonstrate the consequences of breaches of the guidelines and the use of modern technology. Annabel Graham Paul will discuss how to avoid the pitfalls of judicial review challenges as in Rainbird v London Borough of Tower Hamlets (March 2018) and Guerry v London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (November 2018) where the court agreed that the developer's assessment had misapplied the methodology of the BRE’s guidelines.

Annabel Graham Paul, Francis Taylor Building and Gordon Ingram, Senior Partner, GIA



Rediscovering the Art of Strategic Planning


Martin Tugwell, BSc (Hons) CEng FCIHT MICE, Programme Director, England Economic Heartland & President CIHT

Environmental Law and Planning: The Road Ahead

Current trends in the influence of environmental law on planning including developments in EIA and habitats; the effect of Brexit and Post-Brexit environmental regulation: the creation of the Office for Environmental Protection; the OEP’s role in relation to planning; and future developments and the OEP.

David Elvin QC, Landmark Chambers


Pimms reception - rest of the afternoon free


Optional historical walking tour of Oxford


Sweet & Maxwell champagne reception, New College


Black tie dinner with guest speaker Dr Louise Brooke-Smith OBE HonDTech, BSc(Hons) DipTP FRICS MRTPI, International Development & Strategic Planning Advisor and Non-Executive Director, Consilio Strategic Consultancy Ltd, in New College Dining Hall followed by late night entertainment

Sunday 15th September 2019


Breakfast, New College


Chapel, New College


Conference chair’s introduction, Paul Brown QC, Oxford Union

Planning Enforcement

What is in the local authority toolbox? How does an owner or occupier respond? Recent case law and current themes including proceeds of crime, decisions to prosecute and concealment. Does the system help and reward those who work to find compromises?

Daniel Farrand, Legal Director, Mishcon de Reya LLP

Legal Update

What have been the key issues emerging from cases over the past year?

Estelle Dehon, Cornerstone Barristers


Conference Close


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