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The Conference will again take place in the world famous Oxford Union.

The Union is the world's most prestigious debating society, with an unparalleled reputation for bringing international guests and speakers to Oxford. This very location has hosted debates and speakers stretching back to 1823, at a time when the free exchange of ideas was a notion foreign to the restrictive University authorities.

Steeped in history, Oxford Union became the place for students to discuss political topics whilst at Oxford. W.E. Gladstone, later to become one of the greatest British Prime Ministers, was one of the leading figures of the Union's early years and was President of the Union in 1830. Many others followed him into the world of politics and the Union can boast dozens of former members who, after being an active Union member, have gone on to become both nationally and internationally prominent figures.

For more information, take a look at the Oxford Union website here:

New College

Accommodation at New College

The perfect host to the Joint Planning Law Conference, New College is one of the largest Oxford colleges near the centre of town. The front quadrangle, dining hall, chapel and cloisters were built within a few years of the College's foundation in 1379. This was the first time that an entire scheme had been built in this way, and it formed a model for later colleges. Over the centuries, some reconstruction and much new building work has taken place but it still remains picturesque.

New College Acc

Guest Accommodation

Two nights' bed and breakfast accommodation in the classic single study rooms is included in the delegate fee.

The facilities in each room include:

  • Free Internet access (Ethernet)
  • Access to tea and coffee making facilities
  • Towels, linen and welcome toiletries
  • Most rooms now have ensuite facilties – so early booking advised.
Balliol College Dinner

Dinners – New College Dining Hall

There are two formal, black-tie dinners which include a superb range of food and wines, all of which are included in the delegate fee. These take place in the beautiful Dining Hall at New College.

We guarantee two fantastic, friendly evenings with no formal seating plan. It’s a great chance to network with other professionals in the planning field. Don’t worry if it’s your first time, there are plenty of JPLC 'new faces’' as well as returning 'old timers'...

To start the festivities off, pre-dinner receptions will be held in Cloisters on Friday evening and in the Gardens of New College beside the Mound (weather permitting) on Saturday evening.

If you still have some energy left after your first full conference day and dinner, there will also be a disco on Saturday evening in the new bar area at New College.


Download the 2019 brochure

Find out more about the 2019 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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