Planning Law Update (11 September 2019)

11 September 2019

Level: Intermediate


11 September 2019, Nottingham
24 October 2019, London


9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch)

Venue 1:

Freeths, Nottingham (with Video Conferencing Equipment to Freeths’ offices in Birmingham, Leicester, Leeds, London and Sheffield)

Venue 2:

Sharpe Pritchard, London (NO VCE)

Presented by Sharpe Pritchard

Course overview

The course will look at relevant government policy, any legislation and recent case law. The starting point will be the government’s programme for increasing housing delivery. We would also expect to address other recent and related policy developments

Suitable audience:

Lawyers, planning officers, housing officers

Overview and topics to be covered include:

• the housing delivery test (when issued)
• changes to the pooling restrictions (following anticipated changes to Regulation 123 of the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended)
• other relevant changes arising from the amendments to the CIL Regulations
• July 2018 National Planning Policy Framework
• affordable housing delivery and viability ( and relevant toolkits)
• Relevant National Planning Practice Guidance
• Other relevant policy reviews (e.g. on developer contributions)

Duration: Half a day (3 training hours) including lunch

Interactive elements

Practical session with a scenario for discussion


This course will cover:

A Ethics professionalism and judgement
B Technical legal practice
B2 Legal research
B4 Draft documents
B6 Negotiation
C Working with other people
C1 Communicate clearly and effectively
D Managing themselves and their own work

Presenter profiles:

Brian Hurwitz is a partner and heads the planning law team at Sharpe Pritchard jointly with Denise Stephenson. He has many years’ experience, both in the public sector and in private practice. He has advised local authorities on plan-making and development management and negotiates and prepares section 106 agreements and highways agreements on developments involving important strategic and/or regional sites. He has frequently spoken at seminars and client training events and has written articles in the Journal of Planning and Environmental Law and Planning magazine and is a contributor on Westlaw Insight on development consent orders. Sharpe Pritchard is ranked in Planning magazine’s list of top planning lawyers, Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. The latter describes Brian as “an extremely proficient lawyer, with exceptional technical knowledge and commercial awareness”.

Denise Stephenson is a partner and heads the planning law team at Sharpe Pritchard jointly with Brian Hurwitz. She has extensive experience of major regeneration projects and has negotiated many section 106 agreements and highway agreements. This includes a large number of mixed use, estate regeneration and infrastructure projects and sport and leisure facilities. She also provides advice on environmental, listed building and conservation areas and on the community infrastructure levy. She frequently presents at seminars and client training events. She is credited in Chambers & Partners as being “an excellent lawyer who provides exceptional support on extremely complicated cases”.

Both Brian and Denise are regular trainers for EM Lawshare

Please note we offer the option to attend this course via video conference at another of our offices to make it accessible to as many EM Lawshare members as possible. We do our best to deliver the best experience we can with the technology we have, but inevitably it may not be as effective as attending the course in person. We always appreciate your feedback and make improvements if we can.

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