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Bringing Forward Development - 39 Essex Chambers

Planning 146x219Will forthcoming changes to the NPPF, permitted development rights and the Housing and Development bill shift power towards or away from Local Planning Authorities?

Course level: Update

Running Time: 60 minutes 

Date of recording: 21st January 2016



The policy context: where are we going?

•    General election


•    Green Belt

•    Housing delivery

•    Solar/wind

•    Neighbourhood planning

•    Local plan expert panel

Policies: where are we going?

Consultation on NPPF changes

•    Affordable housing

•    Increased residential density around commuter hubs

•    Brownfield development

•    Small sites

•    Local plan allocations

•    Starter Homes (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (GPDO)

•    New Permitted Development (PD) Rights

•    Changes to the procedure for Article 4 Directions

•    Consolidation and replacement of the GPDO 1995 and amendments GPDO key changes

•    PD Rights – Office to Residential

•    PD Rights – Barns

The effect of the Government Review of the Rural Economy on planning

•    PD – Prior Approval

•    PD – Fracking

Housing and Planning Bill – ones to watch…

•    Starter homes

•    Neighbourhood planning

•    Local plans

•    Planning permission in principle and local registers of land

•    Permitted development rights

•    Designation for poor performance  

•    Nationally significant infrastructure projects and housing

•    Urban development corporations

•    Compulsory purchase reform


Conclusion: will power shift towards or away from the Local Planning Authority?

John Steel QCJohn Steel QC

John’s main areas of practice are planning, environmental, aviation, and compulsory purchase law. He specialises in public inquiries and judicial review. He is cited as a recommended leader by Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and UK Legal Experts.

His planning and environmental law practice has encompassed the full range of development and major infrastructure projects, including housing, employment and industrial land development, energy, minerals and waste, retail, highways and transportation, noise and emissions, ecology, engineering, architecture and historic buildings, economics, sports stadiums, racecourses and racetracks. He has represented central government departments, local authorities, regulators, major companies, landowners and developers as well as private individuals. He is an acknowledged expert with specialist knowledge in airport and aviation development, as well as aviation and aerospace regulatory law.

He is joint head of the Planning, Environment and Property law group in Chambers, head of the Aviation and Aerospace law group, is a qualified international arbitrator and CEDR accredited mediator, and practices through Chambers’ offices in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. He is also a Recorder, Bencher of Gray’s Inn, instrument rated pilot, honorary Fellow of Law of Durham University Law School, board member of Durham Global Security Institute and honorary legal adviser to the Air League.

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Jonathan DarbyJonathan Darby

Jon is listed as one of the top junior planning barristers under 35 in the Planning Magazine Guide to Planning Lawyers. His planning, environmental and property practice complements broader public and administrative law interests. Jon undertakes pleading and advisory work for a wide variety of domestic and international clients, including developers, consultants, local authorities, the Government Legal Department and the Border Agency. He appears regularly in all types of court and tribunal.

Before coming to the Bar, Jon taught Property and International Environmental Law at Cambridge University whilst completing a PhD in International Environmental Law at Queens’ College.

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