Cornerstone Barristers Planning Day 2023

06 Nov 2023, 9:30 am to 7:00 pm


Cornerstone Planning & Environment team


Royal College of Surgeons of England, 38 – 43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3PE


From £155
Planning & Environment

Aimed at planning specialists, solicitors, and policymakers, this year’s Planning Day will address hot topics in planning, including renewable energy development, urban design, green belt, the National Planning Policy Framework, air quality and aviation emissions, plus a round-up of all the latest case law and an overview of the planning system 2010-23.

We are pleased to announce that Johanna Boyd, Chief Executive of Planning Aid Scotland (PAS), will deliver the keynote speech.

The conference will be followed by a complimentary drinks reception, an ideal forum to meet our barristers and hear their expert views in an informal environment, as well as exchange ideas with other planners and solicitors.

We recommend booking early to take advantage of our early bird offer, which allows anyone making a purchase before 10th October to do so at the discounted rate of £155 + VAT per person. Thereafter, the cost per ticket will be £185 + VAT.

Attendees will also receive a free booklet of exclusive articles written by our expert speakers, available nowhere else.

We hope you can join us, and we look forward to seeing you then.

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Watch our video below from last year’s Planning Day, to get a sense of what to expect from the conference, and view the programme below.

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  • Programme
    Please note timings and content are subject to change

    09:15     Registration and refreshments


    09:30     Chair’s address

    Speaker: Michael Bedford KC


    09:40     Keynote address – Johanna Boyd

    The Chief Executive of Planning Aid Scotland, Johanna Boyd, will share recent developments in planning north of the border that we can learn from, including their approach to climate change.

    10:00     Key changes to planning appeals system in recent years: A practical guide

    This session will  focus on a number of changes that have taken place recently to planning appeals procedures including the criteria that the Planning Inspectorate uses, as well as offering practical advice for stakeholders as they navigate these systems.

    Speakers: Clare ParryEd Grant


    10:30     Case law update

    A round up of the most important developments from the past 12 months.

    Speakers: Verity BellJack Barber


    11:00     Break and networking


    11:30     Delivering renewable energy: a wind of change and a place in the sun?

    The need for new renewable energy infrastructure has never been greater. This session from two of Cornerstone’s renewable energy experts will explore how new solar, wind and other renewable energy developments can be successfully delivered on the ground.

    Speakers: Robert WilliamsRuchi Parekh


    12:00     An environmental smorgasbord: from BNG to ESG

    Join two of Cornerstone’s leading planning barristers for a smorgasbord environmental session, covering all you need to know from BNG to ESG.

    Speakers: Estelle Dehon KC, Ryan Kohli


    12:30     Environmental Impact Assessment: recent legal issues, and a taste of the future in the shape of Environmental Outcomes Reports.

    This session will include an update on law and guidance relevant to EIA practice; perspectives on the significance and/or outcome of the Supreme Court’s judgment in Finch v Surrey County Council, plus an upbeat assessment of the Government’s Environmental Outcomes Proposals (EOR) report.

    Speakers: Harriet TownsendNina Pindham


    13:00     Lunch and networking


    14:00     Urban design

    This session will include an overview of design codes and the government’s beauty commission: what impact has this had on approving development? Plus discussion of future design trends: designing for heat, adaptation and re-use.

    Speakers: Richard Ground KCMatt Lewin


    14:30     How to get planning permission for your residential scheme in the Green Belt

    Our speakers will look at a range of recent decisions in Green Belt cases and offer their views on how to maximise your chances of gaining permission for a residential scheme in the Green Belt, including: Properly assessing harm, identifying and maximising benefits, the role of local plans, and housing land supply.

    Speakers: Josef CannonAshley BowesEmma Dring


    15:00     Coffee break


    15:15     Environmental panel

    Speakers: Tom Cosgrove KC (chair), Estelle Dehon KCNina Pindham and Ruchi Parekh.


    16:00     Hot topics in planning panel

    16:45     Drinks reception


    19:00     Carriages