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Local Plan preparation: a practical guide to achieving an adoptable plan


09:30 - 15:20

CPD Hours

Michael Bedford, Wayne Beglan QC, Rob Williams and Emma Dring


Cornerstone Barristers, 2-3 Gray's Inn Square, London, WC1R 5JH

Having an up-to-date Local Plan is the best way to ensure that spatial planning delivers locally-led solutions to the perennial challenge of meeting needs whilst respecting environmental and other constraints.

However, the new burdens imposed by the Courts, along with the planned reforms to the NPPF, including the refresh of the 'soundness' tests, the housing delivery test, and new obligations in relation to the Duty to Co-operate, make the task of achieving an adoptable Local Plan harder than ever before.

The seminar will examine the process of plan-preparation as a whole, looking at both procedural and substantive issues, including legal challenge matters, with reference to case studies and examples of good practice. There will be opportunities for questions from the audience and experience sharing.

If you have specific issues you would like to see addressed, please let us know by email when booking your place.

09:30 - Registration and refreshments

09:45 - Plan preparation: the evidence base 

10:30 - DtC, SEA/SA, HRA and other legal pitfalls 

11:10 - Tea & Coffee

11:30 - Dealing with the difficult issues: OAN, Green Belt reviews, G&Ts 

12:15 - Consultation to Publication and Submission

13:00 - Lunch

14:00 - The Examination including Main Mods -

14:40 - Legal challenges: before, during, after 

15:15 - Closing remarks 

15:20 - End