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Zoom webinar series on Local Plans - SEA/SA and Spatial Strategies


11:00 - 12:00

James Findlay QC, Rob Williams, Emma Dring



Following on from the introduction to elements of local plans webinar, the Cornerstone planning team will host a series of webinars drilling down into many of the key elements of the local planning process.

The first one of the series will be on SEA/SA and Spatial Strategies. 

Sustainability appraisal, strategic environmental assessment and Habitats Regulations assessment are fundamental to the production of a robust spatial strategy and, ultimately, a sound Local Plan. They are often also the target of legal challenges to Local Plans. Failures in the process can be fatal, and can give rise to lengthy and costly litigation.

This webinar will provide an overview of the processes, and discuss some of the key practical considerations, informed by recent cases including Aireborough Neighbourhood Development Forum v Leeds City Council [2020] EWHC 1461 and Compton PC v Guildford BC [2019] EWHC 3242 (in which James and Rob successfully resisted a challenge to Guildford's new local plan).

The speakers will also provide a legal update on Habitats Regulations assessment, and discuss some of the pitfalls, as well as how to avoid them

Other webinars on the series include

1. Joint planning across authority lines - 16 July – Michael Bedford QC, Dr Ashley Bowes - BOOK HERE
2. Green Belt release - 23 July – Paul Shadarevian QC, Jonathan Clay, Wayne Beglan - BOOK HERE
3. Viability and funding infrastructure, including in relation to Garden Communities – 30 July – Michael Bedford QC, Wayne Beglan, Clare Parry - BOOK HERE

The webinar is free of charge, however registration is required. Please click on the Book Your Place button on this page to register on Zoom.

Please note that registrations close on 9 July at 10:30.

Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email within a few hours with the link to join the webinar on the day. Check your junk folder in case you haven't received it.

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You need a Zoom account to register to the webinar, so sign up to Zoom if you haven't done it yet.

If you have any issues, please contact us on events@cornerstonebarristers.com or 020 7421 1993.