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Events

Chambers holds a rolling programme of events including seminars and breakfast briefings. They are directed towards professional clients and to relevant lay clients. FTB is a Law Society and Bar Standards Board accredited CPD provider. Seminars may qualify for CPD points under the rules of other professional governing bodies including the RTPI and RICS. For further information please contact Deirdre Mahon, Marketing Manager or one of our clerks - 020 7353 8415

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Breakfast Briefing: The Demise of Stopgap Planning Guidance - The Decision of the High Court in Skipton Properties Limited v Craven District Council

On Monday 20th March, the High Court (Jay J) handed down judgment in Skipton Properties Limited v Craven District Council [2017] EWHC 534 (Admin). In a decision that will have implications for many local authorities and developers around the country, the court has struck down an affordable housing interim policy.

This was a challenge to the adoption of interim affordable housing guidance by Craven District Council on the basis that the guidance document contained statements that fell within Regulation 5 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, and must therefore have been a development plan document or, in the alternative, a supplementary planning document. The Council had failed to comply with the procedural requirements for adopting either development plan or supplementary planning documents under the 2012 Regulations, and had also failed to carry out SEA.

This was a challenge to the adoption of interim affordable housing guidance by Craven District Council on the basis that the guidance document contained statements that fell within Regulation 5 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, and must therefore have been a development plan document or, in the alternative, a supplementary planning document. The Council had failed to comply with the procedural requirements for adopting either development plan or supplementary planning documents under the 2012 Regulations, and had also failed to carry out SEA.

The Council has been operating without a saved policy on affordable housing for the last decade and it had sought to fill that policy 'vacuum' by resorting to interim affordable housing guidance over a period of years, with the most recent version of the guidance having been adopted in August 2016. 

Mr Justice Jay allowed the claim and quashed the guidance document, finding that it was a development plan document and that it therefore required SEA. The clear implication of this decision is that there is no scope for local planning authorities to adopt stopgap or interim planning guidance in circumstances in which the subject matter of the guidance falls within the ambit of the 2012 Regulations. 

28 March 2017,  Francis Taylor building, Inner Temple, London, EC4Y 7BY

Registration over coffee and croissants from 8.00am.   Briefing 8.30 - 9.30am.  1CPD point.

Venue: Francis Taylor Building, Inner Temple, London, EC4Y 7BY
Event Speakers: Gregory Jones QC, Caroline Daly
CPD: 1 hour
Cost: There is no charge to attend this event Book now
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Seminar for local authority lawyers and planners: Changes afoot - the White Paper: fixing our broken housing market

Following publication of the Government's Housing White Paper, Chambers will be hosting a seminar for local authority lawyers and local authority planners at which Craig Howell Williams QC, Melissa Murphy and Caroline Daly will discuss its implications.

Registration from 2.00pm.  Seminar from 2.15-4.00pm

There is no charge to attend the seminar but places are limited and must be reserved in advance.

Venue: Francis Taylor Building, Inner Temple, London, EC4Y 7BY
Event Speakers: Craig Howell Williams QC, Melissa Murphy, Caroline Daly
CPD: 1.5 points
Cost: There is no charge to attend Book now
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Breakfast Briefing: The new rating appeals system; and the decision of the Supreme Court in Newbigin v Monk

From the 1st of April 2017 the Government’s new ‘Check, Challenge, Appeal’ system is due to come into force.  The consultation draft of the regulations suggested that the new rules would involve extensive curbs on the power of the Valuation Tribunal to consider new evidence and to revise rateable values.  With the final version of the regulations expected to be published very soon, this briefing with Jeremy Pike, Cain Ormondroyd and Sarah Sackman will explore the practical implications for all those involved in rating valuation and appeals.   

The briefing will also discuss the long-awaited decision of the Supreme Court in Newbigin v Monk concerning repair vs reconstruction, and consider the likely consequences for landowners and developers.

Registration over coffee and croissants - 8.00 - 8.30am.   Briefing: 8.30-9.30am

Venue: Francis Taylor Building, Inner Temple, London, EC4Y 7BY
Event Speakers: Jeremy Pike, Cain Ormondroyd, Sarah Sackman
CPD: 1
Cost: There is no charge to attend this event Book now