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Enforcement of planning decisions

Thursday, 06 July 2017 at 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Prospero House (etc Venues), 241 Borough High St, London SE1 1GA
£349 for RTPI members (From £199 with a season ticket); Further £100 discount for NAPE members
£199 for licentiate members and independent consultants; £140 for students, unemployed and retired; £449 for non-members. All prices exclude VAT.

This briefing and workshop will explore the issue of planning enforcement, including current national policy and practice, the impact of the planning enforcement fund and the issues that practitioners need to be aware of.

Designed for all those involved in the planning enforcement process, it will provide practical guidance and advice on the key stages of the enforcement process, from identifying breaches and drafting enforcement notices through to ensuring compliance, with particular consideration given to how practitioners can avoid the common issues and challenges which arise. Delegates will also consider how the approach to planning enforcement has changed in recent years and the outlook for the future.

Benefits of attending

This briefing will provide:

  1. Practical guidance and advice on the problems and common pitfalls in this area
  2. An overview of current enforcement policy and important changes
  3. An understanding of enforcement from a private sector perspective
  4. An opportunity to discuss the issues you are experiencing with our panel of experts
  5. Insightful presentations and papers for you to take away and refer to in the future

 Who should attend?

  • Solicitors both in local authorities and in private practice
  • Enforcement officers
  • Planning consultants
  • Development control staff


Example programme

9.00 Registration and coffee

9.30 Welcome and introduction by the chair

9.40 Enforcement update

  • Planning enforcement fund – what did we learn?
  • Latest statistics on enforcement
  • Current national policy and practice on enforcement
  • Recent public/private sector initiatives

10.20 Practical advice on drafting Enforcement & Breach of Condition notices

  • Taking enforcement action – ways, means, and implications
  • What does the breach consist of?
  • What is the purpose of enforcement?
  • Don’t overdo it – no more than is necessary
  • Don’t under-do it unintentionally – s173(11)

11.00 Coffee

11.20 Local authority perspective

12.00 Enforcement – a private sector perspective

  • The system – fit for purpose?
  • Flexibility?
  • A proportionate approach?     

12.40 Panel discussion       

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Problems and pitfalls workshop

  • Enforcement policies
  • Do planners understand enforceability (get the condition right)?
  • Member knowledge and understanding
  • Delays and penalties

2.40 POCA and planning enforcement

  • Overview and applicability of POCA
  • Planning breaches to which POCA can apply
  • When to consider POCA
  • Conducting a prosecution with POCA in mind
  • Potential pitfalls

3.20 Case Law update

  • Key cases on planning enforcement policy
  • Key cases on planning enforcement
  • Notable planning enforcement appeals

4.00 Panel discussion

4.20 Chair’s closing comments

4.30 Close

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