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PEBA National Conference 2020

Back to Basics? Simplifying Planning for a New Decade 

This year’s Planning and Environment Bar Association’s National Conference is taking place in the shadow of COVID 19. Due to the restraints of meeting in person, the conference programme has been modified and augmented and split into sections: a live virtual debate and all original presentations recorded. The video and learned papers will be available on demand. This event is now free. 


Start Date Venue Price  
2 October 2020 Virtual Debate and On-Demand Sessions    

Note: All prices are to be paid in GBP and are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate

Event duration: Day Event Split into 3 Sections (Whole Event 5 hours CPD).
Registration from: 13.55 for Live Virtual Session Only. Event starts at: 14.00. Event finishes at: 15.00.

BOOKING NOTE: This event is FREE but you must still BOOK this event using the above button. Please select the pay by 'invoice' option during the booking process for the booking to complete.

Delegates will be get all the presentations and papers, and be able to join PEBA LIVE 2020, the live virtual debate on the 2nd October.   

Section 1: First Release of Presentations - 1st October 

Section 2: Second Release of Presentations - 2nd October

Section 3: PEBA LIVE 2020 - a Live Virtual Event -  2nd October (Reg: 13.55, Starts 14.00, Finishes 15.00)

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The 2020 PEBA National Conference will assess the latest developments in planning and environmental law and assess policy and procedure in key areas. 

The event will be chaired by Paul Brown QC, Chair of PEBA. The event will be run as a series of pre-recorded talks and papers from leading practitioners at the Bar; a keynote address from The Right Hon Lord Sales, Justice of The Supreme Court and this year the Frances Patterson Paper is being delivered by Lady Justice Andrews. These pre-recorded presentations will all be made available to watch on-demand and will be followed by a live virtual debate with 3 Silks, a Court of Appeal Planning Judge and the PEBA chair.

At the start of a new decade, there are many challenges facing the planning system. A newly elected government has promised a radical change to the planning system and is consulting on ambitious reforms to deliver more housing and infrastructure.

Climate change and the need for serious action in that regard are key issues for the planning system. The presentations will examine the latest developments and proposals for environmental law and action to address climate change as the UK leaves the EU.

The role of local and neighbourhood plans in delivering housing will be considered, as will the interplay between planning and licensing regimes and the implications for the night time economy. Leading experts will also consider the latest government proposals for planning and the environment and assess whether, what is now proposed for the planning system will deliver, what is required for the decade ahead.

As well as looking to the future, the event will provide a comprehensive assessment of the key case law over the last year.



Section 1: Pre-Recorded Presentations Released 1 October:

Welcome and Introduction by Conference Chairman
Paul Brown QC, Chairman of PEBA

Keynote Address
The Right Hon Lord Sales, Justice of The Supreme Court

Environmental Law and Planning - The Latest Developments
David Elvin QC

Local and Neighbourhood Plans - Have They and Will They Solve the Housing Crisis? 
Suzanne Ornsby QC & Caroline Daly

Section 2: Pre-Recorded Presentations Released 2 October: 

Welcome and Introduction by Conference Chairman
Paul Brown QC, Chairman of PEBA

The Frances Patterson Paper
The Rt. Hon. Lady Justice Andrews, Lady Justice of Appeal

Review of Latest Government Proposals for Planning Reform
Richard Harwood OBE QC & Katherine Barnes

Plans and Pints - Time to Take a Fresh Look at Planning and Licensing
Sarah Clover & Freddie Humphreys

Case Law Update - A Review of the Key Decisions in the Last Year
Ashley Bowes & James Corbet Burcher

Section 3: Live Virtual Debate 2 October:

Welcome and Introduction by Conference Chairman
Paul Brown QC, Chairman of PEBA

Panel Debate Focusing Upon the Future of Planning

Panel Chair: Paul Brown QC                                                                                                                                          Panel: The Rt. Hon. Lady Justice Andrews, Lady Justice of Appeal, David Elvin QC, Suzanne Ornsby QC and Richard Harwood OBE QC