January 27, 2022

Online Planning Law Update Provided by Leading Planning Law Solicitors

Holmes & Hills’ team of specialist Planning Law solicitors has released a series of four Planning Law Update webcasts discussing important changes to legislation, case law and practice, available to watch online for free.

In these four online webcasts, members of Holmes & Hills Solicitors Planning and Development Team discuss the issues set out below. You can watch one or all of the online webcasts for free by completing the form on this page. You will receive an automated email with a link to the online webcasts within 15 minutes.

Four online webcasts covering

Webcast 1) Permitted Development: The Prior Approval Regime
by Steven Hopkins, Partner and Head of Planning and Development Team

Webcasts 2) and 3) Certificates of Lawfulness, Recent Developments (Parts 1 and 2)
by Michael Harman, Partner

Webcast 4) S106: Interpretation, Variation and Negotiation
by Sarah Hare, Solicitor

Webcast 1) Permitted Development: The Prior Approval Regime

Speaker: Steven Hopkins, Partner and Head of Planning and Development Team
Length: 18 Minutes

Steven Hopkins discusses the regime of Prior Approval of Permitted Development rights and the associated limitations and conditions that may apply. The webcast focuses on a number of issues that have received recent judicial attention in the Courts providing welcome clarification on the application of parts of the Prior Approval Regime. 

Steven discusses maters concerning planning authorities’ failure to determine, issues concerning extensions to determination periods, as well as the relationship between prior approval consent and relevant classes of permitted development.

Webcasts 2) and 3) Certificates of Lawfulness, Recent Developments (Parts 1 and 2)

Speaker: Michael Harman, Partner in the Planning and Development Team
Length: 17 minutes (Part 1) and 18 minutes (Part 2)

Michael Harman discusses Certificates of Lawfulness referencing a number of cases but focusing upon three critical decisions. In his first webcast, Michael focuses on discussing immunity periods, their application and complexities surrounding the issue of ‘contentious’ breaches in particular, citing a number of recent Court decisions.

In his second webcast, still covering Certificates of Lawfulness, Michael focuses on the legal nature of the right that arises and the powers of a Local Planning Authority to revoke a Certificate.

Webcast 4) S106: Interpretation, Variation and Negotiation

Speaker: Sarah Hare (Nee Cook)
Time: 18 minutes

Sarah Hare discusses three important High Court cases focusing on interpretation, variation and negotiation of S106 planning obligations. Sarah’s webcast uses one of Holmes & Hills’ own cases to discuss the High Court’s approach to the interpretation of S106 disputes. Sarah references another regional case to discuss the issue of variations and Section 73 permissions.

On negotiation, Sarah references a Court of Appeal case to discuss the relationship between Planning Committees’ resolutions to grant, officers’ reports and the scope of Members’ delegation of negotiations.

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About Holmes & Hills' Planning and Development Team

Holmes & Hills Planning and Development department is independently recognised as one of the leading teams of planning law solicitors in the country by independent referees (Chambers and partners, Planning Magazine and Legal 500).

By these independent parties, Holmes & Hills is recognised as a leading source of legal advice and representation for developers, local authorities and property owners.

The highly-regarded Planning and Development Team at Holmes & Hills has long been identified as one of the go-to teams for specialist, strategic and pragmatic advice on a wide range of planning-related issues. The Legal 500 2022 editors comment that the team provides ‘exemplary service’ and is ‘well placed to advise a mix of local authorities, landowners and private developers on both transactional and contentious mandates’ as well as being commended for public sector instructions being a core competency for the team.

Several individuals within the team are individually recognised as being experts in their field. Steven Hopkins for his 'strong foothold in both strategic and contentious spheres'. Michael Harman for his 'specialist advice and representation on blight notices and compulsory purchase orders', as well as Jo Lilliott for her 'unrivalled' expertise regarding s106 negotiation and drafting services, with clients valuing 'her excellent subject knowledge and the authority she brings to discussions'.

As one of the largest teams of specialist Planning Law solicitors in the region, Holmes & Hills advises the following clients on the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious planning and development matters:

  • Local Planning Authorities
  • Developers
  • Landowners
  • Businesses
  • Residential property owners
  • Community action groups
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