The Changing Face of Development Control

The Changing Face of Development Control


CategorySeminar Archive Author Richard Harwood OBE QC, Richard Wald Date

Within the last year several important changes have been made to the development control system. Some of these changes will have a direct impact on the way developers and local authorities conduct their business. But how big an impact will these changes have? Will the development control system be more streamlined, responsive and flexible as the Government intends or will the critics be proved right and the process become more cumbersome and contentious?

This seminar will focus on the more far reaching changes such as the recent changes to the Use Classes Order, the duration of permissions and consents, temporary stop notices, the forthcoming ban on mezzanine floors, planning obligations, the possible introduction of the planning gain supplement and the changes to the planning application process. At a time when London is gearing itself up for the 2012 Olympics and with the Crossrail Bill before Parliament the seminar will also address the changes made to the handling of major infrastructure projects.

Martin Edwards qualified as a solicitor in 1981 working both in local government and private practice before transferring to the Bar in 1995. He practices in all aspects of planning and local government law including compulsory purchase and environmental law. He has a Masters degree in environmental law. He has represented clients in the High Court, Court of Appeal and recently represented the Government of Montserrat before the Privy Council in a compulsory purchase case. He appears regularly at planning inquiries for developers and planning authorities. He is a case editor (with Richard Harwood) for the Journal of Planning and Environment Law and co-author of the Estates Gazettes Planning Notes column. He is recommended for planning law in the Legal 500 (2005/06) edition.

Richard Harwood is a barrister specialising in planning, environmental, parliamentary and public law at 39 Essex Street Chambers. Leading cases he has appeared in include Burkett (judicial review time limits); Lebus, Goodman, Prokopp, Younger Homes and Candlish (EIA); Bovis (bias) and defending the judicial review of the Royal London Hospitals PFI scheme. He appeared in the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Bill hearings and is advising clients on the Crossrail Bill. Recent significant inquiries include 1350 houses at Bognor Regis, a road and bridge scheme at Boston, Lincolnshire and appearing for English Heritage in the Greenside listed building inquiry.
Richard is recommended by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 for planning and environmental and by Planning magazine. A case editor of the Journal of Planning and Environment Law, he is a co-author of the Law Societys guide to the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. Richard is a member of the Advisory Panel on Standards for the Planning Inspectorate and the committee of the Planning and Environment Bar Association.

Richard Wald specializes in all aspects of Planning, Environmental, Local Government, Highways and Administrative Law. He is the co-author of Butterworths Highways Law and Practice (2002), and the General Editor of Sweet and Maxwells Encyclopaedia of Environmental Law. In 2001 he was appointed to the Attorney General’s C-Panel of prosecution counsel. For the last three years he has been ranked by Planning Magazine as one of the UKs top planning barristers under 35, currently in the top 10. He is also ranked by Chambers and Partners.


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