White Papers or White Elephants?

White Papers or White Elephants?


CategorySeminar Archive Author Stephen Tromans QC, Richard Wald Date

This year has seen the unveiling of two major government papers affecting Environmental and Planning law:

First, The Energy White Paper – Meeting the Energy Challenge which sets out the Government’s international and domestic energy strategy and in particular the UK Government’s response to the challenges of (i) climate change and reducing CO2 emission at home & abroad and (ii) ensuring secure, clean and affordable energy.

Secondly, The Planning White Paper – Planning for a Sustainable Future which proposes major changes that will affect developers, public authorities and objectors operating in planning and broadly sets out Government actions in response to the Barker and Eddington Reviews.

Stephen Tromans and Richard Wald, dealing with the Energy and Planning White Paper respectively, offer a seminar which will outline the key elements of each of these and the implications of them for practitioners of environmental and planning law.

Each speaker will consider:
–  What the White Paper contains
–  What the White Paper lacks
–  Likely practical implications
–  Pitfalls and how to avoid them

Stephen Tromans practises in the field of environmental and planning law, with related work in commercial, contract, public, EC and energy law. During 2006 he has been involved in a number of reported cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and European Court of Justice on matters such as environmental assessment, pollution control, waste legislation, and radioactive waste disposal. His books include titles on contaminated land, nuclear installations, environmental impact assessment and planning law.

Richard Wald practices in all areas of Environmental and Planning Law. He is General Editor of Sweet & Maxwell’s Encyclopaedia of Environmental Law (with Justine Thornton) and co-author of Butterworth’s Highways Law and Practice. In 2000 he was appointed to the Attorney General’s C-Panel of Prosecution Counsel. He has been rated as a leading junior in Environmental Law by Chambers & Partners for the last two years and as a leading planning junior by Planning Magazine.


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