The Planning System in 2018

Planning is characterised by continuous change in legislation, procedures, practice and case law and practitioners struggle to keep abreast of it all. This annual course is designed to meet the need for a concise and accessible update. It examines the implementation of legislation and the effects on practice of the seemingly endless flow of new statutory instruments and changes to government policies set out in National Planning Practice Guidance and the National Planning Policy Framework. Brexit and the general election outcome have given further impetus to change and the Courts remain busy testing the lawfulness of decisions.

This course covers inter alia:

  • recent political changes and emerging issues
  • main planning provisions of amending legislation from the Localism Act 2011 to the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017
  • the National Planning Policy Framework and National Planning Practice Guidance
  • changes to statutory instruments: use classes; permitted development; and development management procedure
  • planning obligations and the Community Infrastructure Levy
  • key cases
  • what next?

Bernard Webster is now a Visiting Lecturer in the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying at the University. He originally qualified as a planner in 1970 and since 1973 has worked in surveying higher education, including delivering more than 250 CPD sessions on planning topics.

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Bernard Webster BA DipTP FRICS, University of Portsmouth


The Hog’s Back Hotel Farnham GU10 1EX


Wednesday 28 March 2018, 9:20am–12:40pm

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