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CPD with PINS, 14 June 2022: Virtual Events, new Ministerial targets and the Levelling Up Bill

Event date: 14 Jun 2022 Event

We are pleased to announce that the next PEBA CPD event will take place at Landmark Chambers at 5.30 pm on 14 June 2022.  Representatives from PINS (including Rebecca Phillips, the Professional Lead for Planning Appeals) will be discussing their current thinking on the role of virtual events in their future operating model, the new Ministerial targets for determining appeals, and the changes they foresee as a result of the Levelling Up Bill.  After presentations by PINS, there will be time for questions.

Date: Tuesday 14 June 2022
Landmark Chambers, 180 Fleet Street, London, EC4A 2HG
Event starts at 17.30.

The event is deliberately timed to precede the PEBA Annual Dinner, which commences at 19.00 the same evening, in the hope that we can persuade you to make an evening of it. If you have not already signed up, please contact Annabel Graham Paul here, to attend the dinner.

There is no charge for this event.

Book your space at the CPD Event, please click here.

PEBA Annual Dinner 2022

Event date: 14 Jun 2022 Event

The Chairman and Committee of the Planning & Environment Bar Association request the pleasure of your company at this year’s PEBA Annual Dinner, where we will be marking the retirement of Lord Carnwath as President of PEBA, and welcoming Sir Keith Lindblom as our new President.

Date: Tuesday 14 June 2022
Location: Old Hall, Lincolns Inn, London, WC2A 3TL
Dress Code: Lounge Suits

19.00 – Drinks Reception in the Crypt
19.45 – Dinner in the Old Hall
22.45 – Carriages

Ticket prices for the Annual Dinner are:
£75 – for all members of 7 years call and more
£45 – for members of under 7 years call
£35 – for members of under 2 years call

Please be aware that places are limited for this event.

To book your place for the Annual Dinner, please contact Annabel Graham Paul here.

The Chairman and Committee look forward to welcoming you to our annual dinner.

PEBA National Conference 2022 – Confronting Change – Virtual Realities, Climate Emergency and Life after Brexit…

Event date: 27 Jun 2022 Event

Date: Monday 27 June 2022
Clyde & Co, St Botolph Building, 138 Houndsditch, London, EC3A 7AR
Registration from 9.00. Event starts at 9.30. Event finishes at 16.00.

The PEBA National Conference will assess the latest developments in planning and environmental law and assess policy and procedure in key areas. The conference will include papers from the judiciary, leading practitioners at the Bar and a leading academic in European law from Oxford University.

As we begin to focus on a living in a Post-Brexit, Post-COVID pandemic world, stepping away from lockdowns, new ways of  virtual working have emerged; and with the Government promising planning reform at a time of a climate emergency, important changes are afoot. The conference will consider some key changes to be confronted and embraced to meet the needs of clients, the expectations of Government and the huge environmental challenges that climate change poses.

As the demands on the economy grow, infrastructure gaps become increasingly apparent and the need for regeneration is undiminished, the planning system, and all who work in it, has never been under greater pressure. What changes can meet all these competing demands and produce a planning system that is faster, fairer and more responsive to current and future needs?

This year the conference is running as a hybrid event, so whether you are attending in person at Clyde & Co in London, or attending virtually it is an essential day for all those involved in and concerned about planning and the environment.

PEBA Members – £190 + VAT
PEBA Members, under 7 years of call – £75 + VAT

To book your space, please click here

PEBA on Women at the Planning Bar

Posted: 7 Mar 2022

PEBA is publishing its report on Women’s Experiences at the Planning Bar, which can be downloaded here.

New Planning and Public Law Mentoring Scheme for Underrepresented Groups at the Bar

Posted: 15 Sep 2021

Please find a copy of the Mentoring Scheme Press Release here.

PEBA Webinar “Virtual Events:  Experience to Date and the Road Ahead”

Posted: 30 Apr 2021

For those who were unable to attend to the live event, the PEBA webinar “Virtual Events:  Experience to Date and the Road Ahead” can now be downloaded here.

Featuring presentations by PINS from Rebecca Phillips (Professional Lead for Planning Appeals), Jerry Youle (Professional Lead for Local Plans) and Peter Rose (Inspector), the webinar covers some of the lessons that have been learnt about remote events over the past year, Inspector’s tips for advocates on how to manage remote inquiries, and an update on the work which PINS is carrying out on the future of remote events, post-pandemic.  Jerry Youle also provides a wider view on the process of local plan examination, and the implications of proposed reforms in this area.

Ministry of Justice Consultation

Posted: 30 Apr 2021

PEBA has responded to the attest round of consultation by the Ministry of Justice on the future of judicial review.  A copy of the response can be found here.

PEBA November Webinar – On Demand Recording

Posted: 1 Dec 2020

PEBA are delighted to include below a recording of the ‘Advocacy in the Planning Court’ webinar, which was presented by Mrs. Justice Lieven.

You can view the recording here.

Module Duration: 56 minutes.
This is a Complimentary Module. To view, please read and tick the below T&C’s button then continue to the “Buy Now” button.

Independent Review of Administrative Law

Posted: 5 Nov 2020

PEBA’s response to the Independent Review of Administrative Law can viewed here

PEBA Response to the White Paper Consultation

Posted: 2 Nov 2020

PEBA has produced a consultation response to the Government’s White Paper, Planning for the Future.

The deadline for submitting responses was 29th October 2020 and our paper can be found here

Pupil and Junior Barristers – Online Training

Posted: 16 Jun 2020

Over the last month or so, we have been offering Pupil and Junior Barristers, online training courses. Please find below all of the recordings/presentations for your use:

  • Please click here for the YouTube recording of Advocacy at Planning Appeals. This event was chaired by Tom Cosgrove QC of Cornerstone Barristers with presentations from Ian Tant, former president of the RTPI and Robert Walton QC of Landmark Chambers.
  • Please click here for a copy of the PowerPoint presentation presented by Peter Rose of the Planning Inspectorate in Week 1 of the PEBA pupil training.
  • Please click here to view the recording of the events at which Mr Justice Holgate provided advice on advocacy in the Planning Court.
  • Please click here to view the recording of the first lecture in our PEBA pupil training, given by Peter Rose of the Planning Inspectorate.


Posted: 27 Mar 2020

In respect of the impact of the Covid-19 virus, the PEBA Committee has submitted 3 documents to the Planning Inspectorate which suggest a potential way forward towards holding some hearings and simple inquiries remotely. It will be for the Planning Inspectorate to decide whether that is a possibility and if so, how it might be implemented.

The documents can be found below:

PEBA Coronavirus Way Forward 
PINS Procedure Note
Video Conferences – Technical Note

Leading Planning Cases Authority Book

Posted: 26 Nov 2019

As many of you will know, for some time now PEBA has been in discussion with the Planning Court about the production of a core volume, or bundle containing the most frequently cited planning cases. I am delighted to announce that this project has finally come to fruition, with the publication by the ICLR of the Leading Planning Cases Authority Book.

Whilst I have no doubt that everyone will be able to name at least one additional case they think should have been included, the cases selected have been chosen in close consultation with members of the Planning Court (notably Mr Justice Holgate) and Lord Justice Lindblom. Some of the well-known High Court decisions which have not been included are, of course, referred to and endorsed in more recent Court of Appeal authorities such as Mansell v Tonbridge & Malling.

The Planning Court is taking steps to ensure that all judges in the Planning Court have access to a copy of the book, in the expectation that, from 1 January 2020, it will become a standard reference work which reduces the need for the repeated, one-use-only photocopying of judgments for inclusion in the bundles of authorities in individual cases. It will also ensure that the court has cited to it the preferred reports of these cases, in accordance with Practice Direction (Citation of Authorities) [2012] 1 WLR 780.

It is not yet known whether the Planning Court will issue specific guidance on how the book should be used. In the meantime, however, Mr Justice Holgate has indicated that:

  • An advocate leaving authorities out of bundles will need to make sure that opponents appreciate that the book is being relied upon.
  • An advocate should make it clear in his, or her skeleton that the book will be cited and should give the usual citation references for the cases, plus the relevant internal pagination within the ICLR book.
  • An advocate will also need to think about supplying copies of the authorities to a litigant in person. Alternatively, the advocate could lend a copy of the book to that party.

PEBA strongly encourages all members to use the book wherever possible. Copies can be obtained from the ICLR for £95 (or £90 per volume if buying 10 or more). Details can be found at

PEBA would like to express its gratitude to Richard Ground QC and Ashley Bowes for their hard work in bringing this about.

Women in Planning

Posted: 17 Oct 2018

For those interested in news and events relevant to Women in Planning, please click here to be referred to their website.

Rosewell Review into Planning Inquiries

Posted: 16 Oct 2018

The PEBA Questionnaire Response and PEBA Response documents are available to view.

To view the PEBA Questionnaire Response, please click here

To view the PEBA Response documents, please click here

New guidance on presenting Expert Evidence as a Planner at planning appeals

Posted: 16 Oct 2018

The RTPI and PEBA have collaborated on new expert evidence advice.

To view the document, please click here

Consultation Response

Posted: 3 Aug 2018

PEBA has replied to the Consultation Paper from the Queen’s Counsel Appointments Scheme.  The response can be viewed here.

PEBA response to consultation on the draft NPPF

Posted: 11 May 2018

PEBA has recently responded to the public consultation being held by MHCLG on the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework.

A copy of the covering letter can be viewed here, and the consultation response can be viewed here.