Free Webinar - The Impact of Coronavirus on Planning

Publish date: 28/05/2020

09.30 - 10.30

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The current pandemic has had a significant impact on the administration of the planning system and the role of local authority planning committees in particular. This webinar will explore some of the key changes, including the various temporary legislative alterations, the new regulations concerning virtual meetings as they relate to planning committees, and the steps being taken by the RTPI and the Planning Inspectorate during the crisis. The webinar will also review the effects of coronavirus on wider planning issues including planning obligations, CIL in the context of the recent MHCLG guidance, housing delivery and 5 Year Supply. It will also include discussions on the speakers' experiences of advising at virtual planning committees, the governance issues associated with virtual decision making, and general public participation issues.


Dennis Hall, Bulletin Editor, LLG
Our Bulletin Editor, Dennis Hall, will make the opening presentation. Dennis has been a monitoring officer, head of service, and team leader in a number of north-east local authorities. His specialisms include governance, commercial law and town and country planning. He is a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute and has had extensive experience of conducting appeals case work and planning committee attendance. His other specialisms include procurement law and general local government legal practise . He is a Standards Committee member, councillor and serves on Law Society committees

Bob Pritchard, Partner, Weightmans
Bob is a Partner in Weightmans' planning & infrastructure team. He is a specialist planning solicitor and has also worked at a senior level in local government including in head of legal and monitoring officer roles. Bob is a Legal Associate of the RTPI, a member of the TCPA and a member of RIBA's specialist Planning Group. He is a visiting lecturer in planning matters at Leeds Beckett University and Birmingham City University and regularly writes on topical issues in the planning press including a regular column on legal issues in Town & Country Planning, the Journal of the TCPA.

Rachel McKoy, Head of Contracts and Commercial, London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Rachel heads up the Planning, Property and Regeneration, and Contracts Legal Teams at Tower Hamlets. She is a specialist planning and infrastructure solicitor with broad commercial experience acquired throughout her career within the public sector. Rachel has worked at various local authorities and central government (Department of Transport - Rail Major Projects and Commercial, Roads and Rail Teams) on several national infrastructure projects including High Speed Rail (HS2), East West Rail, Thames Tunnel and various DCO's /TWAO's on behalf of the Transport and Works Act Unit. Rachel is the Deputy Vice President of Lawyers in Local Government and the National Lead in Planning and Environmental Law. She is also the past Chief Projects Assessor for the Diploma in Local Government Law and Practice.