Bristol Planning Law and Policy Conference – Localism in Practice

Issue date: 21 November 2011


The 12th Bristol Planning Law and Policy Conference will take place on Thursday 24 November 2011 at Bristol Marriott City Centre Hotel, Bristol. The key theme of the conference is the implications of the Coalition Government's agenda for changes to the planning system. Central to these changes is the involvement of local communities in preparing neighbourhood plans. The conference is particularly well timed as the Localism Act 2011 received royal assent on 15 November.

Key speakers include: Bob Neill, Planning Minister, Communities and Local Government (CLG), Steve Quartermain, Chief Planner to CLG and Stephen Tromans QC from 39 Essex Street Chambers, who will give a legal update. All the speakers will discuss the implications of these changes and case studies of localism in practice will bring the subject to life.

Lord Prescott will give the after dinner speech at the conference. The organisers have arranged for Lord Prescott, a known car enthusiast, to be met at Bristol Temple Meads station in a restored 1953 Bristol 403, an iconic car that might be seen as an emblem of the City.

Conference Organiser, Sandra Manley says of this year's conference, “This is a time of great change within planning law and policy and this conference is an excellent opportunity for professionals to get a clear and up to date picture of the changes that are happening. We will be taking a look at economic planning at a sub regional level and looking at the practicalities of localism. We will be looking to the future to see what shape public engagement might take in the light of the Localism Act.”

The Conference has, for the last 12 years, provided an excellent opportunity to meet and hear the views of experts in the field of planning, development and law and to exchange ideas with other practitioners.

For more information visit:The 12th Bristol Planning Law and Policy Conference

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