Friday, 6 October 2017


In addition to publishing my new book, “ The Essential Guide to the Use of Land and Buildings under the Planning Acts”, BATH PUBLISHING are also organising a seminar on The Use of Land and Buildings: Current Legal Issues, in conjunction with Keystone Law, which will held at the RIBA at 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD on Friday 17 November.

This will be a morning event, starting at 10.00 a.m. (with registration from 9.30) and is timed to finish at around 1.00 p.m., including a mid-morning coffee break. The charge for this event will be a very reasonable £140 +VAT if you book before 31 October (saving £25 on the full price). This includes a copy of both the print and digital editions of my new book (worth £75), which will be given to all delegates to the event. (The price for the book alone is £50 for the print edition and the same for the digital edition, or £75 for the two together.)

The seminar will cover some of the major issues that affect the use of land and buildings and material changes of use, including unlawful uses. There will also be an update on permitted changes of use, covering legislative amendments and judgments within the past 12 months. Ample time will be allowed for questions, which will be discussed by our expert panel.

You can read more about the programme and venue at:

Professional delegates will be able to claim 2½ hours’ CPD for this event.

Places at the seminar are limited so it will be ‘first come, first served’. Don’t delay. You can book your place now by clicking on the button on the the seminar icon on the left-hand side of this page.



  1. Would it explore the fact that the Secretary of State said that planning is about the use of land and not the identity or characteristic of the user?

  2. The short answer to Evan’s question is ‘No’. But the only reason for this is that the point to which he draws attention is axiomatic. It is a fundamental principle of planning law and practice that the identity or characteristic of the user are not material considerations in the determination of any application for permission, consent or approval under the planning legislation.

    There is, however, just one exception to this in Wales. In certain areas, the desire of the Welsh Assembly Government to protect Welsh language and culture has led to policies being adopted that seek to restrict the occupation of certain properties to Welsh-speakers. This is controversial, but I cannot recall off-hand whether any such decisions have been struck down by the courts.

    The ‘cop out’ for me is that the new book, like the previous one (and also the seminar), applies to ENGLAND ONLY, precisely because Welsh planning law is now beginning to diverge from English law to such an extent that it is becoming impracticable to explain all the differences.