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Planning Reform Bill Seminar

THE Planning Bill 2008 was introduced in the House of Commons in November 2007, heralding major changes in the planning system. To help explain these changes, the specialist planning team at solicitors Aaron & Partners LLP have organized a free-to-attend evening seminar (4.00pm to 6.30pm) on Monday 3 March 2008 at Aaron & Partners’ Manchester offices: Pall Mall Court, 61–67 King Street, Manchester M2 4PD.

The Planning Bill covers a wide range of matters, including: the creation of a new system of development consent for nationally significant infrastructure projects; the creation of a new independent body called the Infrastructure Planning Commission, which will deal with applications for development consent where there is a national policy statement; the introduction of national policy statements, which will set the operational framework for the Commission; the simplification and streamlining of existing planning regimes; and the introduction of a new planning charge known as the community infrastructure levy.

Although the Bill is dominated by the new regime for major infrastructure projects, it is the changes to the existing planning system and the new levy that are likely to be of a primary interest to anyone involved with, or interested in keeping up to date with, planning law and practice.

Key speakers at the seminar will include Frances Patterson QC, specialist planning barrister and head of Kings Chambers, and Gary Halman of the planning and environmental consultancy HOW Planning LLP.

To book, email Scott Hadden stating the number of places required, together with the names and positions of the delegates attending. Alternatively, contact Mr Hadden on tel: (01244) 405555.

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