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SEA/SA and Spatial Strategies

In the first webinar of their new series analysing key elements of the local planning process, James Findlay QC, Rob Williams and Emma Dring discuss SEA/SA and Spatial Strategies. 

Sustainability appraisal, strategic environmental assessment and Habitats Regulations assessment are fundamental to the production of a robust spatial strategy and, ultimately, a sound Local Plan. They are often also the target of legal challenges to Local Plans. Failures in the process can be fatal, and can give rise to lengthy and costly litigation.

This webinar will provide an overview of the processes, and discuss some of the key practical considerations, informed by recent cases including Aireborough Neighbourhood Development Forum v Leeds City Council [2020] EWHC 1461 and Compton PC v Guildford BC [2019] EWHC 3242 (in which James and Rob successfully resisted a challenge to Guildford's new local plan).

The speakers will also provide a legal update on Habitats Regulations assessment, and discuss some of the pitfalls, as well as how to avoid them

SLIDES - Click here to download a copy of the slides used in this webinar.

About the speakers

james findlay

James Findlay QC

James is a leading practitioner in the fields of Planning & Environment, Local Government, Administrative and Public and Licensing law.

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Robert Williams

Rob is a specialist in public and administrative, planning and environmental, and compulsory purchase law.

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Emma Dring

Emma Dring

Emma is passionate about public and administrative law, and this is the unifying element of the various areas of her practice.

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