Foot Anstey to hold planning seminar

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Regional law firm Foot Anstey has announced details of its latest Planning Club event, to be held later this month.

The seminar, titled ‘Winning Ways with Planning Appeals’, will be held in Truro on March 31. It will give clear practical advice, aimed at anyone involved in planning appeals, either directly or as professional advisers, and whether promoting or opposing development.

Topics  covered by planning lawyers Gareth Pinwell and Isabel Diver will include avoiding procedural pitfalls, recent decision trends, tips on streamlining the process (including householder appeals), 2008 model conditions and costs awards in appeals.

The latest returns from the Planning Inspectorate for the year 2007-2008 show the success rate of planning appeals is 34% for written appeals, 39% for informal hearings and 54% for public inquiries, an average of 42%.  Only 27% of appeals of enforcement notices result in the quashing of the enforcement notice.

Pinwell, Foot Anstey’s head of planning, explained: “To be successful in an appeal you  need up to date knowledge of the appeal process, and advisers who can give clear practical advice.

“There are many changes in the pipeline including the new  model conditions and guidance on dealing efficiently with appeals by householders, which may be adopted universally following a pilot study.

“The Government is also consulting on the award of costs in planning appeals.  They are looking to extend the award of costs in appeals by written representations.

“Going to appeal takes time and money but keeping up to date on the latest developments should reduced these costs and improve the chances of success.”

To book online for the event, click here.