UK: Mills & Reeve and CBI Lead Further Debate on Planning Reforms
Last Updated: 10 September 2002

Law firm Mills & Reeve and the CBI East of England will be hosting a Planning Green Paper Forum on Monday September 16 following the announcements made by John Prescott about planning reform in July.

In Mr Prescott’s announcement, he outlined his proposals for Ł1.5 billion for new homes, new money to regenerate poor neighbourhoods concentrating in the London Stansted to Cambridge corridor, the Thames Gateway and Ashford in Kent. A week later, the Government also released its report on further airport developments including new runway capacity, with the possibility of new runways at Stansted airport, a new airport at Huntingdon/Alconbury in Cambridgeshire and further growth at Luton.

The Deputy Prime Minister is now in charge of the reform of the planning system following the resignation of Stephen Byers and the creation of the Department of Transport.

Topics which will be explored include: major reform of compulsory purchase; reform of the appeal process; abolition of twin tracking; abolition of structure plans; creation of business planning zones and new policy guidance on planning obligations to secure community gains.

Mills & Reeve planning partner David Brock will be leading the high profile line up of presenters including Martin Sheard, partner at Matthews & Son Surveyors, Roger Humber, chairman of the East of England Business group and Mills & Reeve colleague Daniel Farrand.

Mr Brock commented: "Our first forum six months ago was a great success, with participants from local government, landowners, developers and the transport industry. This is a great opportunity to stay up to date, exchange views and see what threats and opportunities lie ahead as a result of the Government’s proposals."

The half day forum will be held at Mills & Reeve’s Cambridge office. For further information on the planning reforms and information about the forum, please contact Mills & Reeve’s marketing team on 01223 222465.


Mills & Reeve is a national law firm with 60 partners, 250 lawyers and total staff of 500 operating throughout the UK from offices in Cambridge, Norwich, London and Birmingham. The firm offers a full range of corporate, commercial, property, litigation and private client services.

Mills & Reeve’s Planning Law team is recognised as one of the leading planning law teams in the country. The team handles all aspects of planning law from applications to appeals, enforcement and High Court challenges. Advice on listed buildings, ancient monuments, SSSIs, special protection areas, special areas of conservation, and environmental assessment is an integral part of the team's work. All of the team's planning lawyers are also environmental lawyers. The team has particular expertise in minerals and waste planning.

Mills & Reeve and the CBI East of England have formed a Planning Green Paper Forum to consider and respond on the Green Paper and to follow through the Government's proposals for the reform of the planning system.

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