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Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Planning & Property Law
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
A core element of any professionally-accredited town planning degree course is to understand the nature and operation of the statutory land-use planning system, and the administrative and regulatory framework in which it operates. The main focus of this course unit is on the legal framework and processes within which the planning process operates. It therefore provides an introduction to the legal framework that structures and regulates decision-making concerning land-use and the environment. The intention is to give a general appreciation of the system and the legal principles on which it operates, and also to help develop an awareness of the inter-relationships between legal processes and planning practice, especially in the area of development control. This involves an understanding of the legal concepts, processes and techniques which have evolved and the ways these have been applied in this field. A significant part of the course therefore involves developing a practical understanding of the working of the development management and control process, as well as its overarching legal and administrative framework. The course unit will also provide an introduction to aspects of property law such as land ownership, buying and selling property and compulsory purchase.
1. To acquire an understanding of the English legal and administrative framework within which policies and decisions relating to land use are made and implemented;
2. In the context of planning and property law, to develop further an appreciation of the nature of legal processes and legal reasoning, and the methods by which law is created, is interpreted and evolves;
3. To examine the inter-relationship between legal processes and planning processes and to cultivate a critical attitude in respect of both processes.
OUTLINE OF CONTENT
Legal, administrative and policy frameworks
The concept of development
Do I need planning permission? (workshop)
Development control procedures I (planning applications)
Development control procedures II (determining the application)
Development control procedures III (conditions and obligations)
Land Law - ownership and third party rights
Buying and selling property
Compulsory purchase and compensation
Planning appeals and inquiries
Enforcement of planning controls
‘Mock’ Planning Inquiries
Problem Based Learning (PBL) Exercise, revision and feedback session
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, workshops, ‘mock’ planning inquiry; student presentations
Knowledge and understanding
An understanding of the operation of the UK planning system and the concepts and operations of English planning law.
An understanding of legal arguments and justification in planning law
An ability to generate simple planning law arguments
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Developed further competence in report writing and oral presentational skills.
WEIGHTING WITHIN UNIT
1. Group project work – ‘mock’ planning inquiry exercise
2000 - 2500
Written feedback within 15 working days
2. Group presentation & contribution to inquiry
Immediately after presentation and subsequent written feedback within 15 working days
Marks will be made available within 15 working days of the assessment and verbal feedback is available on request after examination
Written feedback on ‘mock’ planning inquiry evidence report; immediate verbal feedback via workshops / seminars throughout module; individual feedback on examination performance on request.
Cullingworth, B. and Nadin V. (2014) Town & Country Planning in the UK (15th Edition), Routledge, London.
Bowes, A. (2019) A Practical Approach to Planning Law (14th Edition) Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Galbraith, A. et al. (2011) Galbraith’s building and land management law for students. (6 Edition), Butterworth-Heinemann: Oxford.
Sheppard, A., Peel, D., Ritchie, H. and Berry, S. (2017) The Essential Guide to Planning Law: Decision Making and Practice in the UK, Policy Press, Bristol.
Wood, D. et al. (2011) Law and the built environment. (2 Edition), Wiley-Blackwell: Chichester.
Department of Communities and Local Government (2012) National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), DCLG, London.
Other relevant Government policy and legislation (e.g. Localism Act 2011; Planning & Compulsory Purchase Act, 2004, Money-laundering Regulations 2017);
Latest developments in UK planning system and processes, including web-based resources:
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|Mark Baker||Unit coordinator|