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The Working Party aims to influence the debate about planning and the scope and ambition of sustainable development. Whilst the language of 'sustainable development' has been around for some time, the last few years have seen a considerable effort to translate this international ambition to the national and local level. Lawyers can no longer treat 'sustainable development' as if it was confined to the field of policy-making. The term is now appearing in legislation, and as a material consideration in the decisions of public bodies.

Meetings take place each year (June) at the UKELA Annual Conference, and at other times as appropriate. Consultation responses are coordinated primarily by e-mail among members.

The co-convenors welcome help with consultations and are happy to receive any suggestions for the Working Party to take forward.

The Working Party is open to all UKELA members. If you would like to join, contact the WP's convenors.

Next Event

To be announced.

Recent Events and Activities

The group held a Working Party session during the online annual conference on Friday 26th June 2020. 

The Working Party is currently reviewing the White Paper published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government entitled: Planning for the Future. The White Paper is describing the proposals as a new vision for England's planning system.


Consultation Responses

>UKELA response to Planning White Paper October 2020

>UKELA response to Net Gain Consultation February 2019


The Working Party is seeking new co-convenors

Please get in touch if you are interested.  It is a varied and interesting role - we welcome your enquiry.

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