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.


Consultation Responses








Elspeth Wrigley

Elspeth is a planning, environmental and construction lawyer with a background in environmental consulting. She worked in Brussels and in London before undertaking a pupillage with 1 Crown Office Row.  She subsequently returned to the North East to work for Eversheds LLP in Newcastle.  Elspeth's current role focuses on all aspects of the planning system from applications and environmental impact assessments through to appeals. A particular area of interest in the overlap between the planning and environmental law regimes. 

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Celina Colquhoun

Celine specialises in all aspects of planning and environmental law and also has good experience in licensing matters. Celina is ranked by Legal 500 (tier 2 in London; tier 1 in the Midlands) and in Chambers & Partners (Band 4) for Planning. She is also rated by Planning Magazine Legal Survey 2019 as amongst the UK’s top planning juniors. She is Co-Vice Chair of the Bar Council’s EU Law Committee and an active member of the Bar Council’s Law Reform Committee. Celina was appointed as a member of the six person panel constituting the government’s Independent Review of Administrative Law, along with Vikram Sachdeva QC in July 2020.

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Barney McCay

Barney is currently studying for an LLM as a Thouron Scholar and will undertake pupillage at a chambers which specialises in public, planning and environmental law.

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