What to expect from the Housing and Planning Act 2016

Tuesday 9 February 2016, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Garden Court Chambers

Date: Tuesday 9 February 2016
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ  
Areas of Law: Housing Law

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This seminar aims to provide practitioners and those concerned with the provision and development of housing stock with a clear understanding of the main provisions of the Housing and Planning Act 2016. The speakers will cover the likely consequences of the Act and the subsequent challenges the legislation will bring. The speakers will also offer a view as to Act’s impact on the current housing crisis.

There is a broad consensus that the availability of affordable housing in the UK is a major crisis. Combined with the impact of welfare reform and some of the highest housing costs in relation to income in Europe, access to affordable housing is now a major civil liberties and human rights issue. This seminar will outline the major provisions of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 and their consequences for homeseekers, local authority and housing association tenants, housing providers and private landlords.

The supply-side measures in the Act focus on accelerating the planning process to deliver more housing. There is also a clear focus on home ownership, with measures to facilitate the building of Starter Homes including self/custom build housing and the extension of the Right to Buy scheme to housing association tenants. The counterpoint is an apparent lack of investment in social housing, which has been described as ‘pure ideology’, followed by a likely diminution of stock with local housing authorities being directed to sell off high-value homes to fund new builds.

This seminar will cover:

  • Starter Homes
  • Measures to tackle rogue landlords
  • 'Pay to stay': higher rents for high-income social tenants
  • Is this the end of social tenancies?
  • Assisting local authorities' private sector enforcement
  • Speeding up the planning system
  • Changes to Compulsory Purchase

What is included?

  • 1.5 hours of CPD training
  • Talks prepared by two leading housing and planning barristers
  • Comprehensive notes for you to take away
  • The opportunity to ask questions
  • Refreshments

Who should attend?

  • Solicitors representing tenants
  • NGOs
  • Local authorities and housing providers
  • Planners and planning authorities
  • Journalists interested in housing law


Marc Willers QC specialises in planning law, with a particular emphasis on the representation of Gypsies, Travellers and Roma, public and administrative law and human rights and discrimination.

Timothy Baldwin is ranked in Chambers UK for social housing and community care, specialising in complex social care and housing cases. He is known for his fierce commitment to representing vulnerable, marginalised and disadvantaged clients.

Liz Davies (Chair) specialises in all aspects of housing law, with a particular expertise in homelessness and allocation of social housing. Liz is committed to acting for the homeless, and for tenants and other occupiers.


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