A Practical Approach to Planning Law (13th edition)

Michael Purdue; Victor Moore
Practical Approach Series

Planning law is one of the most rapidly moving legal areas, with major structural changes to the planning system occurring in recent years. Despite these attempts at simplification, it remains one of the most complex fields for both students and practitioners to navigate. In this continually evolving arena the thirteenth edition of A Practical Approach to Planning Law is an authoritative and reliable resource for all those working in the area, providing a comprehensive and systematic account of the principles and practice of planning law. The text guides the reader through each stage of the planning process, from permission applications through to disputes and appeals in a clear and accessible style. Containing coverage of all recent cases as well as important legislative and policy developments since the publication of the previous edition, particularly those arising out of the Localism Act 2011, the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013, the Enterprise and Regulation Reform Act 2013 and the National Planning Policy Framework, this new edition provides an invaluable introduction to the subject for professionals and students alike. The A Practical Approach series is the perfect partner for practice work. Each title focuses on one field of the law, providing a comprehensive overview of the subject together with clear, practical advice and tips on issues likely to arise in practice. The books are also an excellent resource for those new to the law, where the expert overview and clear layout promote clarity and ease of understanding.


1. Historical Introduction
2. Planning Organization
3. The History and Evolution of Development Plans
4. The Preparation and Legal Significance of Development Plans
5. Definition of Development 1: Operational Development
6. Definition of Development 2: Material Change of Use
7. The Need for Planning Permission 1: General Permitted Development Order
Local Development Orders
8. The Need for Planning Permission 2: Cases of Doubt
9. Applications for Planning Permission 1: Pre-Submission Requirements
10. Applications for Planning Permission 2: Procedure on Receipt of Applications by the Local Planning Authority
11. Determinations of Applications for Planning Permission
12. Environmental Impact Assessment
13. Strategic Environmental Assessment
14. Conditions
15. The Construction, Scope, Effect, and Life of a Planning Permission
16. Development by the Crown, Statutory Undertakers, and Local Authorities
Public Works Orders
17. Planning Agreements
Planning Obligations
and The Community Infrastructure Levy
18. Appeals
Statutory Review
Judicial Review
and the Ombudsman
19. Human Rights
20. Enforcement
21. Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas
22. Ancient Monuments and Areas of Archaeological Importance
23. Minerals
24. The Control of Outdoor Advertisements
25. Trees, Hedgerows, and High Hedges
26. Conservation of Natural Habitats and Protected Species
27. Remedies for Adverse Planning Decisions
28. The Planning Commission and Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects
Town and Country Planning Act 1990, section 55 (part)
Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987, SI 1987/764 (as amended)
Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, SI 1995/418
Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2010, SI 2010/2184


Michael Purdue is Emeritus Professor of Law at City University and is editor of the Journal of Planning and Environment Law. ; Victor Moore is a barrister of Gray's Inn and Professor Emeritus of the University of Reading. For many years he was editor of the Journal of Planning and Environment Law. He has written and lectured extensively on aspects of planning law in the USA, EU, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan.