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LAW8147 : Introduction to Planning law

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Anna McClean
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


This course will introduce students to the law of town and country planning, and to its use as a tool of environmental management. The course will consider the mechanisms used in planning law to structure development and provide forward-looking strategies for environmental protection, including the use of planning conditions, planning agreements and planning gain. It will consider the law on development control, and the impact of environmental management techniques (such as EIA) and human rights legislation on the practice and law of planning. The course will look at judicial interpretation of the provisions for development control, and the role of the courts in controlling public bodies in the exercise of their planning powers.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Development plans and development control; the purposes of planning.

2. The law of development control; "development" defined; the need for planning permission.

3. Tools for environmental protection in planning – planning conditions, planning agreements and planning gain.

4. Human Rights and the Environment.

5. Access to Justice and the right of appeal.

5. An assessment of the effectiveness and role of planning law in environmental protection.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00In person lectures on substantive module content (1hr) followed by group discussion (1hr).
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00Q&A session. Whole group assessment preparation guidance.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Essay preparation guidance
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study781:0078:00Students to undertake necessary reading and research to complete the module and the assessment.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are used to introduce students to the key concepts in development planning and development control. The first lecture will introduce the course to the students and provide them with an introduction to planning law. The final lecture will be a revision/assessment preparation lecture to provide guidance to the students on the assessed coursework. Large group discussions after each lecture will provide a forum for students to discuss the topics covered in the lectures in greater depth and help develop subject specific and cognitive skills. The lectures and group discussion sessions will be complemented by a 1 hour whole group Q&A session to provide students with the opportunity to ask questions relating to the course content, study skills, and the assessment, and the drop-in session will provide students to raise additional assessment preparation queries.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1002000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment will require students to analyse and evaluate the law relating to the role of planning law in implementing environmental protection. It will require students to engage research, interpretation and evaluation skills, and construct and communicate their argument with care and precision. The discussion sessions have been designed to focus on development of the skills necessary to do this.

Reading Lists