LAW8147 : Introduction to Planning law

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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, Planning and the Environment.

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 ActivitiesLecture92:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study801:0080:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are used to introduce students to the key concepts in development planning and development control. Lectures will also provide a forum for students to discuss issues in greater depth and to develop subject specific and generic skills.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1003000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

• Tests students ability to deal with complex legal concepts and their understanding of the role of planning law in implementing environmental protection.

• Tests students understanding of the problems of implementing EU environmental law, using planning law as a paradigm example of environmental management.

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