Planning Law – A Practitioner’s Handbook

William Webster

£125, Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing


Planning is an ever-changing area of practice and law. William Webster, however, breaks down complex areas into understandable and practical guidance for lawyers, planning consultants, local authorities, developers and others. 

And this comprehensive book does not limit itself solely to law. Rather, it provides an extensive overview of planning procedure. As well as offering a detailed insight into the evolution of planning, Webster addresses a range of practical problems, referencing legal cases and relevant legislation arising in day-to-day practice. 

The book covers a range of key topics, including planning conditions and obligations, CIL, appeals, planning control, permitted development rights, listed buildings, and specialist areas such as environment impact assessments, habitats and protected areas. Of particular note, this book, unlike many others, also includes a highly worthwhile chapter on public rights of way. 

The format of Webster’s book is easier to read than many others on planning law and practice. It provides comprehensive footnotes on legislation and case law, which enables points to be explored in depth if required without distracting from the main text. The extensive use of sub-headings summarising topics and identifying practice questions enables quick referencing. The sound analysis, range of topics, and extensive legislation and cases make this an essential practitioner’s handbook.


Robert Bruce is a partner and Jennifer Roe an associate at Freeths LLP