Rural planning law on the agenda at NFU Conference

Alex Madden of Thrings will join Liz Truss, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Farming Minister George Eustice on a high-profile panel of speakers at this year’s National Farmers Union (NFU) Annual Conference which gets underway today (24 February).

A specialist planning and environmental lawyer, Alex, who is head of planning at Thrings, will review national rural planning trends and discuss some of the key legal and case law milestones in rural planning.

Alex will also offer advice to farmers on how to future proof planning applications from unnecessary delays and legal challenges, provide delegates with an overview of the judicial review process and offer practical tips to those faced with a judicial review claim.

Taking place at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, the two-day NFU Conference, whose theme this year is ‘Backing British Farming in a Volatile World’, will be attended by farmers, land agents, landowners, planners, chartered surveyors and other rural professionals.

Other prominent members of the speaking panel include Shadow Agriculture Minister Huw Irranca-Davies, Phil Hogan, the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Department for Communities and Local Government's chief planner, Steve Quartermain.

The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to 55,000 farmer and grower members across England and Wales. Thrings enjoys a long-term relationship with the NFU and was recently retained as its sole panel solicitors in seven counties in England.

Alex will be keeping Thrings’ Twitter followers abreast of developments from the conference via @ThringsAgri.

For more information about the conference, click here.

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