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Seminar: UK Planning Reviews and Legislative Reforms: Do They Have Any Relevance for Hong Kong? (26 March 2019)

Hong Kong Institute of Planners
Education and Training Committee 


UK Planning Reviews and Legislative Reforms:
Do They Have Any Relevance for Hong Kong?



 Mr. John Watchman
Principal, Watchman & Co.
Former Senior Crown Counsel, Attorney General’s Chambers, Hong Kong

About the Seminar:
The ever more divergent land-use planning systems in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and Northern Ireland have been the subject of a number of reviews in recent times and legislative reforms.

 Are these reviews and reforms of the discretionary planning systems of any relevance for the primarily regulatory (zoning) land-use planning system of Hong Kong?

 The seminar presentation will focus on recent Raynsford review of land-use planning in England and the review and proposed legislative changes in Scotland.

 The seminar will also offer those attending an opportunity to ask any questions about planning law in the UK.


 About the Speaker:
John Watchman is the Principal of Watchman & Co, a DLA Piper consultant and the editor of Scottish Planning & Environmental Law. He is also one of the authors of Scottish Planning Law (3rd edition, 2013) and Local Planning Reviews in Scotland (2015). John served in the Attorney General’s Chambers, Hong Kong (1989-1994) and advised on matters including the Town Planning Ordinance and related legislation.


Date:      26 March 2019 (Tuesday)

 Time:      6:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. 

Venue: HKIP Office (Unit 201, 2/F, Prosperity Millennia Plaza, 663 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong)


Language: English

*The seminar is free of charge. The seminar is equivalent to 1.5 CPD hours.


Registration deadline: 22 March 2019


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Participation to the event is on first-come-first-served basis. For enquiry, please direct it to: By email:, telephone: 2915-6212, or fax: 2915-7616.