Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3142F: Introduction to Planning Law and Environmental Impact Assessment

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Catherine Caine (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


The protection of the environment is becoming the pivotal policy concern of our age, and the manner in which law plays a vital role in influencing policies and addressing environmental disruption, will be of integral importance.  In this module, you will be provided with both a theoretical and practical foundation in planning law and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), and you will also reach beyond and delve into the critical and substantive issues affecting its regulation today. How has planning law developed in the law of England and Wales? What role does planning law play in protecting the environment? How are public and private interests balanced by Town and Country Planning in England and Wales?  How will planning law and Environmental Impact Assessment be impacted by Brexit? These questions and more will be posed, allowing you to interrogate some of the pivotal global predicaments of our time, always in terms of law’s response.  You will be in direct contact with the main issues in national planning regulations, European Environmental Impact Assessment regulations, and critical perspectives surrounding debates in planning regulation and environmental assessment.

The module is recommended to those wishing to specialise in environmental and planning law in the future, and also those who wish to gain a greater understanding of the Town and Country Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment regulation in England and Wales.

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