Writing Evidence in Planning Appeals


This one-day workshop focusses on the drafting skills needed for writing high-quality evidence across all three appeal procedures. We will place particular emphasis on the accuracy and precision of the evidence. Written communication strategies will be introduced and applied to planning evidence to show how well-written evidence can influence the decision of the Inspector hearing the appeal.

High-quality written evidence is also essential when presenting oral evidence in Informal Hearings, Public Inquiries or in the Local Plan process, the quality of the written evidence is paramount. With evidence-in-chief "taken as read", the written evidence is the best opportunity to present a forceful opinion on the matters relevant to the case.

The workshop is presented by Lynden Alexander, a specialist in the writing and presentation of expert evidence. It will be interactive and will focus on the practical issues faced by all experts when producing evidence in the planning process.

Workshop Objectives

Morning Session

Afternoon Session



Lynden Alexander

Lynden is a communication skills consultant who specialises in professional communication. Since 1996, he has trained more than 6000 expert witnesses in writing and presenting evidence. He has more than ten years’ experience in training professionals involved in planning appeals and highways inquiries. He also provides communication advice and services to clients involved in major infrastructure projects. In his role, he works closely with all the participants in the planning process including Inspectors, developers, planning authorities and lawyers - enabling him to offer a unique insight into the skills needed to produce high-quality evidence that communicates a case effectively.

Pre-Workshop Preparation

No pre-workshop preparation is required.


Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
12 Bloomsbury Square
Tel: 020 7421 7444

Terms and Conditions


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Workshop Details

TIME: 9.30-4.30PM
Registration at 9.00AM

Workshop Prices

£325 + VAT (£65) = £390.00

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Delegate Feedback

80% Excellent
20% Very Good

"The best training course I have been on. It kept me engaged throughout the day and I will be able to use [the writing skills] in my day-to-day activities"

" Informative, well-structured and informed by long-term experience"

" Very helpful and detailed – interaction with the group was very good"

" The workshop covered a lot of ground and was very useful."

"The examples [of evidence] were very beneficial. The explanation of grammatical points was clear and easy to follow."

" A great day – I look forward to putting [the writing skills] into action"

"Practical writing skills that will improve the quality of the evidence I am writing."

"Interesting and worthwhile - I learnt skills that are transferable to all professional writing"

"The workshop was well-delivered, interesting and relevant"

"Well-presented, interesting and enjoyable"

"Focussed and extremely interesting"