Dr Michael Stubbs

BA Hons, Diploma Town Planning, MSc Urban Planning Studies, PhD Mediation - Dispute Resolution, MRICS
Senior Lecturer
Research Associate - OISD: RELP


Chartered Planning & Development Surveyor

Teaching and research

Planning Practice, Dispute Resolution, planning mediation and planning appeals, historic environment and conservation practice

Recent projects

Secondment to Historic England (2016) and work on HS2 project including Parliamentary petitioning work

Academic specialisms

  • Heritage - conservation policy/ practice
  • Planning Appeals/ alternative dispute resolution
  • Decision-making in planning policy/ applicants
  • Spirit of place/ place-making and urban design

Relevant professional activites

  • Planning Adviser National Trust London & South East Region
  • Co-opted member Chilterns Conservation Board Planning Committee
  • Planning volunteer to The Theatres Trust
  • Member London Historic Environment Panel
  • Expert witness in planning appeals, London Plan Inquiry, South East Plan, Inquiry and Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)
  • CPD trainer for elected Councillors and professionals in expert witness work and heritage/ conservation

Research interests

Heritage - sustainability, green infrastructure, alternative dispute resolution/ mediation


Stubbs, M. and Lavers, A. (1991) Steinberg and After: Decision Making and Development Control in Conservation Areas. Journal of Planning and Environment Law, pp 9-19.

Comerford, J. and Stubbs, M. (1992) Planning Gain CPD Study Pack. Reading, the College of Estate Management.

Stubbs, M. and Stubbs, K. A. (1993) Preserving the Character of a Conservation Area. Property Review, Vol 2:1, pp 40-41.

Stubbs, M. and Cripps, J. (1993) Planning Obligations and Future Prospects. Property Review, Vol 2:3, pp 102-105.

Stubbs, M. (1994) Planning Appeals by Informal Hearing: An appraisal of the Views of Consultants. Journal of Planning and Environment Law, pp 710-714.

Stubbs, M. (1995) Planning Gain vs. Planning Obligations, Housing and Planning Review, August/September, pp 21-22.

Ratcliffe J S and Stubbs M (1996) Urban Planning and Real Estate Management. London UCL Press, 512 pp.

Stubbs, M. (1996) Mediation of Planning Appeals. Estates Gazette 9612, p 121.

Stubbs M (1996) Environmental Mediation in Planning Appeals: lessons from the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Vol 39(2) pp 273-284

Stubbs, M. (1997) The New Panacea? An evaluation of Mediation as an Effective Method of Dispute Resolution in Planning Appeals. International Planning Studies Vol 2(3) pp 347-365.

Stubbs, M. (1999) Informality and Fairness: Unlikely Partners in the Planning Appeal? Journal of Planning and Environment Law, pp 106-112.

Stubbs, M. (2000) Informality and the Planning Appeal by Hearing Method. Town Planning Review, Vol 71, No 3, pp 263-285.

Stubbs, M. (2000) When Councillors overturn the Chief Planning Officer: Do Costs Follow? Journal of Planning and Environment Law, November, pp 10-12.

Pearce, B. and Stubbs, M. (2000) The role of mediation in the settlement of planning disputes at appeal: the debate and research agenda. Environment and Planning A, Vol 32 (8), pp 1335-1358.

Stubbs, M. (2001) Councillors and costs: the vulnerability of member-led planning refusals to an award of costs at Planning Appeal in England and Wales. Planning Practice and Research, Vol 16 (2) pp 121-144.

Stubbs, M and Keeping, M (2002) Course content and Employability Skills in Vocational Degrees. Planning Practice and Research, Vol 17 (2) pp 205-222.

Stubbs, M (2002) Car Parking and residential development: sustainability and planning policy and public perception of parking. Journal of Urban Design, Vol 7(2), pp 213-228.

Ratcliffe, J Stubbs, M & Shepherd, M (2003) Urban Planning and Real Estate Development. Second edition. London, Spon Press. pp 591.

Stubbs, M (2004) Heritage-Sustainability: Developing a Methodology for the Sustainable Appraisal of the Historic Environment. Planning Practice and Research, Vol 19 (3) pp 285-305.

Stubbs, M (2008) Natural Green Space and Planning Policy: Devising a Model for its delivery in Regional Spatial Strategies. Landscape Research, 3 Vol 3 (1) pp 119-139.

Ratcliffe, J Stubbs M (2009) Urban Planning and Real Estate Development. Third Edition. London Taylor and Francis. pp 704

Ng’ombe, A Keivani, R Mattingly, M and Stubbs M (2014) Impacts of Privatisation of Customary land Rights in Zambia: A Comparative Study of Rural and Peri-Urban Locations. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 38 (6), pp 1985-2007.

(2015) Currently submitted but not determined: Heritage Significance: An assessment of the role of identifying significance as an essential tool of decision-making when managing change to heritage assets.