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Town Planning from a Local Council Perspective

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A one day course that will help local councillors and clerks to understand the key issues and techniques they need to influence town planning decisions in their areas.

Why should you attend?
This course will look at the town planning system from the perspective of parish and town councils. This is an excellent introduction to town planning and will give delegates confidence that they can intervene at the right time and in the right way.  The course covers the material from the Parish perspective and does not focus on the details of the regulations.  It takes a practical and pragmatic approach to a very challenging Local Council activity.

Who should attend?
This course is aimed at local councillors and clerks who want to: negotiate on development schemes that are being prepared in their areas; respond to planning applications and seek modifications through planning conditions and obligations; influence emerging planning policy.

Course outline:
The training will be in four parts:  First, we will discuss who is involved in the planning system so that delegates can understand the motivations behind decisions and actions.  We will also discuss member probity and the role of the Councillor.  The second session is about forward planning and how to influence an emerging local plan or consider issues for a Neighbourhood Plan or other planning statement.  The third session covers development management, how to comment on a planning application and at which points in the decision-making process your Council is most likely to be influential.  The final session covers important concepts such as planning obligations, CIL, etc.

0930 - 1630*
*This is a one day course. Exact timings will be confirmed when you receive your joining instructions.

About the trainer:
Andrea Pellegram has held senior positions in the private and public sectors including acting in the post of Director of Development Services at Cotswold District Council, Planning Inspector, Head of the Surrey County Council Minerals and Waste Team and regional planner in London and the South East.  She has worked as a planning applicant in the private sector and holds a Doctorate from University College London in Social Anthropology.  

Delegate Fees:
If your Clerk attends, subsequent bookings for the same course from members of the council may attend at the member rate.
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