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Negotiate a Better Outcome in Planning


 A one day course that will help local councillors and clerks to secure better community infrastructure and gain value from local large-scale developments.

Why should you attend?:

This course will look at the town planning system from the perspective of parish and town councils. It will not be about the process and procedures of planning- other training will cover that. This training will help you to be more effective when negotiating directly with developers and the Local Planning Authority.

Who should attend?:

This course is aimed at all town, parish & community council clerks and other council officers.

Course outline:

The training will be in three parts. The morning session will be about how to prepare your council's planning policies so that you can articulate what you want. Firstly we will consider business and programme planning that will help you secure yout preferred outcomes within yout available time and resources. In the second part of the morning, we will consider how to formulate your policies, whether a Neighbourhood Plan or something less formal, so that you are ready to negotiate on behalf of your community. The afternoon session will consider how you need to adjust your approach to planning to take account of the parties involved so that your negotiations are effective.

We will consider timing and the different needs and expectations of all the parties at the negotiating table and also when it will be most beneficial to make your views known.


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.

There is not just value in your investment in attending the training course, these are also great opportunities to network with like-minded individuals and make new contacts.

Book your next personal development opportunity now!

*Your registration will secure you a place on the course. Your booking will then be confirmed and invoices issued approximately 3 weeks before the course date. At a similar time you will also be sent a delegate list and joining instructions detailing the venue, parking, trainer and any other details relevant to the course. It is advised not to book your travel until the course is confirmed and you have received your joining instructions.

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If you have any questions, please contact us through our contact form.

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