The webinars will help clerks to understand the key issues and techniques they need to influence town planning decisions in their areas.

The webinars 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 you the confidence to 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 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.


The cost for 4 modules:
SLCC Members – £120 + VAT
Non-Members – £140 + VAT

CPD points

Claim 1 CPD point for attending each webinar!

Planning Demystified webinar

Course outline

The training will be in four, 2 hour webinar sessions.

Session 1

The Planning System

  • Brief overview of the planning system
  • Who is involved
  • The development timetable – when to comment
  • Member probity

Session 2

Forward planning (The Local Plan and Neighbourhood Development Plan)

  • The Development Plan
  • The forward planning cycle
  • Neighbourhood plans

Session 3

Development Management

  • How the DM process works step by step
  • How to make an effective representation
  • Types of planning application

Session 4

Important planning concepts

  • CIL and infrastructure planning
  • Planning obligations
  • Planning conditions
  • Viability
  • Permitted Development
  • Material planning considerations

Joining instructions will be sent to you 3 weeks before the event and your invoice will be sent 5 days after the event. We advise that, on receipt of the joining instructions, you are liable for any fees incurred in order to attend the event.

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.

Andrea Pellegram

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