These courses are intended to help leaders, deputy leaders, planning portfolio holders, and planning chairs to develop their knowledge and skill in planning, to keep up to date with planning issues and the responses to challenges from LPAs across the country.
''The opportunity to meet others and compare good practice and understand how other authorities run was the most valuable experience I have had since I have been a councillor. The value of these sessions should never be underestimated and I will be able to make significant improvements as a result of this.'' – Cllr Julia Baker-Smith, Isle of Wight
Book now for: The Government and planning reform (Saturday 28th January and Sunday 29th January 2017)
Planning Changes – will they help?
This course will look at the planning reforms in the Housing and Planning Act, what will change and what it means to councils and for decision making. Relevant to all councillors, including those with a planning remit within their portfolio or as a committee member. Councillors involved in delivering other objectives – for example housing or regeneration – via the planning system would also benefit. The sessions will include updates from DCLG and the development industry. You will go away with up to date knowledge and new thoughts about how planning can deliver what you want for your communities.
A delegate from the last course reflected: "Good to meet one's peers and debate, exchange good practice, learn and return to the office invigorated knowing you will make a difference by impacting on matters".