Enforcement officers gear up for annual advice exchange

With system reform on the government agenda, enforcement staff will get an update on their future role at the sector's key event, says Zoe Fuller.

The National Association for Planning Enforcement (NAPE), supported by the RTPI, is the national voice for planning enforcement and exists to enhance and promote its role within the planning profession.

One of the ways the organisation does this is through its annual conference. As NAPE has a wide and varied membership consisting both of planning enforcement officers and those with an interest in the subject, this event is an essential update for all those involved in the sector.

This year's conference will be held on 18 November at the offices of Elmbridge Borough Council in Esher, Surrey.

The event comes at an important and exciting time for the planning system and it will be examining the role enforcement has to play now and in future. Planning minister Bob Neill will be the keynote speaker. His input will be invaluable for NAPE members, who will welcome the opportunity to pose questions directly to him.

In addition to hearing from RTPI president Ann Skippers, presentations include extending enforcement through confiscation of the proceeds of crime and a consultant's eye view on learning how to stop worrying and love the breach of condition notice.

Other topics to be covered during the day include PPG18, Circular 10/1997, enforcement policies, expediency, under-enforcement, stop notices, section 215 notices, injunctions and prosecutions.

As usual it will be a day to get useful information not only from the speakers but also from each other. Previous conferences have shown that NAPE members value the opportunity to network and share problems and ideas with professionals from all over the country.

Thanks to this year's sponsors, 12 College Place Barristers Chambers, Southampton and Francis Taylor Building, London, NAPE can continue to hold its annual event at no cost to delegates. The conference is only open to NAPE members.

RTPI members can join NAPE at no cost as it is part of their membership benefits, while non-RTPI members can join NAPE for only £50 a year. We hope that you will be able to join us next month. Places are going fast, so book now to take your place at this essential enforcement event.

Zoe Fuller is NAPE's management committee member for the East Midlands and principal enforcement officer at Newark and Sherwood District Council.

To book a place at the conference or to join NAPE, please visit www.rtpi.org.uk/nape or email nape@rtpi.org.uk.

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