We provide training in house at the authority's own offices (or a chosen venue). This is the most effective and economical way of sharing the benefits of good training across staff or elected members. There is also the option of two or more authorities sharing the training and the cost.
Our trainers are experts in their fields, gained through working with planning authorities directly and in supported learning groups, and developing guidance and advice for the Society and other organisations. They are accomplished communicators and have a deep understanding of the tensions and pressures of local government service. It is therefore no surprise to us that the feed-back we get from training is exceptional, with the great majority of participants rating it as very good or good.
We currently offer training in the following areas:
- Preparing for core strategy examination - DPD examinations are new to most staff, and require different skills and approaches to the familiar local inquiry model. This course will help the team get into the right frame of mind on how to engage confidently with the examination process and respond effectively to the Inspector.
- Development economics for planners - The need to demonstrate the deliverability of planning policies, coupled with the requirement that the level of the CIL should have regard to the impact on viability, make it essential that planners have a good working knowledge of development finance. This day course covers project appraisal, economic viability and the CIL.
- Tools and tips for appeals and inquiries - The course will review the respective roles of the inspector and the witness and consider the use of expert witnesses. The trainer will identify best practice and do's and don'ts when preparing statements and presenting evidence, as well as how to respond under cross examination. The course will consider an example case study and provide an opportunity for a problem solving "surgery".
- Planning for gypsies and travellers - Starting with the national context this course will ask why local authorities should plan for travellers' sites and the emerging policy issues with a particular reference to the operation of the duty to cooperate. The course will then focus on an individually "tailored" discussion of the issues around producing an evidence base and developing a local policy.
- Development management and localism - Financial pressures and the expectations of localism make it timely to review approaches to development management to ensure they remain fit for purpose. This course covers neighbourhood planning and community power, using CIL and Section 106 effectively for local benefit and affordable housing, the development management implications of the NPPF, models of alternative service delivery, and new bases for fee setting.
Elected member training
- A Councillor's guide to development management - Changing from the control to the management of development requires new thinking and practice on the part of members. The encouragement from CLG and PAS to involve members in pre-application discussions raises particular issues. This course explores the implications for members through role-playing, highlighting specific probity matters, and how potential risks can be overcome. This is a full day course.
- Councillor engagement in pre-applications discussions - This course is suitable where the authority wishes to support members to manage their probity responsibilities. It explores the LGA guidance on probity in planning, the current encouragement for elected members to be engaged in pre-application discussions, and the need for a local protocol to avoid the risk of predetermination. This is a half day course, and can be provided in either the daytime or the evening.
For further information on training opportunities contact Linda Durtnal on 01296 422161 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org