Planning Leadership Essentials for 2016/17

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

What are Leadership Essentials Planning Courses?

Leadership Essentials courses provide a place where councillors can learn about the latest thinking in leadership and the challenges facing local government around planning. They provide a forum where attendees from across the political spectrum can meet and talk about common issues, hear from leading experts and take part in discussions and exercises, to challenge and develop thinking.

They are generally run over two days and held Warwick Conferences, Coventry. View material from previous sessions here.


The delegate cost for the two day course is £250; this includes accommodation, meals and course materials. An additional night (night before course) would be £85. For councils which have purchased a PAS subscription the delegate cost can be set against the subscription.

To book

Upcoming sessions 

Courses begin at 10am on Thursday 8th and will finish at 3pm on Friday. Delegate cost will be £250. All meals accommodation and course materials will be provided as part of the delegate package. If the council has a PAS Subscription the delegate cost can be set against the subscription. If you wish to arrive the night before, there will be an additional cost of £85.

Previous sessions

The Government and planning reform (Saturday 28th January and Sunday 29th January 2017)

Planning Changes – will they help?

This course was intended to increase understanding of the changes and what the impact might be on yourself, colleagues and your officers. And importantly, what you might need to do back at your authority.

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".