Upcoming Events

We run event series that are focussed on developing the skills you need to be a better planner or councillor involved in planning. Please keep revisiting this page for updates on current events.

Housing Delivery Test workshops

These workshops are not open events (they are for those councils scoring below 95% in the Housing Delivery Test) but it's a bit complicated so this page provides an overview before you book on eventbrite. 

We are running a programme of support in three parts. You are invited to come to all three, although some people have already prepared much of the supporting information and may only want to come along to the final session. These workshops are interactive and you should bring a laptop. To try to encourage people to collaborate we are suggesting certain regions should try to come on particular days, but this won't be enforced. 

Workshop 1. this takes people through the first stages of preparing an HDTAP.  We will discuss supply & demand, process & policy and leadership, entrepreneurialism and attraction. The focus will be on preparing a critical path, evidence log and assembling site information. 

Monday 20/05/2019 - London - for the South East (Kent & Essex)

Tuesday 21/05/2019 - Manchester - for the North

Wednesday 22/05/2019 - London- for the South West and other home counties

Thursday 23/05/2019 - Cambridge - for the East of England and Midlands

Friday 24/05/2019 - London - for the Boroughs


Workshop 2: this is a process of analysing the data to understand what the root causes could be, so that suitable responses can be designed. The focus is on scoping the issues to be dealt with in the Action Plan as well as sharing ideas on what sort of interventions might work. 

Monday 17/06/2019- London - for the South East (Kent & Essex)

Tuesday 18/06/2019 - Manchester - for the North

Wednesday 19/06/2019 - London for the South West and other home counties

Thursday 20/06/2019 Cambridge - for the East of England and Midlands

Friday 21/06/2019- London - for the Boroughs

Workshop 3: This is a larger "finishing up" session where people are going to share and compare aspects of their Action Plans. It will be an opportunity for Q&A on particular themes as well as to begin the process of reflecting on the Action Plan process itself. 

Tuesday 23/07/2019 - Manchester - for the North

Thursday 25/07/2019 - London - for the South


Chief planners conference

Autumn 2019 - exact dates being finalised

Following the success of our previous Chief Planner events we have decided to extend the format to allow some "rising stars" to come along too. 
Watch this space (or subscribe to our bulletin) to find out more. 


How to run a good planning committee

Birmingham: Thursday 19th September and Friday 20th September 2019

For Planning committee chairs and vice-chairs.

A council's planning committee is a very public window into a council's decision making processes. The outcomes from the committee are seen in the developments that are delivered through the decisions made. The aim of the planning committee must be for the public that engage in this complex and often controversial process to be satisfied with and clear about the decision making process, if not always the outcome.

Chairing a committee, and all the preparation and lead-in required for good decision making can be challenging. The course will focus on good quality decision making at planning committee and how a good planning committee is run. Attendees will be able to compare how their committee operates with other authorities and share ideas with other councillors.

The cost of the course £250 per person which includes all meals and an overnight stay. To find out more or to book a place on this course please contact grace.collins@local.gov.uk