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.

Councillors' NPPF conferences 

7th December - London

We are delivering an all day conference on the new NPPF in London for councillors. It will look at the newly-published NPPF, recognising the challenges and opportunities that it brings. The December event will also include any relevant updates from the Autumn Budget. 

Place at the conferences will be for local authority councillors that are leading planning in their local authorities. Places will be free but there will be limitations on the number of attendees from individually authorities.


7th December - London


Planning, Housing and Affordable Homes (Leadership Essentials - Councillors)

Thursday 13 – Friday 14 December 2018

For planning portfolio holders and cabinet members for planning policy.

Understanding how planning policies can encourage or inhibit various sorts of housing is not straightforward, and in the new 2018 National Planning Policy Framework the definition of what “affordable” means has changed. It is a great opportunity to make sure that your understanding is up to date and your policies are still a good match for the ambition of your council.

We will hear from developers and landlords with plenty of time for Q&A to help newcomers to this area pick up the brief. We will also spend some time taking the “long view” of how housing markets work and the changing role of councils as providers and builders of homes.

There will also be a section on affordable housing in combined authorities and in the context of mayors.

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Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), Section 106 and Development Contributions

Thursday 17 – Friday 18 January 2019

For planning portfolio holders and cabinet members with responsibility to setting, collecting and spending developer contributions.

In 2018 the Government is changing the way that councils can apply a levy to developments to raise money to fund infrastructure and community facilities. This course provides the details on how the new system work for members at all levels of experience.

The course will cover the councillor’s role in leading the policy as well as the ways in which decisions and negotiations play out in planning applications. It will be suitable for councils that already charge CIL as well as those councils that are considering whether it is worth bothering with for them. It will also cover Section 106 agreements as well as make some recommendations about governance and oversight to ensure that best use is made of the money collected.

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Decision making at planning committee: how to run a good planning committee (Leadership Essentials - Councillors)

Thursday 14th March and Friday 15th March 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.

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