Planning in Plain English
Date - 16/09/21 - Time: 18.30 - 20.30 - Location: Zoom - Price: £40

Planning in Plain English

Introduction – how to be effective in influencing the planning system from a councillor perspective

Practical exercise - Permitted or permission?

Guidance – information sources and where to find help

Process – an explanation of the planning system structure, cutting through the confusion, putting everything into context without the jargon

Policies & Resources – the planning framework, why and how Local Councils should be active at all levels.

Effective response – how to construct a response, the language to use, how to make points that are relevant, in context and need to be taken notice of, using precedent etc., which detail to pick up and concentrate on, why and where to find the specific information

Practical exercise - Material or Non-material?

Consideration – Green belt, flood planes, using the local knowledge only Local Councillors have

In practice - what is the role of a councillor, how not to waste valuable time (yours and the Planners), which documents to look at.

Keeping up to date – what’s coming down the line

NB We supply all the hyperlinks to the available resources to build your own quick reference files when considering planning applications.

Recent workshop feedback

17 participants – 16 responses

16 smiley faces! (1 non-return)


Very useful with practical examples

Excellent presentation full of very useful information – many thanks

Absolutely cracking course!! I will recommend to my fellow councillors. Very practical and relevant to councillors!

Massively informative

Very good and pitched very well

Very useful, clear, interesting – friendly, helpful terms

Excellent (X2)

Very good!

Excellent – Should encourage all councillors to attend

Good information without too much detail. Entertaining. Well Done!

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