Planning, Law, Policy and Practice

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For planners working in the public sector, making recommendations on individual planning applications is a core activity. The key stages of the development management process are covered in an interactive workshop using real case studies. Development management officers need to base their decisions on the relevant policies that are in place in the local plan. All local authorities in England are required to have a local plan that covers all of their areas and to review their plan and keep it up to date.

Special designations were established to protect land that is important for wildlife and for recreation including Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest More recently emphasis has been placed on planning to shape and coordinating the activities of other stakeholders in the public and private sectors. This spatial approach to planning has broadened the role of planning beyond looking at just the built environment. Planning can have a central role to play in important addressing environmental challenges including the production of renewable energy, increased flooding caused by climate change and food security.

The planning system is currently undergoing substantial reform and the longer-term implications of the reforms are yet to be established. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has important implications for plan-making and development management. The teaching will be a combination of lecturing by academic staff; guest lectures by planning practitioners; seminars and workshop sessions. There will also be opportunities to share specific experience and concerns from participants own work. 

Why choose this course?

This short Planning, Law, Policy and Practice course will provide an introduction to two key elements of planning: development management and plan making.



Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
14/11/201916/11/2019Thur to Sat 9-5£360Apply online