Planning Aid has visited the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) to provide training for its staff on delivering good public consultation. Attendees at the event included Sir Michael Pitt (Chair of the IPC), Robert Upton (Deputy Chair) and two IPC Commissioners.
The team took IPC staff through a background to Planning Aid, setting out its role in providing free, independent, professional advice to disadvantaged individuals and groups through a network of staff and volunteers.
Reference was also made to the work Planning Aid has been doing with CLG and the Interim IPC team to deliver a series of regional briefings on the implementation of the 2008 Planning Act.
This was followed by a session on community consultation and engagement, which built upon the step change in approach to pre-application consultation introduced by the 2008 Act, which makes this a statutory requirement for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) which will fall to the IPC to determine.
Planning Aid National Planner Sue Manns said: "We had some excellent feedback from IPC staff and look forward to working with them again."