Planning Aid England in the South West is organising a FREE training event for South West Planning Aid England volunteers. The training will cover current topics for planning within the South West ranging from the Planning Reform, Affordable Housing, Community Engagement and the Plymouth Plan for Homes. This session will cover the current challenges to delivering housing in the ever-evolving political environment - and maintaining community engagement to enable an integrated and locally accepted approach to this - with an emphasis on how Plymouth are addressing these issues through the award winning ‘Plymouth Plan for Homes’.
The event is taking place on Thursday 24th November at The Brewhouse in Taunton starting at 6pm (arrivals and refreshments from 5:30) and finishing at 8:15pm.
As well as specific training on current planning issues, this event will provide a great opportunity to find out more about current Planning Aid England activities and to network with fellow PAE volunteers based in the South West.
The event is free, but booking is essential.
Please note, spaces are limited. Only currently registered PAE volunteers are eligible to book onto this training, however volunteers are welcome to bring along a guest. To do this please select ‘2’ in the ticket quantity drop down box.
Confirmed topics/speakers include:
1 Planning Reform: Stuart Houlet, Development Manager, Sedgemoor District Council
An introduction to the Planning Reforms 2012-2015 and the ongoing reform agenda. Discussion will also focus on Starter Homes, Permission in Principle, Brownfield Register, Testing Competition and what challenges or opportunities these may bring.
2 Affordable Housing: Duncan Harvey, Affordable Housing and Development Manager, Sedgemoor District Council
Consideration will be given to the current National Housing Agenda, the challenges that this brings and how the Local Authorities are working with this to try to secure delivery.
3 Plymouth Plan for Homes: Plymouth City Council Housing Delivery Team
The Plymouth Plan for Homes is a £80 million commitment to housing investment to increase the quality and supply of new housing in the city and sets out 20 new initiatives. The plan has recently won the Royal Town Planning Institute’ (RTPI) Silver Jubilee Cup.
4 Community engagement in the planning process: details TBC