'Without the strong enforcement function the whole integrity of the planning system is undermined', Stephen Wilkinson (pictured, right), RTPIs incoming 2016 VP told attendees at this years' RTPI NAPE Annual Conference.
The 80 planning enforcement officers from local authorities across the country heard from a range of experts and key figures on the latest issues in planning enforcement. Attendees were forewarned about the impact of office to residential permitted development rights by Richard Turney from Landmark Chambers. Scott Stemp talked about the impact of proceeds of crime on planning. The conference comes at a time of widespread cuts to local authority planning budgets, affecting their ability to deliver a key range of functions, including enforcement.
Dave Westhead (pictured below), NAPE Chair said:
"Today's conference was a great opportunity for our members to share their individual experiences and learn from experts. In light of cuts to planning departments across the country it is more important than ever that enforcement officers are at the forefront of changes to the planning system and demonstrate the importance of this vital aspect of planning."
The conference was held at Islington Assembly Hall and kindly sponsored by Landmark Chambers. It is one of the many events provided free by NAPE for its members, keeping them up to date on best practice, legal issues and latest developments which can also contribute to their Continuing Professional Development.
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Listen to Stephen Wilkinson's opening remarks at the NAPE Annual Conference
Listen to Scott Stemp from 12 College Place Chambers talk about proceeds of crime and planning enforcment
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