Delegates at the sold out National Association for Planning Enforcement (NAPE) Annual Conference heard from a range of experts who delivered practical advice to improve the effectiveness of planning enforcement.
The conference was bookended with the international context planning operates in - Immediate Past President Janet Askew spoke about Britain's comparatively strong planning enforcement function and Barrister Charles Streeten finished with a Brexit update. The main sessions, however was a series of speakers who delivered legal updates, case studies and outlined a range of measures planning enforcement officers could implement to to make the system more efficient.
Dave Westhead, Chair of RTPI NAPE said:
"Planning enforcement is as complicated as ever but this conference provides a valuable update and enables officers to have more confidence carrying out their day to day role."
Dave Westhead said “enforcement is one of the most effective services provided by councils” and delegates were willing to share, learn and continue to promote ways of being effective and continuing developing their skillset of negotiating, advising, protecting, enhancing further. The innovative use of community protection notices in planning enforcement outlined and the discussion workshops on undertaking direct action and getting enforcement notices right were particularly insightful and useful for delegates.
The conference was kindly sponsored by Francis Taylor Building, Burges Salmon and 12 College Place and held at Burges Salmon offices in Bristol.
Twitter: use #RTPIenforcement to see how the day unfolded