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An introduction to the planning system

Thursday, 16 November 2017 at 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Prospero House (etc Venues), 241 Borough High St, London SE1 1GA
RTPI Conferences

This masterclass is intended to provide elected members, administrators and support staff with an understanding of the planning system to enable them to appreciate the wider context within which they are working. The day will include an update on the many changes being proposed by the Government to speed up and improve the planning system.

Delegates will be helped to understand the development planning system, the role of development management and the way decisions on individual planning applications are made either by the planning committee, by the officers under delegated powers or by planning inspectors and the Secretaries of State on appeal.

Who should attend?

  • Elected members
  • Administrators
  • Planning support staff
  • Staff in companies and agencies that interact with the planning system
  • Anyone requiring an introduction to the English Planning System

Benefits of attending

This masterclass will enable you to have an understanding of:

  1. The changes made and being made to the planning system in England by the  Government
  2. Planning policy and how it is prepared at national, regional and local levels
  3. The development management process and the “planning balance”
  4. The role of the planning enforcement system
  5. The appeals system and how it operates



9.00 Registration and coffee

9.30 Development planning - 1  

  • The purpose of the planning system
  • The key players and relationships will be identified
  • Sustainable development - definitions
  • The key components of current National planning policy will be identified

10.00 Development planning – 2

  • The National Planning Policy Framework
  • National Planning Policy Statements for major infrastructure
  • National Planning Practice Guidance
  • The National Infrastructure Planning Regime
  • The hierarchy of development planning documents
  • Local Plans and Local Development Frameworks
  • Matters to be taken into account in preparing development plans
  • The development plan documents

10.45 Development planning - 3

  • The duty to co-operate in relation to sustainable planning
  • The adoption and withdrawal of development plan documents
  • The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
  • Neighbourhood development orders and plans
  • Community right to build orders
  • The power to make charges to meet the LPA’s costs in exercise of their neighbourhood functions

11.30 Coffee and networking

11.50 Development management basics

  • Definitions of ‘development’ and ‘permitted development’
  • Pre-application advice and charging for it
  • The national planning application form and check lists
  • Design and Access Statements
  • Changes of use and the Use Classes Orders
  • Revocation and Discontinuance Orders
  • Listed buildings and conservation areas
  • Tree Preservation Orders

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Making a decision

  • How applications are decided
  • The role of the development plan
  • Material considerations and non-material considerations
  • Officer’s recommendations and delegation Agreements
  • Conditions and reasons for refusal

2.45 What happens next?

  • Appeals and inquiries
  • Decision letters
  • Awards of costs
  • Other routes for complaint
  • Third party rights of appeal

3.15 Compulsory Purchase and Crown Immunity

3.25 Enforcement

  • The role of enforcement in the English Planning System
  • Discretion and expedience
  • Changes introduced by the Planning and Compensation Act 1991
  • Changes introduced by the Localism Act 2011
  • The Enforcement Notice
  • The section 215 Notice
  • Breach of Condition Notices, Planning Contravention Notices
  • Certificates of Lawful Development, injunctions, rights of entry, etc.

4.00 Questions and discussion

4.20 Close