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Planning and design: making better places - Leeds

Tuesday, 11 June 2019 at 9:30AM - 4:00PM
Cloth Hall CourtQuebec St, Leeds LS1 2HA, UK
RTPI Training

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Delegate numbers are restricted to enhance learning outcomes




Course Aim

Design awareness and assessment is an important skill for planners. The physical form of buildings and spaces is essential for development management and sustainable development, however achieving high standards of design through the planning system is challenging. This masterclass will consider the following issues:

  • How can local authorities write effective design policy?
  • How can consultants help developers achieve good design?
  • What is the role of design in winning planning appeals?
  • In appraising development, how can planners tell the difference between good design and bad?
  • How can we avoid the problem of a development receiving planning permission but then something of much inferior quality being built?

Through a combination of expert trainer input, discussion and group work, you will:

  • Gain an insight into national and local frameworks and the implications these have for design
  • Take part in a site visit, exploring the process of appraising design
  • Learn how to write design guidance and design codes
  • Work on case studies and review good practice

RTPI Core CPD LogoCore CPD Framework:

- Design



Our trainer - Rob Cowan

Rob is an urbanist and writer, and director of the consultancy Urban Design Skills. He is one of the UK’s most experienced planning and urban design trainers, working with both members and officers. He has delivered the RTPI’s masterclasses on Design in the Planning System for the past 12 years. He is editor of Context, the journal of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, and a judge of the Civic Voice Design Awards. He was the joint author of the government’s first urban design guidance, By Design, and he has edited its replacement, the recently published Design Companion for Planning and Placemaking.

Past delegates said...

  • "A very good overview of the role of design throughout planning and a helpful framework for critical and creative thinking. The practical application of training to real world case studies and site visit were also helpful" (Planning and design: making better places, 19.04.18)

The RTPI supports the adoption of all 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and this course specifically supports:

SDG 10 SDG 11 SDG 13 UN Emblem

Please note there is limited availability for Licentiate, Independent Consultants and concessions. To be eligible for the Independent Consultant rate, you need to be member of the Independent Consultants Network (ICN). For the RTPI concessions rate, you need to be a RTPI student, unemployed or retired member. You will need your membership number and password to book.

If you are having difficulties booking please contact us on 020 7929 8400 or email