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The planning system explained - London

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 at 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Etc venues, Bishopsgate Court, 4-12 Norton Folgate, London E1 6DQ, UK
RTPI Training

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Delegate numbers are restricted to enhance learning outcomes




Course Aim

This masterclass provides an understanding of the planning system for elected members, parish, community and town councillors, non-planning professionals working in place-making, technicians, administrators and support staff. Delegates will gain an invaluable insight into plan making, 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 appeal.

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

  • Gain a clear understanding on the importance and purpose of the planning system
  • Appreciate the wider context and gather insights into the legislative framework and guidance within which you are working
  • Know what a planning application is and how a decision is made

RTPI Core CPD LogoCore CPD Framework:

- Championing Planning



Our trainer - Alan Southerby

Alan is Immediate Past Chair of the RTPI Cymru Management Board. He established his own planning consultancy in 2013, following a long career in local government in England and Wales. A past Chair also of Planning Officers Society for Wales, his last public sector role was as Senior Manager with Powys County Council.

Alan is also an experienced trainer, and has recently trained elected Members on planning matters in Bridgend County Borough, Ceredigion and Anglesey County Councils.

Past delegates said...

  • "Informal & inclusive, informative with plently of opportunity to ask questions and even debate" (The planning system explained 16.10.18)
  • "The training booklet is really good piece of resource to supplement what's learned in the class!" (The planning system explained 16.10.18)

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