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Planning for non-planners - London - CPD MASTERCLASS

Thursday, 03 December 2020 at 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Etc venues, Bishopsgate Court, 4-12 Norton Folgate, London E1 6DQ, UK
RTPI Training

              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 a past Chair of the RTPI Cymru Executive Committee. 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...

  • "I enjoyed the learning environment, it felt very relaxed and I felt as though I could ask all my questions. " (The planning system explained 12.02.19)
  • "I found the presentation throughout the day to be really engaging and delivered in a very effective and informative way." (The planning system explained 12.02.19)
  • "I think Alan did a great job and really made a detailed subject come alive. He made the session very interactive and was really engaging with his students" (The planning system explained 18.09.19)


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


For the concessions rate, you need to be a student, unemployed or retired.

*Early bird price for all training events is 15% off if you book by the end of February 2020*

Please note all training events will be open for registration from 09:00 until 09:30.

All bookings are self-service and if you are a member you will need your membership number and password to login.

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

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