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Developers and viability: introduction - Birmingham - CPD MASTERCLASS

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 at 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Etc venues, Maple House, 150 Corporation Street, Birmingham, B4 6TB, UK
RTPI Training

              Delegate numbers are restricted to enhance learning outcomes


Course Aim

This unique masterclass gives you a rare perspective into the life of a developer, how the development industry works and in particular how to value development land. It uses a mix of techniques and exercises to help you think like a land buyer. Enjoy a varied day and discover the practical application of development economics and gain valuable insight on how to negotiate successful outcomes.

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

  • Learn the language of development, the different types/sources of finance/contingency and profit
  • Learn more about viability assessment, property valuation and assessing sales value, whilst understanding build costs
  • Gain practical experience of designing a scheme and understanding the risks including loss and profit
  • Get insight into the timings of developing a scheme and implications of delays

RTPI Core CPD LogoCore CPD Framework:

- Infrastructure Planning and Economic Development
- Housing


Our trainers:

Keith Thomas


Keith is a chartered development surveyor and town planner with 35 years’ professional experience in major projects, strategic planning, regeneration and economic growth. Keith previously worked for international property consultants Chesterton and for DTZ where he became National Director of Regeneration. He also worked for global design/engineering consultancy EDAW/AECOM where he provided specific development experience to urban design and planning studies across the UK.

He now runs his own planning and development consultancy from his home on the South Wales coast. Keith has established himself as a strong, “critical friend” advisor, working primarily with public sector clients throughout the UK; bringing detailed understanding of commercial delivery and financial viability to economic development and regeneration projects.

Kathleen Dunmore


Kathleen Dunmore is an economist with extensive experience in housing and construction. Kathleen is a founder member of Three Dragons with whom she has worked since 1996. She worked for many years as Social Housing Consultant for the House Builders Federation and before that for Milton Keynes Development Corporation.  Kathleen’s specialisms include older persons housing, whole plan viability appraisal and site specific negotiation.

She is a regular speaker at conferences on property development and town planning. Kathleen was a member of the viability working group which developed advice on the best way to test the viability of Local Plans (the Harman Report).

Past delegates said...

  • "It was a great opportunity to improve my knowledge of development and development finance, and has allowed me to network with peers in both the private and public sector" (Understanding developers and development finance 29.03.18)
  • "Have been in planning a long time - this was new content and it actually provided me with greater and useful knowledge and a better understanding of developer considerations" (Understanding developers and development finance, 29.03.18)
  • "It greatly improved my understanding of the process developers take when acquiring a site for development, and the wide range of challenges they face when delivering a project" (Understanding developers and development finance, 17.04.18)

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

 SDG 4SDG 8SDG 9SDG 10 SDG 11 UN Emblem

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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