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Planning and design: making better places - London - CPD MASTERCLASS

Tuesday, 25 February 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

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 developmt, 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 3SDG 4SDG 8SDG 9SDG 10 SDG 11SDG 13UN 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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