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RTPI Planning Enforcement Week

19 - 23 October 2020

This week of free online events has been organised by the National Association of Planning Enforcement (NAPE) in association with RTPI Cymru, RTPI Scotland and RTPI Northern Ireland, in lieu of the Annual NAPE and Wales Planning Enforcement Conferences that would normally be held at this time of year.

This five day event includes a mix of webinars and online discussions covering a variety of topics dedicated to the important role that enforcement plays in the planning process.  

Catch up with all the sessions on the RTPI YouTube Channel

Programme of Events

Monday 19 October

10:30am - 11:30am: The Power of Enforcement

This opening session of the RTPI Enforcement Week will include a welcoming address from Ian Tant (RTPI Immediate Past President) and Neill Whittaker (NAPE Chair), followed by a presentation by Adam Sheppard (University of West England) exploring the vital role that enforcement plays in the planning process as a whole. 

Click here to watch the webinar - Unfortunately, due to a technical fault, only the PowerPoint presentations are visible - it is not possible to see the speakers' webcams in this webinar.

2.00pm - 3.00pm: Advertisement Enforcement

This discussion session, chaired by Neill Whittaker, will explore advertisement enforcement from the perspectives of planning enforcement professionals across the UK. This session will include a general discussion, giving attendees an opportunity to ask questions and learn from the experiences of others.

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Tuesday 20 October

9.30am - 10.30am: Historic Building Enforcement

This session, chaired by Craig Allison (NAPE Vice Chair) will feature Andrew Fraser-Urquhart QC and Charles Forrest (Francis Taylor Building), who will navigate us through the powers available to enforcement officers with respect to historic building enforcement, as well as the potential pitfalls. 

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2.00pm - 3.00pm: What the Foucault has philosophy got to do with planning enforcement?

We are in this session going to take a walk through the 'dark side' of planning theory to explore what planning enforcement officers can learn from dead French philosophers! Using the premise that there is a theorist or philosopher inside every planning enforcement officer, we'll explore themes such as surveillance, control, self-regulation, and compliance. This opportunity to inject some critical reflection into enforcement practice will be led by Neil Harris (Cardiff University) and chaired by Janet Askew (Ulster University and RTPI Past President 2015).

This is an ideal session for those considering the Experienced Practitioner Route to Chartered membership of the RTPI to support the Planning Theory competence.

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Wednesday 21 October

10.30am - 11.30am: Enforcement Delivering Positive Outcomes

Planning Enforcement has a vital role to play in the delivery of healthy, safe, and sustainable communities. This session will explore the positive contributions of enforcement with an examination of three case studies presented by Sarah Feist and Marcus Bayona-Martinez (Vale of Glamorgan Council), Tom Wicks (Enforcement Services and NAPE South East Management Committee Representative), and Beverly Smith (Moray Council).

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1.30pm - 2.30pm: Prosecutions & Injunctions

This session has been organised in association with No5 Barristers’ Chambers, and will look at the role of prosecutions in the planning enforcement process, as well as the proper use and application of injunctions.

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3.30pm - 4.30pm: The Use of Drones in Enforcement

Drones are increasingly being recognised as a valuable tool in planning enforcement. Ervin Hoxha (Sandwell Council) will take us through the benefits and limitations of using drones for enforcement purposes, as well as the legal requirements with which planners must comply when undertaking drone surveillance activities. The session will be chaired by Janet Askew (RTPI Past President 2015), with an opportunity for questions following the presentation.

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Thursday 22 October

Available From 9.00am: Planning Enforcement in the time of Coronavirus

This session  will feature John Drew (Cornwall Council) who will recap the enforcement regime and how COVID-19 has affected things over the course of the last few months. In particular, the webinar will examine recent  changes to Government guidance and legislation, for example, permitting increased flexibility of construction hours on building sites, what to consider when issuing enforcement notices and potential delays in getting cases to the Courts, finishing with some case studies.

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10.30am - 11.30am: Using Direct Action to Achieve Positive Change

Direct Action is a useful (although often little used) tool in the planning enforcement armoury; allowing Local Planning Authorities to take the necessary steps to remedy a breach of planning control where there has been a failure to comply. Jane Jones (Snowdonia National Park Authority) will take us through the challenges that the Snowdonia National Park Authority faced to carry out the demolition of the derelict St David’s Hotel in Harlech, which for many years stood as a blight on the landscape in close proximity to the Harlech Castle World Heritage Site.

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2.00pm - 3.00pm: Getting it Right! The Enforcement Notice

The Enforcement Notice is the most commonly used instrument to remedy a breach of planning control. It is therefore vital that enforcement notices are accurate and able to stand up to scrutiny. This session will look at three case studies presented by Marcus Bayona-Martinez (Vale of Glamorgan Council), Tom Wicks (Enforcement Services and NAPE South East Management Committee Representative), and Beverly Smith (Moray Council) to explore this issue, and the challenges enforcement teams can face when an enforcement notice is found to be defective.

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Friday 23 October

10.30am - 11.30am: Tackling the Issue of AirBnb and Short-term Lets

The Airbnb phenomenon has brought with it a variety of enforcement-related challenges. This session will explore these challenges from the perspectives of enforcement officers from local authorities in England and Scotland. We will also hear about research underway in Wales on the impact of Airbnb on local communities. This session will include a general discussion exploring this issue, and will give attendees an opportunity to learn from others’ experiences.

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2.00pm - 3.00pm: The Future of Enforcement

Chaired by Ian Tant (RTPI Immediate Past President), the final session of the Enforcement Week will look to the future of enforcement with a panel of planning enforcement professionals. Join us for this discussion session that will comprise past experiences, current challenges, and future aspirations to ensure that enforcement continues to play a vital role in the planning system as a whole.

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