Conference for Planning Support Staff
Inter-Authority Training

This unique conference has been run annually (sometimes bi-annually) since 1991 and is now established as the principal event of its kind for administrative and support staff working within the planning service.

The event is an excellent opportunity for administrative and technical support staff involved in the planning process to meet colleagues from other authorities, exchange experience and learn about current best practice and forthcoming changes which may affect them.

The most recent Conference took place on 23 May 2019. While the revised NPPF represents a shift in some important elements of national planning policy, this year's conference focused on some of the significant "background" developments and less high profile changes in the world of planning, and the topics discussed included:

  • Supporting the Enforcement Function
  • Permitted Development Rights
  • Funding an Effective Validation Service
  • The Use of Artificial Intelligence: one year on.

Once again, feedback was very positive and comments from some of the attendees can be seen below.

The next Conference will take place in May 2020 and details of the contributors and the topics they will be discussing will be posted here once they have been finalised, closer to the time.

Event Information

Max. Participants 100


Discount Scheme A

Scheduled Dates

Comments From Previous Attendees

Very informative speakers with lots of info to take back to the office.

Harvey Moodley
Elmbridge Borough Council

Very interesting, the permitted development section was very helpful, and the round table discussion was very useful because it covered a lot of points/issues that majority of councils are having. All the speakers had a lot of knowledge and were very good at answering all the questions in a lot of detail. Overall very good and enjoyable day!

Sadie Brown
Slough Borough Council

Great knowledge amongst the speakers who were happy to share. Particularly enjoyed the round table discussion and the variety of topics.

Elaine Wrath
Lincolnshire County Council

Two way conversation between speakers and attendees and not just talked at. Comfortable atmosphere and questions were flowing. Thank you for holding this event.

Verity Allen
North York Moors National Park Authority