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 next Conference is due to take place on 23 May 2019. While the revised NPPF represents a shift in some important elements of national planning policy, this year's conference will be focusing on some of the significant "background" developments and less high profile changes in the world of planning.  Our panel of contributors and the topics they will be discussing include:

  • MICHAEL HYDE, Independant Planning Consultant and TRA Associate - Supporting the Enforcement Function
  • CARON TAYLOR, Principal Planner at Chorley Borough Council - Permitted Development Rights
  • EMILY BARRY, Planning Registration Team Leader at South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse Council - Funding an Effective Validation Service
  • DEBBIE HARDY, Technical Planning Manager at Milton Keynes Council - The Use of Artificial Intelligence: one year on.

The Conference will be chaired by CHRIS WEETMAN, Independant Planning Consultant and TRA Associate.

Although not delivering a formal presentation this year, TRA Senior Associate VIVIEN GREEN will be attending and will contribute to the round table discussion.

For more details on the topics being covered, you can view/download a copy of the leaflet via the link on the right.


Event Information

Max. Participants 100

£ 210 + VAT

Discount Scheme A

Scheduled Dates

Comments From Previous Attendees

I can’t put into words the course’s importance but here goes: knowledge sharing / myth busting / empowering, confidence building and invaluable. It pays for itself in the benefits the council gets back from the attendees.

Adine Schrankel
Suffolk Coastal District Council

Always good content and always leave with tips from other LPA’s and speakers.

Sarah Parisi
East Cambridgeshire District Council

Very much enjoyed the subjects on the agenda, found the round table discussion very helpful.

Natalie Compton
Chiltern & South Bucks District Councils

All speakers were knowledgeable, this has helped me to understand some of the areas that weren’t clear and be able to take away new ideas.

Janette Court
Wigan Council