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.

Since our last Conference twelve months ago, the government has announced a number of changes and new initiatives. Some of these have already been introduced and others will have been introduced by the time this year’s Conference takes place. In addition, the government is now consulting on amendments to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) originally introduced in March 2012.

This latest conference offers participants the opportunity to understand the current direction of travel and reflect on how their planning service might look in the future. The contributor's will include:

  • VIVIEN GREEN, Planning Consultant and TRA Senior Associate - Recent changes to the appeals system
  • IAN ROWAN, Heritage and Conservation Officer with Wigan MBC - Heritage Statements and what to look out for
  • JENNIFER SMITH, Director of Smith Jenkins Planning Consultants - Changes to the NPPF and GPDO
  • BRETT LEAHY, Head of Planning Services and DEBBIE HARDY, Technical Planning Manager with Milton Keynes Council - The Use of Artificial Intelligence and other "futuristic" changes.

The conference will be chaired by CHRIS WEETMAN, Planning Consultant and TRA Associate who will also lead a round table discussion involving all the speakers and delegates, looking at the direction of travel for planning and the future delivery of planning services within the context of the expectations of central government. 

Event Information

Max. Participants 100

£ 205 + VAT

Discount Scheme A

Scheduled Dates

Comments From Previous Attendees

Excellent event, totally worth a day away from the office. Learnt so much and lots to think about when I’m back in the office

David Simmons-Lindill
Northampton Borough Council

Relevant, up to date and thought provoking content. First class speakers who are open and engaging

Peter Stevens
Guildford Borough Council

Exceeded my expectations. It was well orgainsed and very informative with useful content. I particularly found useful the different perspectives from the different speakers

Caroline Caldwell
Ealing Council

I found the event overall very instructive, with interesting topics that were relevant to our modern planning service

Jacky Clark
Havant Borough Council