The Role of Councillors in Planning: propriety and good practice
In-House Training

This popular course is aimed at any Councillor involved in or potentially involved in the planning process. It helps Councillors understand their roles and functions more clearly.

Issues covered include:

  • conflicting roles and their resolution
  • approaches/lobbying by developers, applicants, objectors
  • interface with Parish/Town Councils where relevant
  • Committee consideration, including the significance of material considerations
  • conflicts and declarations of interest etc.
  • site visits and meetings
  • decisions contrary to officer advice and how to handle these
  • the role of Councillors at appeals.

This is not a briefing on planning; the course focuses exclusively on the role of Councillors in the statutory system.

This course is available in both full and half-day formats.  The full-day session (delivered by two presenters) consists of an interplay of short presenter briefings, structured interactive case study exercises, discussions and question sessions.  The shorter half-day session (3 hours) is delivered by one presenter and timings can be flexible in either a morning, afternoon or evening. Please be aware that due to time constraints the opportunity for practical exercises is greatly reduced during the shorter session and so an interactive case study cannot be used.

We use a variety of techniques, including:

  • presentations, supported by visual aids as appropriate
  • group discussions/exercises based on pre prepared case studies (full day)
  • question and answer sessions
  • straightforward course documentation.


For further information / how to book

If you are interested in in-house training please contact Angela Holmes. She will be pleased to discuss your requirements and provide outline programmes for you to consider. We are also happy to consider designing bespoke/tailored workshops for individual clients, although in some cases this may involve an additional cost. When you are ready to take things further we can provide a written proposal and check presenter availability.

Please note that all enquiries are without obligation.

Comments From Previous Attendees

Without a doubt the best quality training course I have ever attended at EHDC. The presenters were first class.

Guy Shepherd
East Hampshire District Council

Very interesting course, well laid out and organised. The presenters obviously know their subject and put it across well.

Robin Knowles
Broadland District Council

More than met my expectations. Excellent and fun training day. Best one I have attended!

Rosemary Lock
Torridge District Council

Excellent overview and case study. Good opportunity for discussion and learning. Good that it was a joint event with Planning Officers and Legal Officers. Thank you!

A. Davis-Johnston
Allerdale Borough Council