For some local authorities, Council elections will be taking place on Thursday 3rd May 2018. We would like to remind those of you who are considering providing planning training in the post-election period about the importance of booking soon to ensure that your Councillors don’t miss out on one of our extremely popular in-house training sessions.
Even for those Councillors who are relatively experienced in planning, training will be especially important in light of the constant changes to the way in which the planning system operates; you can be assured that our course content is bang up to date.
We can respond to various training requirements, providing individual bespoke sessions as appropriate, but particularly popular in the post-election period are our one-day sessions:
- A Briefing on Planning for Councillors (two presenters) – covering planning procedures and policies, and focusing especially on Development Management
- The Role of Councillors in Planning: propriety and good practice (two presenters) - covering issues such as conflicts and declarations of interest, material considerations, lobbying, and making the decision
- A Planning workshop for Councillors (one presenter) – this session combines elements from both of the above workshops to give a broad overview of planning and a Councillor’s role.
A mixture of pre-prepared case studies and practical exercises are used during the sessions to help highlight key points and give the training a stronger impact.
If the time commitment for Councillors is a major consideration we can also offer shorter sessions (3 hours) with flexible timings during a morning, afternoon or evening. These sessions are essentially shortened versions of the above Briefing on Planning and Role of Councillors one-day workshops and are delivered by one presenter.
Please note that demand is very high in the period immediately after the elections and therefore we would highly recommend that you get in touch as soon as possible to fix your preferred date and avoid any disappointment. Several authorities have already avoided the rush and booked their preferred training days, but we should have no problem in accommodating more bookings in May due to our large team of experienced Councillor presenters.
The Training for Councillors section of our website provides further information and answers the most frequently asked questions.
To receive a detailed quotation on any of the above workshops, please contact Angela Holmes without obligation. The prices that we quote are ‘all-in’ and therefore include all of our fees, presenter’s expenses and pre-course/course material. This means that there are no hidden extras and our clients are aware from the outset what they can expect to pay at the invoicing stage.
Don’t leave it until the last minute, contact us today!