Four workshops to choose from in Edinburgh in November!

The 2017-18 Training workshop Programme for Scotland sees the next group of workshops taking place at the Edinburgh Training and Conference Centre during the first week in November. Places are still available on all these workshops at the moment, however prompt booking is recommended to reserve your place:

  • The Basics of Planning - 1 November 2017
    This practical workshop is designed as an introduction to the planning process for enforcement, administrative and technical staff in LPAs and support staff working in private practice.  As well as providing an introduction to anyone who is new to planning, it is also relevant for more experienced staff who want to set their job in the wider context of the planning process.  The workshop deals with the key elements of the process: development management, enforcement and development planning, incorporating group exercises and case studies where appropriate.  It also provides participants with a valuable opportunity to meet and share experiences with colleagues from other authorities and other parts of the planning process.
  • Effective Planning Appeals - 2 November 2017
    This recent addition to the programme is a masterclass from a serving reporter on up-to-date best practice in presenting and resisting planning appeals made to the Scottish Ministers. The session is appropriate for both public and private sector professionals and features: a review of the 2013 appeals regulations; experience of the management of other procedures such as report cases and Electricity Act casework; guidance on responding to procedure notices, further written submissions, hearings and public inquiry sessions; an update on electronic working and document management; the expenses circular and some recent examples.
  • Negotiation Skills: the key to achieving planning goals and objectives - 2 November 2017
    Almost every day, planning, enforcement and other ‘environmental’ staff within local planning authorities engage in some form of negotiation. Often these negotiations, whether they are with developers, agents, the public or even their colleagues, are carried out without any clear understanding of the principles and techniques involved. Yet having an awareness of both principles and techniques, coupled with experience, can make a formidable difference to an officer’s effectiveness.  This workshop focuses on persuasion and influencing skills; when to negotiate and when not to; approaches to negotiation; “tricks” and techniques; power and the personality dimensions. The workshop combines theories with working references from the experience of participants.
  • An Introduction to Enforcement: maintaining the integrity of the planning process - 2 November 2017
    The credibility of the planning system is increasingly reliant on effective enforcement of planning control. This workshop is aimed at any staff in planning and other departments who may be drawn into enforcement work or who wish to have a contextual understanding of the system, as well as relatively new or less experienced enforcement officers. The workshop will look at what constitutes a breach of planning control, focusing particularly on what constitutes "development" and importantly the statutory exclusions from the definition. Participants will then be introduced to the immunity rules before moving onto when and how the decision on expediency should be made and the "scenarios" that follow from it. The session will take an overview of using the enforcement toolkit with reference to relevant case law and Government guidance.

Further details for all these workshops can be found on our website via the above links. Bookings can be made using the online booking system available on the website. If you are unable to make a firm booking straight away, provisional bookings can be made to reserve places either by telephone on 01204 385678 or via the online booking system.

Don't forget - our Discounted Block Booking scheme offers discount of between 10 and 15% when booking 2 or more places at the same time (over any number of events in the programme). Further details of the scheme are on the website.