Workshops taking place recently at our London venue, The Wesley, as part of the 2018-19 Training Workshop Programme have proved very popular with several of them running at full capacity. There are just three workshops left in this year's programme running at The Wesley with places still available. We recommend getting in touch as soon as possible to reserve your place(s) if you are interested in attending any of these:
- An Introduction to Masterplanning (NEW) - 20 November 2018 (only 5 places remaining)
This is a brand new interactive workshop for those who want to understand the masterplanning process for residential sites and how to create effective, quality led masterplans that will facilitate delivery. The key objectives of the workshop will be to enable participants to develop a broader understanding and appreciation of the overall masterplanning process and the level of spatial and delivery detail needed at each stage of the planning process and to understand the key processes for producing, reviewing and implementing masterplans, spatial frameworks and development briefs. Participants will have the opportunity to develop and apply their own place-making and design skills to practical exercises that focus on key stages of masterplan/spatial framework/development brief production. They will also have the chance to share experiences and learning with other planning and design professionals.
- The Enforcement Toolkit and how to use it - 20 November 2018 (only 4 places remaining)
This workshop is ideally suited to those who are relatively new to planning enforcement as well as anyone who already has some experience (including planning officers or lawyers) seeking a legal update and “refresher” of their knowledge. Elements covered will include determining the nature of the breach, time limits for taking action, and the timing of the assessment of expediency and what this entails. From this assessment "scenarios" should emerge which will indicate the appropriate action(s) and the range of tools that can be used. The workshop will look at the pros and cons of using the key tools, the options for dealing with failure to comply with their requirements and the increasing use of Confiscation Orders under POCA. Real life examples and case studies will be used throughout. For previous participants of our popular Basics of Planning Enforcement this workshop provides an ideal next step in their professional development.
- Design in Planning Applications: how to add value (NEW) - 5 March 2019
This workshop has been developed specifically for town planners involved in development management. It focuses on the role of design in the development management process and is uniquely related to design issues at the scale of everyday application work. Its aim is to help planners to consider matters of design; to develop their knowledge and confidence; and to assist them when advising on, and intervening in, the design process. The overarching purpose of the workshop is to assist practitioners recognise, define and encourage good design in development. It should also improve their ability and understanding in negotiations with applicants both pre and post application. Specific aspects covered include: the basic elements of “good” urban design; using design language to secure better planning outcomes; “sense of place” and how this can be translated into contemporary design; local character and distinctiveness; and techniques for assessing the design merits of a proposal. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their experiences and exchange ideas on how planners can work positively with designers towards an improved end product.
Further details for all these workshops can be found on our website via the above links. Bookings can be made via the online booking system. Provisional bookings to reserve place for a limited time can also be made online or by telephoning us on 01204 385678, and are particularly recommended for the November events if you are unable to make a firm booking straight away.
There is still time to take advantage of our Discounted Block Booking Scheme to earn discounts of between 10 and 15% when booking 2 or more places at the same time (depending on the total number of places booked). Further details of the scheme can be found on our website.