Post election training for Councillors - a final reminder before Election Day!

For many authorities local Council elections are literally just around the corner.  We would like to remind those of you who are considering providing planning training in the coming months about the importance of booking dates as soon as possible; this will ensure that your Councillors don’t miss out on one of our extremely popular in-house training sessions.

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.

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 or Role of Councillors one-day workshops and are delivered by one presenter.

These are some feedback comments from previous in-house Councillor workshops:

  • Exceeded expectations, mostly due to the knowledge of the presenters and the methods used which made the delegates work together effectively.  Cllr Stephen Haroldsen, Copeland Borough Council
  • The whole thing was professionally delivered as usual – the right balance of humour and realism.  Still brings home the fact that no matter how often I preach, information delivered by external trainers delivers the ‘light bulb’ moment. Fiona Edwards, Development Planning Manager, Cheshire West and Chester Council
  • Have attended the last two TRA sessions (over two years) but there is always something new to learn, so even though I have been a Councillor for three years I like to attend for updates.  Cllr Julie Bell, St Albans District Council
  • More than met my expectations and should be made compulsory for all Councillors. All Councillors would benefit from this training – it would help them understand the reasons behind decisions. Cllr Angela Glass. East Hampshire District Council
  • Excelled expectations – well done!  Well presented, easy delivery.  Both presenters were lively and obviously knowledgeable. Cllr Nigel Taylor, Mendip District Council.

The Training for Councillors section of our website provides further information and answers the most frequently asked questions. We generally ask for around 4-6 weeks notice to arrange Councillor training but will aim to accommodate clients wherever possible thanks to our large team of experienced presenters. 

Please note that many authorities have already avoided the rush and booked their training days so May is now fully booked – however, we should still be able to accommodate dates in June and July at this stage. Don’t leave it until the last minute, contact us today to secure your training date!

To see an outline programme without obligation, or to arrange a booking please contact Angela Holmes.