The next group of events in our inter-authority training programme for 2018-19 will take place at the Manchester Meeting Place on 6 November 2018, and will include the recently developed one-day workshop Viability: what planners need to know.
Assuming no prior knowledge of the subject the workshop will cover everything from national advice and guidance to applying viability in practice. It considers viability for Local Plan policy development and testing, and in the context of Development Management decision making. Drawing on examples of good practice, appeal decisions and case law it seeks to de-mystify the viability 'black box' enabling participants to understand and evaluate the various components that make up viability, and the different models and ways of assessing it. Through presentations, discussions and a wide variety of practical exercises, the workshop also gives participants the opportunity to begin applying their knowledge in practice by considering viability issues and challenges they are currently facing and ways in which these may be resolved.
This workshop has been run on an in-house basis several times recently by one of our new presenters Jayne Lomas and has received very positive feedback. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Rachel Danemann who was originally scheduled to run the Manchester workshop has had to pull out and Jayne will be stepping in. Some of the comments received from participants of her recent in-house sessions have included:
"Very informative and excellent delivery – the training workshop exceeded my expectations." Francis Ameicor, Maidstone Borough Council
"A comprehensive overview of changing viability position. Good balance in what could be a very technical subject matter." David Eaves, Havant Borough Council
"I had no previous knowledge of viability and the Presenter was clear, simple but very effective." Hannah Collier, East Hants District Council
"Very informative. Good examples for appeals and models for viability." Andrew Jeffers, Swale Borough Council
"Was a lot more informative, interesting and in plain English than I expected! Good balance of presentation and tasks to be completed." Jennifer Winter, East Hants District Council
"Informative range of content that addresses both policy and DM processes, helping us to gain a better understanding of both sides." Katherine Pang, East Hants District Council
Further details for this workshop can be found on our website, where you can also make an online booking. If you are not able to make a firm booking straight away, provisional bookings are recommended and can also be made online.
Discounts of up to 15% are available via our discounted block booking scheme for 2 or more places booked at the same time over any number of events in the 2018-19 programme. Block bookings can be made online and details of other workshops available in the programme can be found on our website.