Our learning groups assist groups of authorities to share experience and explore aspects of plan-making practice. Two deal with local plans (with one based in London and the other in Leeds), one specialises in minerals and waste planning, and the fourth deals with neighbourhood planning. The neighbourhood planning group meets three times a year, and the others four times.
Participants in the local plan groups select the topics for meetings in the light of their priorities and current interests. Expert project officers develop discussion materials and facilitate rewarding meetings.
The minerals and waste group is one of the few channels of support to minerals and waste authorities. Members make extensive use of a contact group to raise queries with each other.
The neighbourhood planning group was set up to bring together practitioners who support qualifying bodies. It provides a forum for officers to share thinking about aspects of the regime.
Current participation fees are £1,450 per year for the two local plan groups, £1,600 per year for the minerals and waste group, and £1,000 per year for the neighbourhood planning group.