Officer training

 We offer specialists in their fields who bring their expertise to help your team build their knowledge and skills.

The training will be provided at your premises or chosen venue: or perhaps you can share with neighbouring authorities.

Preparing for local plan examination

Local plan examinations are still new to many staff, and require different skills and approaches to the local inquiry model. This course will help the team get into the right frame of mind to engage confidently with the examination process, and respond effectively to the Inspector.

Ideally the training takes place when the Council has received notification of the Inspector’s key issues. This enables the training to address both principles of approach and how particular issues might be dealt with.

Reporting to Planning Committee

This course covers all aspects of presenting recommendations to committee, including illustrating in the report how material considerations have been balanced; handling member concerns and queries before the meeting; making verbal reports to committee, with tips and tools to assist effective presentation; and responding to issues raised by public speakers and Committee members.

The course emphasises the importance of good communications between officers and members, and provides good practice examples. Please note this is not a specialist presentation skills course.

Tools and tips for appeals and inquiries

The course will review the respective roles of the inspector and the witness and consider the use of expert witnesses.  The trainer will identify best practice and do’s and don’ts when preparing statements and presenting evidence, as well as how to respond under cross examination at inquiries. 

The course will consider an example case study and provide an opportunity for a problem solving “surgery” session.

Planning for gypsies and travellers

This course will ask why local authorities should plan for travellers’ sites and the emerging policy issues with a particular reference to the operation of the duty to cooperate.

It then develops as an individually tailored discussion of the issues around producing the evidence base and developing a local policy.

Neighbourhood planning

This workshop looks at how NDP preparation has evolved over time, and how the expectations in terms of evidence and clear methodology have grown, and the implications for how LPAs will need to support neighbourhood plans in the future.

It goes on to explore particular issues or concerns raised by participants in preparing for the event, and how they might be effectively tackled.

Plan and project viability

Changes to the treatment of development viability in the revised NPPF and the associated guidance in the NPPG change the playing field for viability negotiations. Used effectively they should help LPAs get the affordable housing and infrastructure their communities need.  This makes it even more important the planners have a good working understanding of viability and development finance.

This course looks first at the principles of development viability, and goes on to explore how to get the most out of the changes to the guidance both in the local plan and SPG, and in development management practice.  It covers plan and project appraisal, economic viability, the CIL and nogotiating S106 contributions. 

 Framing effective local plan polices

Plans are a tool of decision making, so it is important that policies are clearly expressed and will stand up to challenge at local inquiry.  This course looks at good practice in presenting plan policy, from the way the plan and sections within it are structured to how policies are expressed, including asking whether example policies are well framed and will be effective in use.

 Being an effective client for good design

 Practitioners welcome the greater importance Ministers now give to good design, but it won't happen on its own.  This course explores how effective design policies can be framed, which will empower officers when they come to deal with development proposals; and how to be an effective client in working with people with urban design expertise to help in negotiating good solutions.

Implementing the CIL

POS Enterprises has worked closely with CLG and local authorities in developing practical ideas about what needs to be done get ready for the CIL. The course will consider how to choose the best approach for the authority’s circumstances to relate the CIL to the use of S106, developing the CIL charging schedule, ensuring success at examination, and arrangements needed for collection and spending of CIL funds.

 

Feedback from our training has been very good: 

“Lots to think about and gives loads of ideas for us to provide a better quality service. Many thanks for a stimulating session. Very good interaction with delegates. Excellent course – thought it was going to be good and it turned out to be better than expected” (Steve Matthews, Sefton MBC) 

“It was helpful that the trainer not only brought general and other LPA case examples but demonstrated awareness of key issues of Barnsley Local Plan and its examination” (Alan Hart, Barnsley MBC)

“Well targeted to individual authority’s circumstances - solution based training” (Rebecca Brown, Richmond on Thames BC)

Neighbourhood planning

This workshop looks at how NDP preparation has evolved over time, how the expectations in terms of evidence and clear methodology have grown, and the implications for how LPAs will need to support neighbourhood plans in the future. 

It goes on to explore particular issues or concerns raised by participants in preparing for the event, and how they might be effectively tackled.

 

For further information on training opportunities please contact Linda Durtnal, our Training and Development Manager at linda@lindadurtnalassociates.co.uk or call 01296 422161.