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Planning Briefing for Local Councils
Aimed at newer local parish, town and city councillors and those seeking a refresher, this course helps you get the best out of the opportunity to respond to the local planning authority on planning applications. It is also suitable for newer clerks and council officers.
Wednesday 17th November 2021
10 am - 1 pm
By Zoom
Officers who book the event will be supplied with the link to the Zoom meeting ahead of the event to be passed to those councillors booked on the training. Where delegates’ email addresses are supplied, we can also send direct.
Delivered by
David Kaiserman BA DipTP MRTPI
Terms and Conditions
Please note, there are no “provisional” bookings. Submission of this form will constitute a booking and all bookings will be invoiced. The invoice will be sent automatically upon booking. Wiltshire Association of Local Councils reserves the right to cancel an event if there is insufficient interest or in the event of illness or irresolvable technical issues. In the case of the latter two reasons, we will try to reschedule as soon as possible. TO BE BOOKED BY OFFICERS ONLY. COUNCILLORS, PLEASE ASK YOUR OFFICER TO BOOK ON YOUR BEHALF - THANK YOU.

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Planning Briefing for Local Councils – 17th November – 10 am – 1pm

Wednesday 17th November 2021 – 10 am – 1 pm

This briefing on planning for local councils focuses on helping parish, town and city councillors get the best out of the opportunity they have to respond to the local planning authority on individual planning applications. We will cover:

  •  What needs planning permission and what doesn’t? This will include an update on the many changes to this that the Government has made recently
  •  Who actually takes the decision? Officers? elected members? Inspectors?
  •  Who gets to be consulted or notified when applications are made?
  •  What factors are relevant to the decision? (a) The policy framework The importance of the Development Plan (the Local Plan and any Neighbourhood Plans); any other locally-approved policies, such as Design Guides etc; the relevance of national policy
  •  What factors are relevant to the decision? (b) other “material considerations” The responses from consultees and publicity; examples of what is and what is not “material” in planning terms – and the grey areas in between. Where does national policy come in?
  • The choices for the Planning Authority– approve? refuse? defer?
  • The use of conditions the six tests 
  • The appeals system rights of appeal and the costs regime – the importance of evidence

This course will be delivered by David Kaiserman BA DipTP, MRTPI. David has been a Chartered Town Planner since 1967, working first for the City of Manchester and then the former Greater Manchester Council.  He led the team that drew up the first statutory Green Belt for the conurbation and took charge of the preparation of the Local Plan for the City. He finished his local government career in 1996 as Acting Director of Planning, and for the next 23 years delivered training for many District, County and Parish / Town councillors and officers (on behalf of Trevor Roberts Associates Ltd).  During much of this time he was also a consultant Planning Inspector, responsible for over 1500 appeal decisions. As well as having run online training courses in planning (stimulated by the pandemic), he has also been an independent examiner of neighbourhood plans for the last few years (about 25 completed so far).

Over the years, David has run hundreds of courses on the planning system for elected members at all levels of local government.  The need for training is as great as ever: he is keen to share his experience of the complexities of the planning system with those whose job it is to engage with it.

Please only book these courses if you are sure that the councillors being booked can attend on the times and dates you book. The council will be invoiced upon booking. Thank you.