Training and coaching


People Training

Andrea Pellegram, who also has a PhD in Social Anthropology from University College London, has prepared a specialist training programme for councillors and clerks. Her unique training focuses on the motivations and risks that we all face in planning and our training provides a unique perspective on how local councils should negotiate with different players in the planning game.

We can also provide one to one coaching for clerks and officers to help them become more effective in managing their council’s planning functions.

The courses are very popular and most customers (usually county associations of local councils) run the courses again and again.  Training courses are run regularly in Shropshire, Cheshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, and Dorset.  Individual councils also regularly use our training, which can be tailored to meet your specific requirements.

Module 1:  Introduction to town planning from a local council perspective
Session 1:  Introduction to planning

What is town planning and what does it cover?

  • It’s a plan-led system
  • The policy hierarchy
  • Who is involved and what do they want?
  • Where do parish and town councils fit in?
  • Development Timetable

Session 2:  The role of local councils in town planning

  • Development Timetable
  • Your role as a consultee
  • Probity and transparency
  • Running your planning committee
  • Pre-application discussions with developers
  • The difference between a neighbourhood plan and other council plans

Session 3:  Important planning concepts

  • Planning Conditions
  • Planning Obligations
  • Community Infrastructure Levy
  • Viability
  • Up to date housing land supply policies
  • Permitted Development
  • Biodiversity
  • Material planning considerations

Module 2:  Introduction to neighbourhood planning
Session 1:  Want to do a neighbourhood plan?

  • Introduction to neighbourhood planning
  • NDP preparation timetable (all the steps and how long they will take)
  • The Steering Group
  • Strong and weak policies

Session 2:  Neighbourhood planning – practical tips

  • Policy Types and Evidence
  • Policies to avoid
  • Get organised
  • Funding and support available to you

For more information on our training and coaching service, please get in touch