Introduction to Planning

LocationMarylebone, Central London
FacultyArchitecture and the Built Environment

The course provides a basic introduction to planning for non-planners, including what planning is, why we need it, the framework of how it operates in the UK, and the system and processes of how it works in practice, with particular reference to the requirements of the course participants and their employing organisations.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for:

  • built environment professionals working in property, housing, regeneration, urban design, architecture, environment and sustainability
  • planning support and administration staff
  • local authority customer services officers
  • elected councillors
  • members of voluntary sector organisations engaged in the planning process

Courses open for booking
Start date Duration Day and time Price Apply
18 November 2016 3 sessions Fridays (18 and 25 November, 2 December) 10am–5pm £515 Book now

The course fee includes all course materials and refreshments and a sandwich lunch.

Course content

Focusing on improving knowledge and skills to undertake and understand spatial planning and development management, the course will cover:

  • preparation and implementation of local and neighbourhood plans
  • the registration, processing and determination of planning applications
  • the monitoring and enforcement of planning decisions

Teaching and learning methods

The course be based on the principles of 'telling, showing and doing'. The course is interactive and requires active participants and not passive observers. It will develop your knowledge and understanding of spatial planning and development management, but more importantly it will help you improve your skills and techniques in applying this to your real-life work situations.

The course will focus on your specific learning needs, and match your needs to the duties and requirements of your job.

We will use a wide variety of learning methods and techniques including:

  • pair and group work
  • sharing experiences with colleagues
  • workshops
  • practical exercises
  • case studies
  • role plays
  • prepared tasks
  • coursework
  • site visits
  • debate and discussion
  • presentations
  • creation of workbooks and portfolios
  • self-directed reading and research
  • reflection
  • evaluation

By the end of this course you will understand:

  • the legal and wider strategic context for planning
  • the development control/development management process
  • the factors to be taken into account in determining a planning application
  • the importance of planning policy in making decisions on individual planning applications
  • basic advice on plans affecting buildings and land

You will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the purpose of planning, and what planners do
  • describe the basics of planning law, and how the planning system works
  • explain what is “development”, and assess whether a proposal is “permitted development”
  • advise on whether planning permission is required, and how to apply
  • describe all the stages in processing a planning application to decision
  • explain how planners engage with the local community, statutory agencies and other stakeholders
  • show how Development Plans & planning policies are used to assess planning applications
  • understand how planning conditions, planning obligations and other infrastructure levies are used to secure high quality development and community benefits
  • be more confident in dealing with enquiries/questions about planning applications and planning issues generally
  • identify further areas for training, including self-guided learning and personal development