• Cranborne Chase AONB, Shears Building, Stone Lane Industrial Estate, Wimborne, BH21 1HB  Tel: 01725 517417

Planning Seminar - Sixpenny Handley Hall

Summary: Understanding the planning system in an AONB

Date: Sep 10, 2019 00:00:00 to 23:59

Planning ‘Demystified’: Getting your voice heard 

Understanding the planning system in an AONB


10 September 2019

9.30am to 4.15pm 
Sixpenny Handley Village Hall SP5 5NJ

Town & Rural Planning is a complex, involved and ever changing subject. Decisions made by Local Planning Authorities have a long lasting impact on all towns, villages, the countryside and local communities, especially within Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

This course is aimed at parish and town councillors and their officers, community and volunteer organisations, parish clerks, development management planners and local residents.

The training will take an interactive approach based on presentations, workshop, case studies, discussions and the development of a group action plans. There will be morning, afternoon and lunchtime breaks and time for informal discussions. The course will include:

• How your Parish Council influences planning policy and decisions
• The planning application process & the types of applications
• Role of Local & Neighbourhood Plans 
• Appeals and public inquiries
• Permitted development & exemptions in AONBs
• What can go wrong!

The course will be delivered by Simon Williams MBE, BSc, DipTP, MSc, MRTPI, a Chartered Town Planner with over 35 years’ experience in planning, in a number of local authorities in England & Wales.

Simon has been self-employed as Footprint Futures – Planning & Regeneration for the past six years. He was a Local Authority Head of Planning & Regeneration in Dorset for many years and has extensive experience of delivering such training to Elected Members at District, Town and Parish levels across the UK. He has also been a visiting lecturer at a number of Universities and delivered many presentations on a wide range of subjects.

Simon will be supported by Richard Burden BSc DipCons MSc FLI CMCIPD CMCMI(rtd) PPLI, Principal Landscape and Planning Officer at Cranborne Chase AONB and Linda Nunn BA MSc MCMA FCMI, Joy Griffiths Award 2017, Director, Cranborne Chase AONB. 

Course Overview

Pressure for development is increasing all the time and it is important that Councillors exercise sound and balanced judgments when making observations on developments that will affect their locality, and that these judgments and decisions are based on Planning Policies and other ‘Material Planning Considerations’. This is particularly important in an AONB where there is a statutory obligation to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the designated landscape.

Why should you attend?

If you’ve ever had to respond to a planning application, need help with your application or the creation of your Neighbourhood Plan then this is the course for you.

Sound planning recommendations are essential for the proper working of any Local Town/Parish Council, both to ensure that the Council responds in an informed and professional manner, which is valued by the Local Planning Authority, and to protect the reputation of the Authority.

Developing good working relationships between Councillors commenting upon planning applications and those advising them is also critical. Providing, maintaining and improving training in planning for both town councillors and officers is therefore an important requirement for all authorities.

Attendees will also be provided with the Footprint Futures document, ‘Material Planning Considerations’ electronically, for use with their own organisations, as well as examples of case studies and will be sent the ‘Group Action Plan’ following the training session. This seminar can count towards Continuing Professional Development and a certificate of attendance can be provided.

Tickets cost £48 / delegate (including VAT) - cheque or cash preferred
A reduced fee of £24 will apply for all additional delegates from the same parish or organisation
Lunch and refreshments are included in the delegate fee and are provided by local caterer, Mary Yorke 
To attend, please register your interest with Shirley Merrick