Understanding Planning Course 1

We have now delivered in excess of 100 + sessions of Understanding Planning 1, over the last two years. We have applied all  relevant updates that have come into force over this time, to keep it relevant. 

It covers:

  • Planning Process
  • Planning Applications,
  • Material Considerations as set out by the Government,
  • Statutory Consultees,
  • Local Plans, 
  • s106 Planning Gains,
  • Community Infrastructure Levy, 
  • Permitted Development
  • Development Control
  • and much more .....

As well as empowering Councils it also provides the tools and knowledge to make your voice heard. 

We have now written a follow up Course that covers the most recent developments in planning legislation and thinking.

Understanding Planning Course 2

This new course is designed to be delivered as a stand alone course or as an update session to the first Understanding Planning Course or part of a two session planning training package delivered at your locality. 

The updates again are steered towards empowering Councils with knowledge and understanding of the challenges faced by increased development, rural and urban localities, five year supply of land speculative development and the updates below:  

Includes updated legislation and guidance on:

  • Planning Abriviations 
  • S106 (Planning Contributions)
  • CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy)
  • Affordable Housing and Starter Homes
  • Planning Processes - Permission in Principle and Brown Field Site Registers
  • Neighbourhood Plans - Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017
  • Temporary Compulsory Purchase
  • Planning White Paper on Housing
  • Governments Help to Buy
  • Land Trusts, Buying Land, Compulsory Purchase
  • Economic development and local economies 
  • Town and Parish Councils as developers options of bringing development forward in their locality


Our courses are friendly and informal and all questions are answered during and after the session. It allows each Council to address the issues they are facing and have our help in providing options or solutions. The Courses are for Councillors, Clerks, Officers, Councils, Planning Committees etc

To deliver at a venue of your Councils choice

You are welcome to invite other Councils to off set the cost, if you wish and there is no limit in number of attendees (subject to your venues capcity). We only add a modest additional charge to cover the additional training packs over 15.

Understanding Planning Course 1 - £150 (stand alone)

Understanding Planning Course 2 - £170 (stand alone)

Understanding Planning Course 1 & 2 over two session - £300

We do add a small charge for milage depending on your locality 

To book your session - Contact dceo@lcpas.co.uk or call 01787 829576