RTPI: Planning Support Staff Update

Organiser: Bev Watson, RTPI
Location: BDP, Manchester
Phone: 0161 604 7799

This event will help those new to planning, planning support staff or those who are regularly expected to comment on planning applications and would like to know more about the system. The event will look at the basics of planning, including the latest updates in mapping and GIS; the development management process and when permission is and isn't required; how to comment effectively on an application; the whole issue of development viability; the decision making process; and how and when to appeal including reference to Appeals, Judicial Review and Legal Challenges.

The evolution of the planning system – John Sturzaker, University of Liverpool

The impact of the NPPF on day to day work in the Planning Support Team – Ian Ponter, Kings Chambers

Community Infrastructure Levy / Section 106 Agreements – Chris Robinson, Eversheds

What is being done to lobby MPs – civil servants in relation to planning resources? – Richard Blyth, Royal Town Planning Institute

Development Viability – Simon Drummond Hay, HDH Planning & Development Limited

Permitted Development Rights – When don't you need planning permission? – John Cummins, Bury Council

GIS – the latest innovation in mapping for Planning Support Staff – Nick Bearman, University of Liverpool

Chairman: Mike Eastham, Fylde Borough Council


  • RTPI members – £95 +VAT (£114.00)
  • Non-RTPI members – £100 +VAT (£120.00)
  • Retired RTPI members – £47.50 +VAT (£57.00)
  • Limited subsidised places are available for unwaged members and students on full time RTPI accredited courses – £30.00 +VAT (£36.00)

Cancellations must be received at least 7 days before the event or may be subject to a £20 cancellation fee. No refund will be given for non-attendance but substitutions are acceptable at any time.

To register email Bev Watson on or call 0161 604 7799.