Training Planning Officers in Low Carbon Developments

In 2010 and 2011 we developed and ran a series of training sessions on a range of topics around sustainability for new developments and low carbon energy.   These were mainly aimed at Local Authority Planning Officers and Planning Committee Members, to help them understand the implications of government’s policy, the technologies they were likely to see in planning applications, and how their policies affect developments. We ran a mix of technical training sessions, workshops and site visits, covering topics such as:

  • Large scale renewable energy installations
  • Renewable heat and electricity for buildings
  • Low carbon design of housing and non-domestic buildings
  • Design for climate adaptation
  • Planning policy to support low carbon developments
  • Assessing planning applications

These programmes were funded through the Climate Change Skills Fund. Starting with a programme of sessions in the NW for officers organized under CLASP, we were then asked to run Council Member training on renewable energy across the Lancashire authorities and a similar programme in the West Midlands, organized by Sustainability West Midlands.

Our training style is very responsive, so we incorporate lots of question and discussion sessions to make sure everyone has a chance to delve into the issues that are relevant to them, and can share experiences with others in the room.

Feedback from these training sessions was always very positive:

“This series of courses has been the best I’ve been to for a very long time” – Joy Tetsill – Shropshire

“A must-go-to session for every policy and development control officer”

David Clarke – Malvern Hills

“Superbly structured seminar. Well presented and the willingness to answer and receive questions was very refreshing.  Thank you.”  Cllr Tom Marshall, Lichfield DC



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