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7-9.15 pm

You'll be taken step-by-step through the process of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for your parish. We'll look at the advantages of having a Neighbourhood Plan, the stages for producing a plan, and the time and resource commitment required.  This course includes a case study example of a Norfolk village Neighbourhood Plan – what has worked and what hasn’t.


Tuesday, 16 July 2024


Held online


David Fowler


£48 for subscribers | £60 for non-subscribers

This course is recommended for new and experienced clerks and councillors.

Course content

What is a Neighbourhood Plan? –  meeting the basic conditions

The advantages of having a Neighbourhood Plan

Making a decision –  time, resource and other commitments

Establishing a Steering Group –  membership and terms of reference

Accessing grant funding

Engaging a planning consultant

Working with your District/Borough Council – conforming with local planning policy

Addressing key issues – housing need, environment and transport

Gathering key data

Community engagement

Drafting planning policies

The examination process – referendum and adoption

By the end of the session you will feel more confident about the steps involved in the Neighbourhood Planning process.

The tutor, David Fowler, is a recently retired local government Assistant Director of Planning with over 30 years of working in this field.  He is now a parish councillor in Norfolk.

Training the whole council

This course can be delivered and tailored specially for your council, which can be a cost-effective approach if you have a number of councillors who require this training. You choose where and when you want our tutor to deliver.


We'll send you a link via email a day or two before the session is due to be held, so you can just click on the link to join in. You'll need a laptop, tablet or smartphone with a camera; if you haven't tried this technology before that's fine - we'll happily conduct a quick test session with you the day before if you like.

Recent feedback from our Understanding Planning courses also delivered by David:

Surprisingly good! In that I felt that this was a rather dry subject and it would be difficult to keep our attention. And yet that was more than achieved as, I believe, the training was relevant, useful and informative.

Excellent, I certainly learnt a lot during the evening and it was a nice relaxed atmosphere.

Very professional and very relevant and useful.

For me it was spot on.

As always with Norfolk PTS, a very well planned and presented session.

I’m really pleased with how it went and I’m confident my councillors (and I) will be a lot more focused and structured with planning comments now.

Excellent: Informative, objective and delivered by knowledgeable presenters.

A brilliant and very useful course, will definitely be using some of the information given to help advise the Cllrs on how to comment on planning applications. I really appreciated how it was balanced for Clerks and Councillors.


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