Design and Planning for Development


This course follows on from Understanding the Development Process, and looks in more detail at how to appoint & manage the design team and the design process, identifying typical design issues and the importance of effective design review. The course then moves on to the planning system, forward planning and development control, planning polices, the process, conditions and obligations.

Suitable for Development and Regeneration staff who are reasonably new to the discipline, and staff from other teams within Registered Providers who are drafted into Development project teams.

Course Plan

Covering the following areas:

  1. The project team – who they are and what they do
  2. Commissioning – selecting, briefing and appointing the designers
  3. Design management
    • ‘Good’ and ‘bad’ design
    • Getting what we want/need
    • Avoiding common pitfalls
    • Problem areas
  4. Planning terminology
  5. Forward planning
    • National planning policy
    • Local policy
    • Neighbourhood policy
  6. Development Control
    • Planning permission
    • Permitted development
    • Use Class
    • The planning process
    • Changing a planning permission
    • Planning conditions
    • CIL/s106
    • Appeal/Judicial Review


Duration: 2 days

Intensive interactive learning with exercises.

Suggested preparation

No pre-course reading is necessary. Some of the documents we will discuss are listed below. it is helpful if you are familiar with these. Please also bring along any examples you would like to discuss (it won’t be worth lugging your organisations ERs with you though!) .

  1. Architect quotation and appointment letter
  2. Your organisation’s Design Brief
  3. Your organisation’s Employer’s Requirements
  4. A Decision Notice granting planning permission on a scheme,
  5. A section 106 agreement and CIL notification

You will find it helpful to look over the relevant Topics in Developing Affordable Housing, published by the National Housing Federation. It is available here.

Entry Requirements

This course is designed to follow on from Understanding the Development Process. It is preferable, although not essential, that delegates should either have attended that course or have an equivalent level of knowledge.


On completion of this course you will be provided with an HATC certificate.



5 – 6 November 2024


NCVO | Kings Cross | London

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£900 +VAT (per delegate)
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