Date: 14/10/2021 - 15/10/2021
Time: All Day

NB – the BOOKING FORM is at the bottom of this webpage
Course costs: £695 +VAT


This course follows on from Understanding the Development Process, and looks in more detail at how to ensure we get the right quality designs and how the planning system works.

Target Audience

This course is suitable for Development and Regeneration staff who are new to the discipline, and staff from other teams within Registered Providers who are drafted into Development project teams.

Entry or Pre-course 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.

Recommended Pre-course Reading

You will find it helpful to look over the relevant Topics in Developing Affordable Housing 2017, available here from the National Housing Federation,

Before coming on the course please review the following documents from one of your schemes currently under development (or very recently completed), and bring a copy with you to the course:

  1. A recent letter of appointment to an architect;
  2. Your organisation’s Design Brief (i.e. the document that sets out your design requirements up to and including getting a detailed planning permission)
  3. Your organisation’s Employer’s Requirements (i.e. the document that sets out your design requirements post-planning, including any areas where you specify materials, systems, components etc);
  4. A Decision Notice granting planning permission on a scheme, that you have received in the last few months.

Related Courses

Understanding the Development Process;

Intermediate Development 1 – Acquisition

Intermediate Development 3 – Building contracts, construction & handover.

Project Fundamentals Qualification


 Course Plan

This course covers the following subject areas which are addressed at an intermediate level:

Day 1:

  • Welcome
  • Appointing & Managing the Consultant Team              ⅓ day
    • Working at risk
    • Clear appointments
    • Keeping control
  • Getting good quality designs                                           ⅔ day
    • Briefing well
    • Design reviews & getting colleagues on board
    • Fixing designs & controlling change
    • Typical design problem areas
    • Developing the technical designs
    • Keeping control when on-site under D&B

Day 2:

  • The Planning System                                                           1 day
    • Planning policies – where they come from
    • When do we need planning (incl Permitted Development)?
    • Developing the local plan – the process
    • Local vs national vs neighbourhood – which counts most?
    • Applying the policies – what is “development control”?
    • The application process
    • Outline vs Detailed (Full)
    • Conditions, Obligations,  Agreements & CIL
    • Affordable Housing polices & how they (are supposed to) work.
    • Finish



Intensive interactive classroom-based learning with exercises


Andrew Drury

Duration & Times

2 days

Day 1: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Day 2: 9.00am – 4.00pm



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

Booking Form

Bookings are closed for this event. However, we will run this course again shortly. Please visit the Open Courses webpage for more details.