Intermediate Development 2 – Design & Planning


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 Reading

None, although it is helpful if delegates review their Design Brief, letters of appointment for architects and one or more planning permission Decision Notices recently received.

Related Courses

Understanding the Development Process;

Intermediate Development 1 – Acquisition

Intermediate Development 3 – Building contracts, construction & handover.

Funding Affordable Housing;

Introductory Certificate in Project Management.

 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: 9.30am – 4.00pm


The content of this course is being independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


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