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Have your say on upcoming training for Community Councils

February 25, 2020

Are you a member of a Community Council in the National Park? We’d love to hear your views on how we can best support you.

Community Councils are one of the key stakeholder groups in the planning process. As such, the team who deal with planning applications at the National Park is looking at how we can better support these groups to engage with planning applications and our work in development management.

Following requests and a review of questions that we are frequently asked, our Development Management team is proposing to run a series of training events for Community Councillors. This training will be just for Community Councils within the National Park boundary and will focus mostly on development management issues, with some background on our Local Development Plan and associated policies. They will be run by staff from the Rural Development and Planning teams at the National Park and will provide an opportunity for community councils to get to know us better and to ask any questions about planning.

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Items that the training could cover include:

  • How can Community Councils find out about planning applications in their area?
  • How can Community Councils ensure their comments are inclusive, valid and representative of the views of their community?
  • What changes will the new Planning Act bring?
  • How are Local Development Plan (LDP) policies used in making planning decisions?

To help us to shape these community council training opportunities to make them of more value to you, please complete our survey to indicate your interest in attending the sessions and what specific issues you would like to hear more about.

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