Planning for Housing and Green Spaces: An Introduction

Ref: C2341015

Bettina Lange has over 15 years experience with the English planning system. She has worked for the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) since 2000, has written numerous submissions to planning policy proposals and represented CPRE and local communities at many planning hearings. She has a collection of RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute) planning training certificates and has contributed as an invited speaker to many of these events. The course will cover 1. an introduction to the principles of the English planning system : preventing sprawl; protecting the Green Belt; and creating attractive places for people to live in; 2. the meanings of housing 'need' and 'demand'; 3. different views on the advantages and disadvantages of the 'presumption in favour of sustainable development' in the current planning regime 4. changes in the new (July 2018) National Planning Policy Framework

Course aim

This course introduces students to the English planning system and investigates the relationship between providing the houses people need and the green spaces they value.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • summarize the aims of the English planning system
  • explain different meanings of housing 'need' and 'demand'
  • summarize the different views on the advantages and disadvantages of the 'presumption in favour of sustainable development' in the current planning regime
  • name two changes in the July 2018 National Planning Policy Framework
  • state your own conclusions about the relationship between housing and green spaces giving reasons based on the course content

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • You may want to have a look at the Plain English Guide to the Planning System : https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachmentdata/file/391694/Plain_English_guide_to_the_planning_system.pdf

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Planning for Housing and Green Spaces: An Introduction

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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