The NPPF Decoded: Plan Making

Join this course led by sector experts to learn how to include heritage in Local Plans.


Who should attend?

Anyone engaged in writing or reviewing a Local Plan - especially Local Authority and Policy Planners.

Why should you join this course?

This course will provide an opportunity to hear from sector experts from the Planning Inspectorate and Historic England on good practice in drafting heritage policies and site allocations in Local Plans, and how to address common problems. It will give delegates the chance to receive advice on specific queries, along with putting the expert advice in to practice through worked case study examples.


At the end of this course delegates should:

  • Understand where common problems occur in heritage specific policies
  • Learn what evidence is needed to draft sound policies
  • Appreciate how such evidence is best linked to policy
  • Take the opportunity to bring technical queries to Historic England and sector experts
  • Practice writing a site specific policy for an allocation affecting an heritage asset/s

Course outline


Face-to-face Course

Timing Activity
09:30 Registration 
10:00 Welcome 
10:15 Heritage Policy in Local Plans - A view from the Planning Inspector 
11:00 Historic England overview and NPPF requirements 
11:45 Gathering and applying evidence 
12:15 Developing a positive strategy for conservation and enjoyment of the historic environment 
12:45 Lunch 
13:30 Technical queries - open discussion 
14:00 Policy Detail - including Development Management policies 
14:45 Case Study exercise 
15:45 Wrap-up and final Question and Answer

Meet the course tutors

Course lead Victoria Thomson has over twenty years’ experience in planning policy and conservation work, primarily in local government, but including stints in central government and academia. She is currently the Head of Planning Advice and Reform at Historic England. She is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and of the Institute for Historic Building Conservation.

Victoria will be joined by specialist speakers from Historic England Legal, Government Advice and Regional Planning Advisers and the Planning Inspectorate (to be confirmed).

An aerial view of Penzance.
An aerial view of Penzance, West Cornwall © Historic England

Course venues and booking

01/11/2018 National Justice Museum, Nottingham

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08/11/2018 Central London, venue tbc

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06/12/2018 The Storey, Lancaster

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17/01/2019 Armada House, Bristol

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07/02/2019 The Maltings, Ely

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28/03/2019 Leeds

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