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Brand new course for 2024! The NSBRC Guide to Planning Permission

If you want to learn how to successfully obtain planning permission for your self build project, our new Planning Permission course is here to help.

An important (and often stressful) part of any self build project is gaining planning permission. Without a formal consent, your project will be something of a non-starter. In our brand-new course, we take a deep-dive into the planning system, explain how you can best prepare a successful application, be aware of common mistakes and avoid costly pit-falls. The session will be full of real-life studies and examples curated over many years in Practice.

The planning course has been designed specifically for self builders at the early stages and is produced and delivered by independent planning expert Mark Doodes MRTPI. The course covers the key topics and features a Q&A session – so you can get your specific planning queries answered!

Our expert presenter is Mark a qualified, chartered and insured Town Planner with 22+ years’ experience in preparing and assessing planning applications including a decade as a planning officer. His practice is part of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) consultants register and their role is to give you impartial advice throughout the process. You can use this course to get expert advice upfront with our great value half-day course. Here are the key areas Mark will be discussing...

Topics covered:

  • Types of planning permission
  • Creating a successful application
  • Research
  • Design & Drawings
  • Reports
  • Forming your team of expert advisors
  • Legislation and Regulation
  • Conservation Areas & geographic variations


Upcoming Dates:

Saturday 29th June (9:00 – 13:00)

Saturday 14th September (9:00 – 13:00)

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We’ll be hosting both events as half-day sessions at the NSBRC in Swindon, with places limited to just 30 delegates each course. Only £95 Per Person (Inc. VAT)

You’ll also benefit from access to exclusive course materials on a USB to view at your convenience – plus the opportunity to arrange a follow-up session with MDP at discounted rate*

*MDP are Chartered by the Royal Town Planning Institute and are on the National Planning Consultants Directory and on the Planning Portal. MDP take on projects all over England and are Insured up-to £1M in Professional Indemnity and Public Liability for site visits and meetings.


Why not check out our other courses too?

If you already have planning permission covered, we have developed a suite of Training Courses for a wide range of projects; whether you are planning a fully-fledged self build, or perhaps a small-scale extension, we have a course that can help you.

Our courses are aimed at those who are new to the world of self-build, with relatively little knowledge or experience of the build process. Led by industry experts with years of experience, our presenters are happy to help answers your technical queries. Even if you don’t have a project on the go, our courses are great for broadening your understanding of the latest technology and options available to you.


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