Course Description 

Drawing on our experience of working with over 50 Neighbourhood Planning groups in Devon we will outline the Neighbourhood Planning process. This course will give you a complete overview, including:

  • Getting started
  • Potential funding sources
  • Source information and data about their community
  • Community consultation and engagement
  • Vision, aims and objectives
  • Drafting policies
  • Formal Consultation
  • Submitting the plan to the Local Authority

Aims and Objectives

By completing this training, participants will:

  • Understand the process, including legal requirements, for creating a Neighbourhood Development Plan.
  • Understand the development themes a Neighbourhood Plan can meaningfully influence
  • Know where to research for supporting evidence to inform the Neighbourhood Development Plan process
  • Learn some creative methods for meaningful and inclusive community engagement

About Your Tutor

Martin Parkes 

Martin has provided support and advice to over 50 communities across Devon creating a Neighbourhood Plan for their local community. From working with small, rural parishes, to larger market towns, Martin has worked with these groups on all aspects of their plans.

Special Requirements

Please let Support Services know if there is anything that would affect your learning and if there is anything we can do to enable you to fully participate in our courses and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Call Support Services on 01392 248919 or email [email protected] 

Cancellation Policy

In the event that this course does not reach the minimum required number to proceed we will contact you and offer a credit against the next available course, the option to book an alternative course or a refund.

By proceeding with this booking you are agreeing to this cancellation policy.

Two Ways To Book


i) Complete the booking form and email it to [email protected] Download your booking form here 

ii) Book and pay for your course by selecting your ticket(s) below and following the online booking process.


i) Complete the booking form and email it to [email protected] Download the booking form here 

ii) Your order will be acknowledged and your place will be confirmed once payment has been received. 

For any enquiries regarding booking and payment please contact our Training Administrator on 01392 248919 

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Ticket Quantity Price

DCT Member

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Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise Sectors (including Local Councils)

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Public/ Private Sector (including principal Local Authorities)/ Commercial

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