Neighbourhood Plans - Getting Started

Course Category: Housing, Neighbourhood Planning



  • £59.22*: Members of Devon Communities Together 
  • £82.68: Charities, Community Groups or Parish and Town Councils that are not members of Devon Community Together

If you are part of a Private Sector organisation and Statutory Local Authority, and wish to attend, please contact us for details regarding prices and how to book. 

*The heavily discounted membership price on many of our training courses is one of a number of benefits provided to members of Devon Communities Together and is available to new and existing members. With annual membership starting from just £24 for individuals and small organisations, up to £50 for larger organisations, taking out a membership can be a great way to save money on your training needs. To find out more and join DCT today, call 01392 248919 or visit our membership page

course description

Are you a council embarking on your neighbourhood planning journey then this is the course for you.

  • Introduction
  • Understanding where your Neighbourhood Plan fits in.
  • First steps; Creating a team, undertaking initial research and consultation.
  • Managing resources
  • Developing a vision and objectives.
  • Getting to know the Basic Conditions and Consultation Statement


aims and objectives

Half a day session providing expert advice and guidance on the creation of a Neighbourhood Development Plan.


about your tutors

Jo Widdecombe

Jo is a chartered town planner with over fifteen years of planning expertise, having been a Senior Development Management Officer at East Devon District Council and most recently supported in excess of nineteen neighbourhoods towards the goal of producing a draft neighbourhood plan (at least three of which, have passed Examination). For the past 5 years has been employed by Planning Aid England, as a Planning Advisor, focused on delivering planning support to community groups; including amongst other things facilitating community workshops and delivering training sessions on the neighbourhood planning process; latterly, as a freelance private consultant providing plan making support including reviewing plans, drafting policies and acting as critical friend.

Debrorah McCann

Deborah is a Chartered Town Planner and Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years experience of the Public, Private and Voluntary sector primarily working in the South West. She is an NPIERS examiner and has carried out over 35  Neighbourhood Plan Examinations and a number of Hearings. She also uses her experience as an examiner to work with communities to develop their Neighbourhood Plans.


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.

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