CPD – Reform of Local Government – 15.30 – 18.00

The local government sector is facing its greatest shake-up in decades, with the sector getting prepared to take responsibility for a much wider range of powers.  The reform of local government will see the reduction of 26 councils to 11.  Elections to the new 11 councils took place on 22 May and are now operating in shadow form.  During this period they will approve business and financial plans, set rates for 2015/16, appoint senior staff and lead cooperation between merging councils in preparation for taking on full powers and responsibilities in April 2015.  In addition to a major role in planning, councils will now have powers in the areas of Planning; development plan functions, development control and enforcement, Urban Regeneration and Community Development; Housing; Local Economic Development; Tourism; Rural Development and Parking.

This RSUA event will examine the key issues around the transfer of a range of powers to local government and in particular those concerning the Planning System, and the associated challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

3.30 – Coffee and Registration
4.00 – Introduction
4.05 – New Local Government by Carol Ramsey
4.30 – New Planning System by Mary McIntyre
5.00 – New opportunities by Mary McIntyre
5.30 – Q & A / Panel

Mary McIntyre OBE is a Chartered Town Planner and a member of the Senior Management Team of DoE Planning since September 2011 having held the posts of Director of Strategic Planning, Chief Planner and currently Director of Local Planning Division.

Carol Ramsey MRTPI is a Chartered Town Planner with over 30 years experience working in both the private and public sector.  With her early career being spent in the housing sector working in NIHE and as Director of Development with a leading Housing Association.

£24 per person (including VAT)
PSS Members £20 per person (including VAT)

To book your place please contact Julia or Jeanette on 028 90323760