Freedom of information response

Planning and Licensing Training

Publication date: 
Thursday 12 January 2023

1. Who are the contacts for planning and licensing training for councillors within the council?

2. What method of training do the council use (e.g. classroom, on demand or blended)?

3. Who do the council use to deliver the planning and licensing training for councillors?

4. How much have you spent on planning and licensing training per annum over the last 5 years?


1. The contact for the planning training is the Strategic Lead of Development Services who organises the training. The contact for the licensing training is the Licensing Manager.

2. The planning team previously used face to face training but during Covid moved to remote training. In the future it will be likely to be a mix of methods. The licensing team have annual training delivered either virtually or face to face.

3. Planning training has been delivered by a variety of trainers in the past including Planning Officers in the team, representatives from legal services or external planning professionals namely Planning Officers Society. The licensing team use Cornerstone Chambers.

4. The information about the amount spent can be found online, we publish our payments to suppliers – please use the link provided - Payments to suppliers | What we spend | Thurrock Council

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