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New certificated planning enforcement training course - Ivy Legal
New certificated planning enforcement training course - Ivy Legal
Fri, 1 January 2021 - Sun, 31 December 2023
Distance Learning
Litigation and Enforcement, Planning


Ivy Legal are pleased to announce our new certificated training course in planning enforcement. The course is aimed at both new and more seasoned planning enforcement officers and aims to provide a thorough grounding in the legal and practical aspects of planning enforcement.

The certificate course is divided into 4 Modules that must all be completed, but not necessarily sequentially. Each module will consist of self-study, multiple choice questionnaires, online training days and essay assignments.

Candidates will be expected to produce written assignments based on their learning which will be independently assessed and the course will lead to a course completion certificate.

The course will be led by Izindi Visagie, founder and partner at Ivy Legal and Mike Hyde of MH Planning Associates. Both are experienced practitioners and training presenters, having previously presented a similar course for Trevor Roberts Associates.

Course outline

Modules will cover the following topics:

• Introduction and principles of planning enforcement
• Development, permission, immunity and expediency
• Investigation powers, entry powers, safe working practices, sources of information
• Negotiation and effective enforcement
• Enforcement Notices and Breach of Condition notices – basis for issue, delegated powers, notice requirements, identifying the breach, identifying the steps, service and registration requirements.
• Getting the notice and report right
• Appeals – preparation at notice stage, how to defend the appeal, different processes, roles of planning enforcement officer and/or advocate, evidence rules, practical application of the burden of proof.
• Prosecutions – the offences, rules of evidence, how to write summons and witness statement, how to give evidence
• Court challenges – s288 and 289 reviews and residual judicial review, nullity
• Specialisms - trees, listed buildings and adverts
• Specialist subjects, including gypsy cases, outbuildings, shisha, kiosks

The course will aim to provide officers with a thorough grounding in the principles behind their planning enforcement powers and, through case studies and small group work, examples of the exercise of those powers in practice and the pitfalls and strategies which can be employed. Training will involve a mixture of online taught classes, case studies and small group work and we aim to make the online training days as intensive and immersive as possible.

Our dedicated training website is being prepared which will allow online enrolment, distribution and submission of course materials and assignments, progress monitoring and various chat/forum options for students.

The first two cohorts for Module 1 are starting in January 2021 with the second module set to commence in July 2021. To express an interest, please send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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