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Meeting of the Executive held on 04/07/2001
TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING SUMMER SCHOOL 2001



The purpose of this report is to outline the programme for the Town and Country Planning Summer School 2001 and ascertain whether the Committee wishes to send a representative or representatives to the School.

The proposal has a resource implication and the 2001/2002 revenue estimates contain a provision to meet the cost.
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APPENDIX G

WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – 4TH JULY 2001



Title:
TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING SUMMER SCHOOL 2001
[Wards Affected: N/A]


Summary and Purpose

The purpose of this report is to outline the programme for the Town and Country Planning Summer School 2001 and ascertain whether the Committee wishes to send a representative or representatives to the School.

The proposal has a resource implication and the 2001/2002 revenue estimates contain a provision to meet the cost.



Introduction

1. It was the practice of the former Environment and Planning Committee to send a representative, or representatives, to the Town and Country Planning Summer School held at a British university in August/September each year. Details of the 2001 School, which is to be held at the University of Exeter have now been received.

2. The Councillors’ School is to take place from the afternoon of Friday, 31st August and closes after breakfast on Tuesday, 4th September.

Background

3. The Councillors’ School was established in 1974 and its aim then was to provide an introduction to town and country planning for elected members, many of whom were coming to the subject for the first time as a consequence of Local Government re-organisation. Now the School aims more to provide educational opportunities for councillors engaged in planning matters and to enable them to hear about, and discuss, the problems and achievements of their colleagues elsewhere. Waverley has supported the School since its inception.

Programme

4. As in previous years, the programme for the Councillors’ School at the University of Exeter contains much which is of relevance and interest to issues within Waverley. Following an opening address and wine reception on the Friday evening, the School continues over the next three days with main papers covering, among others, the following subject matters:-

The Built Environment
Modernising Local Government
e-planning
Community Planning/empowerment
Rural Diversification
Urban Renaissance

5. There are evening papers on topics such as “The role of public art” and “Urban extensions”. Workshops will look at Conservation, Planning and Transport. There are several Study Tours on offer, all of which last half a day and for which places are limited. The five tours available centre on sites of interest in the locality (Rural and Urban).

Resource/Environmental Implications

6. The fee for the Summer School is 575 plus VAT per person. Attendance by not more than two members at the Summer School is an approved duty for the purposes of payment of Members’ Allowances and the 2001/2002 revenue estimates contain a provision to meet the cost of two members attending the Summer School.

7. There are no direct environmental or ecological implications relating to this report.

"Opportunities for All" Implications

8. There are no “Opportunities for All” implications relating to this report.

Conclusions

9. In previous years, the Council has normally sent two Members to the School and the general reaction has been positive.

Recommendation

It is recommended that:-

1. up to two Members be authorised to attend the Councillors’ Summer School at the University of Exeter; and

2. the portfolio holder for Planning and Major Developments be requested to consult Members to ascertain who would be interested in attending.



Background Papers (DoP&D)

Notice of Programme for the Town and Country Planning Summer School 2001



CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Ms Emily Kean Telephone: 01483 869463

comms/executive/2001-02/011 18682