Gaining the skills and confidence to write a planning application comment letter

 27th June 2019, 10.30am-4.00pm

An Historic Landscape Project Training Day, with Yorkshire Gardens Trust

 The Workhouse Museum, Ripon, Yorkshire


Background: Despite their popularity, the historic parks and gardens that we love are easily lost, as they are vulnerable to decay, development, and a lack of understanding. The Gardens Trust is a statutory consultee in the planning system and every year receives some 1500 planning applications that may affect historic parks and gardens, and this figure is expected to rise. To fulfil this demanding role, the GT relies on the volunteer manpower and localised knowledge of the County Gardens Trusts to make comments on the planning applications in their areas.

Aim: This day will give you the skills needed to assess the impact of a proposed development or change on a historic park or garden, to develop a recommendation to the local planning authority, and to frame this in an authoritative and persuasive planning comment letter.


10.30am  Arrival at the Workhouse Museum with tea, coffee and biscuits

10.45am  Welcome (Tamsin McMillan, the Gardens Trust, Historic Landscape Project)

10.55am  Introduction (Margie Hoffnung, the Gardens Trust Conservation Officer)

11.10pm   Significance and Planning Applications (Tamsin McMillan)

11.40pm  Assessing the planning application (group exercise led by Margie Hoffnung)

12.40pm Lunch (included), and self-guided tour of the Workhouse and gardens

2.00pm     The ingredients of a planning comment letter (Tamsin McMillan)

2.20pm     The method of drafting a planning comment letter (group exercise led by Tamsin McMillan and Margie Hoffnung)

3.20pm     Next steps (Tamsin McMillan)

3.30pm     Final discussion

4.00pm     Tea and close

This training day is free of charge, including lunch and a site visit.

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Image reproduced by kind permission of the Dene Valley Regeneration Project