15. Training

15.1 Officers who are members of professional institutions are required to complete a prescribed amount of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and the Councils Investors in People designation requires all officers to keep up to date with their training.

15.2 The Nolan Committee recommends that "All Members of an authoritys Planning Committee should receive training in the planning system, either before serving on the Committee or as soon as possible after their appointment to the Committee." The Government endorses this recommendation and together with the Local Government Association, the Improvement and Development Agency and the Royal Town Planning Institute has devised a proposed syllabus covering all aspects of planning for Members training. The Councils Planning Committee has indicated its intention to comply with the recommendation and Members should therefore make every effort to attend training events organised on their behalf to meet these recommendations. No Member will be permitted to vote at the Planning Committee before completing at least the necessary induction training, provided by the Head of Planning Services or approved equivalent. Planning Committee has resolved that this qualifying training shall be renewed at least every 3 years (or as otherwise required by changes in legislation or planning practices and procedures).
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