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Talks and lectures

Building Regulations and Planning Day: London, May 2020

This one day course will provide you with a general overview of both Building Regulations and Planning. The morning session will provide more in-depth detail, and the afternoon session will provide more advanced information. You have the option to attend the full day or either the morning or afternoon session.

The course is divided into two halves. The morning sessions provide a general overview which would be suitable for those who would like a recap after a career break, EU architects new to practicing in the UK, and newly qualified architects in need of further clarification on these topics.

The afternoon sessions will provide more in depth and advanced information for those wishing to increase their knowledge on Building Regs and Planning issues.

Morning sessions

Morning Session 1: General Overview: Building Regulations (9:45am to 11:15am)

The structure of Building Regulations will be explained, including the links to planning and British Standards and the process of how requirements link together. The session will explain the principles applicable to different types of building projects and set out differences between new build developments and works to existing buildings.

Morning Session 2: General Overview: Planning Processes (11:30am to 13:00pm)

This session will provide an introduction to the UK Planning system, detailing legal framework, the role of local authorities and planning procedures. The seminar will also cover the processes for making a planning application

Afternoon sessions

Afternoon Session 1: Advanced Building Regulations (13:45pm to 15:15pm)

There are a number of more complex Building Regulations requirements and this session will focus on these, which include key principles of fire safety, access, and thermal insulation provision. Session focusses on issues every architect should be aware of and need specialist involvement early on when feasibility designs are being considered.

Afternoon Session 2: Advanced Planning (15.30pm to 17.00pm)

The types of planning appeal, appeal procedure and timelines will be explained, along with information on appeal decisions and inquiries. This seminar will also discuss planning issues in London specifically, ranging from the current London plan and supplementary planning guidance.


Neil Osborn, DLP Planning Ltd

Neil is a senior director at DLP Planning Ltd. Following a period in local government and a partnership in a national planning consultancy he co-founded Development Land and Planning Consultants, based in Bedford, in 1992. The practice was subsequently renamed DLP Planning Ltd. and is a part of the DLP Consulting Group a multi-disciplinary consultancy with offices serving all parts of England and Wales. His clients are wide ranging and diverse, including national and regional house builders, commercial, retail and leisure developers, renewable and low carbon energy promotors and a variety of other development interests, landowners and investors ranging from publicly quoted businesses to private investors.

Stephen Barnshaw, Head of Technical Services: Jhai

Stephen is a chartered surveyor, with over 30 years' experience in building control and building regulation consultancy. Stephen started his building control career in local authorities, and in 2005 moved into the private sector - first as a regional manager with Butler & Young, and then to Jhai. Stephen has been involved in several very high-profile London schemes, including Renzo Piano’s Central St Giles; Arup Associates' Sky Studios for BskyB, and more recently Clivedale’s Mayfair Park Residences. As associate director at Jhai, Stephen is responsible for developing education and training strategies within the company; ensuring excellent service is delivered to clients, and helping clients understand and keep updated with the requirements of the legislation.

Core Curriculum topics

1. Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance

2. Places, planning and communities

Course fees

  • Half day: £62 + VAT for RIBA/CIAT Members
  • Full day: £108 + VAT for RIBA/CIAT Members
  • Full day: £216 + VAT for non-members
  • Half day: £124 + VAT for non-members

Core Curriculum

  1. Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance
  2. Places, planning and communities

Morning and afternoon sessions count for two 1.5-hour CPD sessions on both topics. The full day counts for four 1.5-hour CPD sessions on both topics.

How to book

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