Building for Life Assessor Training Day

July 14th, 9.45am - 4.30pm,
The Guildhall, Cambridge

Cambridge’s central Guildhall provided a great setting for the eastern region Building for Life assessor seminar. The event brought together planning officers from over 20 local authorities in the East of England to be trained in using Building for Life as an assessment tool.

The day opened with a number of introductory presentations focused on the Building for Life criteria, specifically questioning why we need Building for Life, how it is used and what the planning officer’s role is in its delivery.

A Building for Life case study then provided two photographic site visit presentations to explain the prrecent eventsactical steps in using the Building for Life criteria, with a following group discussion and workshop allowing for further discussion and consideration of these criteria.

A networking lunch with informal discussions then preceded an afternoon session of further group workshops and training, focusing officers on the practical task of using and trialing the assessment criteria on a real planning application. A feedback period then allowed for collaborative discussion between groups, focused on variations in findings and assessment and the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed scheme.

The day was closed with a well-utilised question and answer session relating to the completion and evidencing of the Building for Life assessment, in addition to any common issues, which arise regarding this criteria.