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Digital Planning

Are you a public sector planner? Do you want to get on top of the digital planning agenda and how it will apply to you?

This intensive Digital Planning training will give you a grounding in the latest thinking and practice on digital planning. It will cover open data, digital twins, 3-D modelling, participatory planning, digital plan-making, Artificial Intelligence, and how to overcome the barriers to adoption.

You will learn with and from a select cohort of planners and hear from leading practitioners and planning academics from Cardiff University.

The course has been developed by Professor Peter Madden OBE, and Dr Ruth Potts in Cardiff University’s School of Geography and Planning, and is supported by RTPI Cymru.

This course will be recognised as core national CPD by RTPI.

Enrol on this course

Start date Days and times
3 July 2024 10:00 - 17:00
£295 (Lunch and refreshments included)

Who it’s for

Town Planners working for town and regional planning organisations, including:

  • local and regional planning authorities
  • national government departments
  • government agencies
  • experts working with the public sector

What you’ll learn

On completion of the course, you will:

  • have a broad understanding of the technologies that can be used to improve the planning system;
  • have a grounding in the practical and ethical issues around implementing these new approaches
  • understand the barriers to implementation and how they have been overcome in other organisation
  • be able to frame your, and your organisation’s, capacity needs in this area
  • be part of an emerging network of practitioners that you can draw on in future

Topics covered

  • Open data
  • Digital twins
  • 3-D modelling
  • Participatory planning
  • Digital plan-making
  • Artificial Intelligence,
  • How to overcome the barriers to adoption


This course will be delivered face to face at Cardiff University’s Centre for Student Life. You will be given some pre-reading, and after the course we will ask you to complete a short post-training exercise to support your learning.


This is an opportunity to learn from leading digital planning practitioners and planning academics from Cardiff University. Hear their opinions on the latest updates and developments in the industry.

This is also a chance to network with other professionals.

This training will be recognised as core national CPD by RTPI.

This course has been developed by Professor Peter Madden OBE, Professor of Practice in Future Cities and Dr Ruth Potts, Lecturer in Spatial Planning, who are doing cutting-edge teaching, research, and engagement work on digital planning.


Centre for Student Life
Park Place
CF10 3BB

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