2019-20 Training Workshop Programmes about to get underway

As mentioned in previous issues of Enews, the new Training Workshop Programmes for 2019-20 begin in June with two workshops taking place in Edinburgh and two in London. One of the workshops in London - the brand new How Planning Enforcement Works is already provisionally fully booked but places still remain on the other three. Check out our website for more details.

Looking ahead, we have three more workshops taking place in London, on 26 September 2019. Places are also being snapped up on these so make sure you reserve yours in plenty of time if you would like to attend:

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Processing Planning Applications
    This workshop is aimed at all those who are new (or relatively new) to processing planning applications.  It provides a comprehensive introduction for newly qualified planning officers with little hands-on experience, support staff who are now taking on responsibility for handling applications, and enforcement staff who deal with retrospective applications. The workshop will take participants through the fundamentals of development management: the decision making process, the role of planning policy, material considerations, the use of conditions and the appeals system. Providing practical guidance and useful tips, its aim is to increase participants’ confidence in their new role and provide important pointers for further learning and development.
  • Use of Conditions: necessary, precise and enforceable?
    This popular workshop is suitable for anyone involved in drafting conditions or who has to monitor and enforce them. Front-loading the application process through pre-app discussions and use of local validation lists is intended to reduce the need for back-loading permissions with conditions. But does this happen? Are alternatives to pre-commencement conditions working? Are your “model” conditions effective and up to date? The workshop will consider these questions and also go “back to basics’ in respect of case law and the legal powers to impose conditions. Topics will include: meeting the legal tests; the importance of giving sound and convincing reasons; the conditions suggested by consultees; control by s106 or condition; and handling applications to vary/remove conditions. The NPPF requires authorities to consider producing Local Enforcement Plans which should include “how they will monitor the implementation of planning permissions”. So this workshop will also look at the problems involved in monitoring and securing compliance with conditions. It will conclude by pulling together some of the ways in which all those involved can work together to improve effectiveness.
  • Supporting Health and Wellbeing through Planning (NEW)
    The links between good planning, design and placemaking and improved health and wellbeing outcomes for citizens is increasingly being recognised. Recent research by Public Health England points to cost effective interventions in the built and natural environment that can be promoted through planning policy and decision making. Alongside this, the current NHS Healthy New Towns Programme is demonstrating the value of good planning, small but effective design interventions, and the value of partnership working. This workshop draws on current and emerging best practice to assist planning professionals both develop effective policy suites and make better decisions that support health and wellbeing. It will also focus on ensuring that healthcare provision is built into new developments and planned for in partnership with CCGs and other service providers.

Further details including downloadable leaflets in a pdf format are available on the TRA website by clicking on the above links. Bookings can be made online via the website. If you are unable to make a firm booking straight away for any workshop you may be interested in, provisional bookings are recommended and can be made by telephone on 01204 385678 or online.

Discounts of up to 15% are available under our Block Booking Scheme when booking 2 or more places at the same time over any number of events in the programme. Further details of the scheme can also be found on our website, and block bookings can be made online.