A Beginner's Guide to Processing Planning Applications - places available

For many newcomers the processing of applications can be a daunting proposition. Uncertainty about what they should and should not consider, what weight to give to policy and other material considerations, and how the law fits in can lead to a lack of confidence and/or mistakes. For those who find themselves in this position, TRA's training workshop 'A Beginner's Guide to Processing Planning Applications' could be just the answer.

The workshop will take place on 6 November 2018 in Manchester and will set out to de-mystify the process and give staff who are just beginning to deal with planning applications, or are relatively new to the role, the opportunity to focus on key concepts and approaches. 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, including establishing whether there is actual "development", key legal concepts and case law relating to material changes of use and the importance of identifying the planning unit
  • the role of policy - national policy through the NPPF, local plan policy and the role of neighbourhood plans will be considered with emphasis being given to the relationship between policy and decision making and in particular the importance of paragraph 14 of the NPPF. 
  • planning judgement and the weight to be given to material considerations
  • the use of conditions - participants will be guided through the tests using case studies that allow discussion and analysis of good and bad practice and identify the pitfalls to avoid
  • the appeals system and role of the courts will complete the round-up of essential elements that new practitioners need to be familiar with.

Providing practical guidance and useful tips, the workshop's aim is to increase participants’ confidence in their new role and provide important pointers for further learning and development.

The worshop has received positive feedback from previous participants and some of their comments include:

  • "Excellent day’s course. Has given me a far greater knowledge of planning. The knowledge shown by Chris throughout the training course was excellent." Dale Radford, Blaby District Council
  • "Beforehand I wasn’t sure what ‘level’ the discussions would take but it was very appropriate.  A good range of materials and good discussions. Presenter was willing to answer our queries/’real life’ questions and was very helpful and knowledgeable."  Karen Thompson, Eden District Council

  • "Covered a broad range of areas. Plenty of opportunity to ask questions." Ellen Carr, Huntingdonshire District Council

  • "Content was informative and relevant." Jenny Blower, Adur & Worthing Councils

Bookings can be made using the online booking system available on the TRA website. If you are unable to make a firm booking straight away, provisional bookings are recommended and can be made by telephone on 01204 385678 or via the online booking system. Discounts of between 10 and 15% are available via our popular Discounted Block Booking Scheme.