Councillor training - not just for those with elections

TRA is the UK’s leading provider of practitioner-presented training for Councillors involved in planning, and has trained thousands of Councillors in over 250 local authorities throughout England, Wales and Scotland.

Wyre Borough Council recently commissioned TRA to deliver a short evening session for their Members, and neighbouring Members, on the Role of Councillors in Planning.  

The session is designed to help Councillors understand and appreciate their role and functions more clearly as a basis for contributing more effectively. In particular it helps Councillors to understand something of the broader framework of planning so that they can:

  • understand more clearly the different roles they play in the planning process
  • take practical steps to deal with conflict between their various roles where appropriate
  • appreciate both the potential and the limitations of their decision making responsibilities within the planning legal framework
  • be aware of good practice and statutory requirements when making decisions in Committee, including how to handle conflicts of interest
  • understand the different roles of Councillors and officers in the planning process, including the specific professional responsibilities of their staff
  • be more confident overall about what they can and cannot do when making planning decisions.

The workshop was delivered by Senior TRA Associate, David Kaiserman and feedback from attendees was encouraging:

  • The Trainer kept me focused and was informative and immensely knowledgeable.  S Pitman, Fylde BC
  • It was better than expected, a very in depth course. T Ingham, Wyre BC
  • I haven’t participated in any planning training before, so this was very helpful/useful. Graeme Neale, Fylde BC
  • Excellent presentation, I enjoyed it! Maxine Chew, Fylde BC

A full list of the training sessions we can run for Councillors can be found on our website. We are also happy to consider designing bespoke sessions, or tailoring an existing programme, to suit individual clients – so please do not hesitate to ask if you have any specific requirements.  

Even if this kind of training has traditionally been delivered by your own officers, it is certainly worth considering an “external” training session provided by TRA. These sessions are delivered by our experienced team of presenters, all of whom are planning practitioners, as opposed to academics.

Due to the up-coming elections in May, dates for in-house training this summer are already starting to get booked up. If your authority has any specific dates in mind for member training please let us know as we are more than happy to pencil dates in the diary until you are able to make a firm commitment.

If you would like to see more information on in-house training for members, including outline programmes, then please do not hesitate to contact Angela Holmes for a no-commitment discussion.