Final two workshops in Training Programme for Scotland 2018-19

The two remaining events in our 2018-19 Workshop Programme for Scotland are due to take place in Edinburgh on 5 February 2019. If you or your staff/colleagues would like to attend one of these events, we recommend you get in touch with us as soon as possible to reserve your place(s):

The Use and Abuse of Planning Conditions and Section 75 Obligations
Planning conditions or Section 75 Obligations can make the difference between the approval or the refusal of planning permission; they should therefore be necessary and reasonable.  They must be monitored to ensure compliance with their requirements, so should therefore also be precise and enforceable.  This workshop will examine the use of conditions and Planning Obligations with reference to Circulars 4/1998 and 3/2012, using genuine examples of both good and bad practice!  The procedures relating to the submission of applications to vary/discharge conditions and obligations will also be looked at in detail.

The workshop has proved very popular in the past and some of the comments from previous participants include:

  • "Very informative/useful training day, very well structured presentation and well presented." Ross Lee, East Ayrshire Council
  • "Content very helpful and presenter was very knowledgeable and experienced in development management both as an officer and consultant, which allows in-depth understanding. Delivery was concise, but engaging; good examples used." Alexandra Motoi, Angus Council
  • "As always, a well thought out and inclusive assessment of the topics." John MacIver, City of Edinburgh Council

Permitted Development and dealing with Prior Approval Notifications
This workshop is suitable for anyone who has to deal with enquiries about Permitted Development or who needs to understand PD in order to deal with alleged unauthorised development. The workshop will look at how PD works and provide some crucial definitions and help in interpreting and applying the most frequently used classes of permitted development, many of which now include the prior approval notification procedure . The aim of this workshop is therefore to help participants develop the knowledge and confidence essential in dealing with these complex aspects of Development Management. The workshop will provide a useful opportunity to look at Householder PD and Minor Permitted Development using case studies and participants' own concerns about these and other classes. How the Prior Notification procedure works, how the application should be processed, what “impacts” can be taken into account, and how appeals and breaches are handled will also be considered. Crucially, it will provide an opportunity for delegates to ask any questions about PD in order to develop their knowledge and confidence and to be aware of any further changes the Government are proposing to the regime.

This workshop has also received positive feedback from previous participants in both Scotland and England with comments including:

  • "The workshop more than met my expectations and was incredibly informative and helpful." Pauline Chambers, Angus Council
  • "Excellent balance of content to cover all attendees. Great balance of delivery method including small group discussions and interaction with presenter." Lorna Elstob, Mendip District Council
  • "Very extensive and intensive. Particularly relevant to officers responding to PD enquiries but good background knowledge for all officers working in the planning office and staff in the front line." Jacky Clark, Havant Borough Council

Further details for both these workshops can be found on the TRA website via the above links. Bookings can be made online via the website. If you are unable to make a firm booking straight away, we strongly recommend making a provisional booking as soon as possible if you are interested in attending one of these workshops.

Don't forget - booking 2 or more places at the same time will earn you a discount of between 10 and 15% depending on the total number of places booked.