Focused training for Councillors on specific aspects of planning

TRA is the UK’s leading provider of practitioner-presented training for Councillors involved in planning and has trained Councillors in more than 250 local authorities throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
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.
Where Councillors have already undertaken basic training, we are able to conduct more detailed sessions on specific aspects of planning. These are mainly half-day "modules" with a single presenter.  Topics include specialist aspects of planning and updates on policy, procedure and good practice. Some of the topics we currently offer include:

  • how to deliver quality residential schemes (NEW)
  • planning enforcement
  • good practice for DM/planning committees
  • support for Councillors on planning committee chairing skills (NEW)
  • understanding development in the Green Belt (NEW)
  • trees and the planning process
  • green infrastructure (NEW).

This is a small selection of the sessions that we can run exclusively on an in-house basis; a full list can be found on our website.  If required we are also happy to consider designing bespoke sessions, or tailoring an existing programme to suit an individual client’s needs – please do not hesitate to ask if you have any specific requirements.

For more general training on the planning system, we are also still able to offer our most popular one-day workshops: 

If you would like more information on any of our in-house training workshops for Councillors, including an outline programme, then please do not hesitate to contact Angela Holmes for a no-obligation quotation.