The Autumn section of the 2017-18 Training Workshop Programme is set to continue in London with three workshops taking place on 26 September 2017. One of these will be a new addition to the programme for this year, and the other two are old favourites one of which,The Basics of Planning, is already fully booked. However there are still places available on the other two, but don't leave it too long if you would like to book a place!
Being an Effective Witness at Inquiries
This workshop is aimed at both planning and other technical officers who may be called as an Expert Witness at a Planning Inquiry but have relatively little or no previous experience. It is intended to promote a good understanding of the preparation required; what should be included in a witness statement; and how to give evidence in chief and under cross-examination. The workshop will provide participants with a solid grounding to improve their confidence, and thereby effectiveness, when giving evidence. It will identify the legal and procedural requirements and provide practical advice on the approach to providing both the written and oral evidence needed to support reasons for refusal, conditions to be attached to a permission, or justification for enforcement action.
This workshop will be presented by Jonathan King, who has delivered training on Local Plan Examinations for TRA since 2014 and has recently retired from the Planning Inspectorate after many years dealing with both appeals and development plan Examinations.
Viability: what planners need to know (NEW FOR 2017-18)
Assuming no prior knowledge of the subject this brand new workshop will cover everything from national advice and guidance to applying viability in practice. It considers viability for Local Plan policy development and testing, and in the context of Development Management decision making. Drawing on examples of good practice, appeal decisions and case law it seeks to de-mystify the viability 'black box' enabling participants to understand and evaluate the various components that make up viability, and the different models and ways of assessing it. Through presentations, discussions and a wide variety of practical exercises, the workshop also gives participants the opportunity to begin applying their knowledge in practice by considering viability issues and challenges they are currently facing and ways in which these may be resolved.
This workshop will be presented by Rachel Danemann, who has considerable experience of viability discussions, relating to significant and complex sites, and negotiating and re-negotiating s106 agreements to help ensure a deliverable and viable five year land supply.
Further details can be found on the TRA website via the above links to each of these workshops. Bookings can be made via the online booking system where you can make either a provisional booking to hold a place(s) for a limited period of time, or you can make a firm booking straight away. Don't forget, discounts of between 10 and 15% are available via our Discounted Block Booking Scheme when booking 2 or more places at the same time, over any number of events in the 2017-18 programme.