Two workshops coming up in Edinburgh in September

The 2018-19 Workshop Programme for Scotland gets under way again after the summer break with two workshops taking place at The Edinburgh Training and Conference Centre on 20 September 2018.

Current Issues in Planning Enforcement: essential CPD update
Each year, this unique and practical workshop aims to provide essential CPD primarily for planning enforcement officers. However, it is also useful for any staff working in development management who get involved in enforcement and want to maintain their effectiveness in this area. The workshop focuses on recent case law and key updates, and each year takes a new look at some aspects of the legislative framework underpinning planning enforcement, as well as examining day-to-day practices and issues.  The focus of this year's workshop will be on a variety of subjects including: abandonment; drafting and defending Enforcement Notices (i.e. the Miller Mead test); and a look at holiday letting/AirBnB. Whether you are relatively new to planning enforcement or are more experienced, the examination of issues with reference to real life case studies and the opportunity for group work and discussion will be of real benefit when back at the 'coal face'.

This workshop has been running for a number of years and has proved to be extremely popular often running at or near full capacity. Comments from previous participants have been very positive and include:

  • "Covered a range of topics relevant to current issues. Well presented and good interaction between presenter and delegates." Robert Parry, Angus Council
  • "Great opportunity to share and discuss current issues in enforcement with others from different areas and experiences. Managed well by the presenter." Erika Pryde, Midlothian Council
  • "Chance to discuss related and not so related topics to those on agenda, without compromise to advertised topics." Leigh Menzies, North Lanarkshire Council
  • "Informative and well covered topics." Mohammad Hussain, South Lanarkshire Council.

Design in Planning Applications: how to add value (NEW)
This workshop has been developed specifically for town planners involved in development management. It focuses on the role of design in the development management process and is uniquely related to design issues at the scale of everyday application work.  Its aim is to help planners to consider matters of design; to develop their knowledge and confidence; and to assist them when advising on, and intervening in, the design process. The overarching purpose of the workshop is to assist practitioners recognise, define and encourage good design in development. It should also improve their ability and understanding in negotiations with applicants both pre and post application. Specific aspects covered include: the basic elements of “good” urban design; using design language to secure better planning outcomes; “sense of place” and how this can be translated into contemporary design; local character and distinctiveness; and techniques for assessing the design merits of a proposal. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their experiences and exchange ideas on how planners can work positively with designers towards an improved end product.

This new addition to the programme in Scotland has previously run a number of times on an in-house basis for authorities in England and has also received positive responses including:

  • "Gave an excellent overview of design principles and what makes good and bad design and what constitutes place. A good variety of work (slideshow, group work, discussion and site visits)." Adam Jackson, Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
  • "Good background of design and the key considerations when identifying characteristics and place. Very engaging and good opportunities to participate."  Alys Hughes, Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
  • "Good mix of informative lectures and some group work to engage what we had learned in real life examples."  Mat Wilson, North East Derbyshire District Council
  • "A very helpful refresher. Put urban design in a useable format to apply on a day to day basis. Great presenter, held my interest. Valuable course with very useful content." Helen Fulston, Guildford Borough Council

Further details for both these workshops are available on the TRA website. Bookings can be made via the online booking system. If you are unable to make a firm booking straight away for any workshop you are interested in, provisional bookings are strongly recommended and can also be made via the online booking system.

This is a good opportunity to take advantage of our Discounted Block Booking Scheme which offers discounts of between 10 and 15% when booking 2 or more places at the same time (over any number of events in the 2018-19 programme).