Following the Summer break the 2019-20 Workshop Programme in Scotland will continue with two workshops taking place in Glasgow on 19 September . As there's no time like the present, why not make sure you book your place now before heading off on your Summer holidays! The workshops are:
Viability: what planners need to know
Assuming no prior knowledge of the subject this newly developed workshop will cover everything from national advice and guidance to applying viability in practice. It considers viability for LDP 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 is relatively new to the programme in Scotland, but has run several times in England with some very positive feedback including these comments from attendees:
"A comprehensive overview of changing viability position. Good balance in what could be a very technical subject matter." David Eaves, Havant Borough Council
"Excellent content delivered in a clear and concise way with plenty of time for ongoing questions and discussion." Rory Hague, Rotherham MBC
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. 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 now and consistently receives excellent feedback including these comments from delegates on last year's workshop:
"As always, an invaluable learning experience, with a range of interesting legal concepts. Relevant to planning enforcement practitioners and local government solicitors who deal with planning enforcement / planning matters." Bruce Macleod, Midlothian Council
"Very informative, very well presented. I’ve just started in the role and Mike’s easy style has assisted me as I learn the legislation." Charlie Colvin, Angus Council
Further details for both workshops can be found on the TRA website where you can view/download a leaflet for each one in pdf format. Bookings can be made online via the website. If you are unable to make a firm booking straight away, provisional bookings are recommended and can be made by telephone on 01204 385678 or online.
If your authority is looking to book two or more places/events (from the whole programme) why not take advantage of our discounted block booking scheme to earn a discount of up to 15%. More details on this scheme are also on the website.