Workshops coming up in the 2018-19 Training Programme

Since the recent launch of our new Training Workshop Programme for 2018-19, bookings have been going very well and some of the earlier workshops are now almost fully booked. Looking ahead, we have several workshops coming up later in the year still with availability, including the three mentioned below due to take place in Manchester on 6 November and covering a range of different topics:

A Beginner's Guide to Processing Planning Applications
This workshop is aimed at all those who are new (or relatively new) to processing planning applications.  It provides a comprehensive introduction for newly qualified planning officers with little hands-on experience, support staff who are now taking on responsibility for handling applications, and enforcement staff who deal with retrospective applications. The workshop will take participants through the fundamentals of development management: the decision making process, the role of planning policy, material considerations, the use of conditions and the appeals system. Providing practical guidance and useful tips, its aim is to increase participants’ confidence in their new role and provide important pointers for further learning and development.

Use of Conditions: necessary, precise and enforceable?
This popular workshop is suitable for anyone involved in drafting conditions or monitoring and enforcing them. Efforts to front-load the application process with the introduction of local information lists were intended to reduce the need for back-loading applications with conditions, but there is not much evidence that this has been successful. Developers’ concerns have prompted the Government to introduce more legislative control over the use of conditions including the use of pre-commencement conditions. The workshop will consider these matters and also go “back to basics’ in respect of what the Act says about the ability to impose conditions. Topics will include: meeting the legal tests; using "model" conditions; the importance of giving sound and convincing reasons; how to deal with conditions suggested by consultees; control through s106 or condition; and handling applications to vary/remove conditions. The NPPF requires LPAs to consider producing Local Enforcement Plans, not only to explain how they will deal with breaches of planning control but also “how they will monitor the implementation of planning permissions”. So this workshop will also look at the problems involved in monitoring and securing compliance with conditions. It will conclude by looking at ways in which all those involved can work together to improve effectiveness.

Viability: what planners need to know
Assuming no prior knowledge of the subject this recently developed 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.

Further details for all these workshops are available on the TRA website via the above links. Bookings can be made using the online booking system available on the website. If you are unable to make a firm booking straight away, provisional bookings are recommended to reserve places and can also be made via the online booking system, or by telephone on 01204 385678.

As always discounts of up to 15% are available via our Discounted Block Booking Scheme when booking 2 or more places at the same time. Further details of the scheme can be found on the website.