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12 June 2019 - Do your Councillors need training 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. Following the recent elections, we have so far delivered basic training for hundreds of Councillors at 27 different authorities. But we can also provide more detailed sessions on specific aspects of planning, most of which are half-day courses.


10 June 2019 - Upskilling on viability for Wigan planners

TRA was recently commissioned to deliver an in-house training workshop for Wigan Council on Viability: what planners need to know.  The workshop was aimed at those working in both policy and development management who wanted to understand the basics of development viability.


06 June 2019 - Another worthwhile Conference for Planning Support Staff

Our 2019 Conference for Planning Support Staff was held on 23 May in London, with just short of 70 delegates from LPAs across the country in attendance. All presentations were well received and feedback from delegates was positive.


14 May 2019 - Enforcement Forum 2019 - advance details available

Hot off the press - advance details of the programme for this year's Forum on Enforcement are now available. We are currently finalising the detailed leaflet for the event and this will be available in due course, but in the meantime - as we know many delegates like to book early for this annual event - here are the basics.


13 May 2019 - Is there room for improvement in your planning reports to Committee?

TRA was recently asked to deliver a one-day workshop at Snowdonia NPA on report writing for planners. Writing Effective Reports: making the best use of your case and your time offers clear guidance on how reports can be improved and provides an opportunity for debate about good practice, drawing on the presenter's long experience of both local government planning and the work of the Planning Inspectorate.


13 May 2019 - Post-election Councillor training begins in earnest

Following the local elections on May 2nd, the next few weeks are set to be a very busy time for TRA as our presenters deliver training on planning matters for newly elected members and help to refresh the knowledge of more experienced Councillors.  Don’t leave it until the last minute, contact us today to secure your training date!


12 May 2019 - 2019-20 Training Workshop Programmes about to get underway

Our new Workshop Programmes for 2019-20 begin in June with two workshops in Edinburgh and two in London, one of which is already provisionally fully booked but places still remain on the other three. Looking ahead, we have three workshops in London on 26 September 2019: A Beginner's Guide to Processing Planning Applications, Use of Conditions: necessary, precise and enforceable? and the brand new Supporting Health and Wellbeing through Planning. Places are being snapped up for these so make sure you reserve yours in plenty of time.


10 May 2019 - Neighbourhood Plan exams - latest news

TRA's Neighbourhood Plan examination work continues with March and April seeing the completion of two examinations (Sutton and Broadwindsor) and the submission of two more Plans for exam (Milborne St Andrew and Blandford+).


10 April 2019 - Certificated enforcement course - first graduates on new format

Following the re-organisation of TRA's unique Certificated Course in Planning Enforcement to introduce distance learning elements, the first batch of students have now completed the course in its new format and been awarded their certificates. Find out some of their thoughts on the experience.