The latest news about TRA and our current activities ....
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Here is our pick of the current vacancies on our Planning Jobs Board - with closing dates in March and April.
As of Thursday 19 March, all TRA staff have switched to working from home and our office is effectively closed until further notice. This move has been made in light of recent recommendations from the government and to protect the safety of our staff and the wider public. However, we are well-equipped for remote working and we remain at your disposal.
TRA was recently commissioned to deliver an in-house training session for Bath and North East Somerset, entitled Presentation Skills for Planners. This is an interactive workshop which helps to raise participants' awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses and provides some tried and tested tips and techniques to help them get their message across.
The latest Council to engage a CIL Examiner through TRA is the London Borough of Camden. The Council has undertaken a partial review of its CIL Schedule, originally adopted in April 2015, and has now submitted a revised schedule for examination.
As mentioned in last month's Enews, our new Training Programme for 2020-21 has now been published and this year we will be introducing two brand new half-day Professional Updates. These events will be delivered in a "Briefing" Style as opposed to our usual interactive workshop format but there will be opportunity for questions. They will both run on the same day (19 November 2020) so can be attended as stand-alone sessions to meet specific training needs or in combination to provide a more wide-ranging update. The briefings will be 'Development Management Legal Update' and 'Lessons from Challenges to Officer Reports'.
Due to the increasing requirement for staff to be 'multi-skilled', TRA has developed an Introduction to Planning for those who have limited or no experience in the town planning process, but who need to have a basic understanding of how the system works. It is on this basis that we were commissioned to deliver a one-day workshop on behalf of Hampshire County Council; to help staff who regularly work alongside planning colleagues in District Councils.
For a number of local authorities, Council elections will be taking place on Thursday 7th May 2020. If you are considering providing planning training in the post-election period we recommend booking early to ensure that your Councillors don’t miss out on one of our extremely popular in-house training sessions. Some authorities have already beaten the rush and have booked their preferred day!
The last few weeks have seen two Neighbourhood Plan examinations concluded (Blandford+ NP for Dorset Council and Witchford NP for East Cambs DC) and the submission for examination of the Lovelace NP by Guildford BC.
The new TRA Training Workshop Programme 2020-21 has now been finalised and is available to view on our website. This year's programme includes three brand new workshops: Understanding Prior Approval Notifications, Securing Place and Design Quality through the Planning System and Writing Effective Reports: getting more from less. It also sees the introduction of two brand new half-day updates: Development Management Legal Update and Lessons from Challenges to Officer Reports.