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17 January 2020 - Planning Jobs Board - current vacancies

Here is our pick of the current vacancies on our Planning Jobs Board - with closing dates in January and early February.


17 January 2020 - Neighbourhood Plan exams - latest news

Since late November we have received the Witchford Neighbourhood Plan (East Cambs DC) for examination and a futher two exams have been completed; for Branston (East Staffs BC) and Colston Bassett (Rushcliffe BC).


13 January 2020 - Could your planning reports to Committee be improved?

TRA was recently commissioned to deliver a one-day workshop at Darlington Borough Council on Report Writing. Our interactive course, Writing Effective Reports: making the best use of your case and your time, offers clear guidance on how committee reports can be improved and provides an opportunity for debate about good practice, drawing on the presenter's long experience both of local government planning and the work of the Planning Inspectorate.


09 January 2020 - South Downs provides members with an updated view of their role in planning

The South Downs National Park Authority recently commissioned TRA to deliver a one-day training workshop for their Members, on The Role of Councillors in Planning.  The session is designed to help Councillors understand and appreciate their role and functions more clearly as a basis for contributing more effectively.


16 December 2019 - How to recognise, define and encourage good design in development

TRA's popular and relatively new workshop 'Design in Planning Applications: how to add value' is due to take place in the New Year, in both our England/Wales and Scotland Training Workshop Programmes; on 23 January 2020 in Manchester and on 4 February 2020 in Glasgow. Places are still available on both events however prompt booking is strongly recommended. The workshop 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.


20 November 2019 - Don't miss our Introduction to Masterplanning

One of our relatively new workshops focuses on the masterplanning process for the benefit of those who are new to this aspect of planning or who have limited experience.  An Introduction to Masterplaning featured in the TRA programme for the first time in 2018-19 and has also been delivered successfully on an in-house basis. It will next be running in London on 5 March 2020 and there are places available if you would like to attend.


19 November 2019 - Helping officers to handle difficult customer interactions

It doesn’t matter how long you have been in planning, the chances are you will have been involved in some form of disagreement over planning issues at some point; whether with developers, their agents, the public or even elected members. Whilst the nature of the disagreement itself may be different, there will always be common factors that can be handled with a range of common skills and techniques. With this in mind, Arun District Council recently commissioned TRA to deliver a two-day course for their officers...


19 November 2019 - Councillors too busy for training?

TRA has been delivering training on planning for Councillors for many years and we understand that squeezing in training can be difficult for Councillors because of all the other demands on their time. That is why we now offer short training sessions (3 hours) based on our two most popular one-day workshops for delivery exclusively on an in-house basis. These can be delivered in a morning, afternoon or evening to suit an authority’s particular requirements. One authority that recently commissioned TRA on this basis was Uttlesford District Council.


19 November 2019 - Parson Drove Neighbourhood Plan recommended for referendum

The latest Neighbourhood Plan to be examined by one of TRA's independent Examiners is for Parson Drove in Cambridgeshire. David Kaiserman was appointed to examine the Plan and it was submitted to TRA by Fenland District Council in October.


18 November 2019 - Workshops in Glasgow looking at Design and Permitted Development

The final two workshops in our current programme for Scotland are coming up on 4 February 2020 in Glasgow . One will be focusing on Design in Planning Applications and the other will look at PD and Prior Approval Notifications.  Once these workshops have taken place, there are no more TRA  events scheduled for the rest of 2020, so this is the last chance for now if you would like to attend one of our training events and we would be delighted to see you there!