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10 April 2018 - Maidstone organises training for staff new to processing applications

Maidstone BC recently ran TRA's Beginner's Guide to Processing Planning Applications on an in-house basis. The course de-mystifyies the process and gives staff who are just beginning to deal with planning applications, or are relatively new to the role, the opportunity to focus on key concepts and approaches.


10 April 2018 - Councillor training - not just for those with elections

Wyre Borough Council recently commissioned TRA to deliver a short evening session for their Members, and neighbouring Members, on the Role of Councillors in Planning.  This session is designed to help Councillors understand and appreciate their role and functions more clearly as a basis for contributing more effectively. In particular it helps Councillors to understand something of the broader framework of planning. 


10 April 2018 - More Government funding for neighbourhood plans

The Government has recently signalled its ongoing commitment to neighbourhood planning by allocating over £23m in additional funding between 2018 and 2022 to support the development of neighbourhood plans and neighbourhood development orders. With significant momentum behind neighbourhood planning, TRA is here to assist LPAs with the independent examination stage of the process. 


09 April 2018 - Planning Jobs Board - current vacancies

Here is our pick of the current vacancies on our Planning Jobs Board - with closing dates in April and May.


06 April 2018 - 2018-19 Workshop Programme begins in June

The 2018-19 Workshop Programme gets underway on 7 June 2018 with two workshops taking place at The Wesley in London. They will be focusing on Development in the Green Belt and Enforcement of Listed Building Control. Discounts of between 10 and 15% are available when booking two or more places at the same time (over any number of workshops in the programme).


05 April 2018 - Conference for Planning Support Staff - details now finalised

Details for this year's Conference for Planning Support Staff taking place in London on 24 May 2018 have now been finsalised and are available to view on the TRA website. This annual Conference is aimed at all administrative and technical staff involved in the planning process and addresses new areas of practice as well as day-to-day issues. Since our last Conference 12 months ago, the government has announced a number of changes and new initiatives, and this latest Conference offers participants the opportunity to understand the current direction of travel and reflect on their planning service delivery and how it might look in the future.


13 March 2018 - Planning Jobs Board - current vacancies

Here is our pick of the current vacancies on our Planning Jobs Board - with closing dates in March and April.


13 March 2018 - Conference for Planning Support Staff - topics announced

Topics for this year's Conference for Planning Support Staff  taking place on Thursday 24 May in London have now been finalised.  Advance details are available now and a more detailed leaflet will be available for download from our website within the next week or so. Details will also be circulated shortly to our usual mailing contacts. 


12 March 2018 - 2018-19 Training Programme for Scotland now published

The 2018-19 Workshop Programme for planning and development practitioners in Scotland has now been finalised and is available to view on the TRA website. Leaflets giving detailed information for all the workshops are available to view or download in a pdf format and a programme summary can also be downloaded for easy display/circulation within your department. The programme includes three new workshops covering Viability, Design and Presentation Skills for Planners.


12 March 2018 - Brand new workshop on masterplanning

As part of our 2018-19 workshop programme TRA is introducing a brand new workshop for those who want to learn (more) about masterplanning. An Introduction to Masterplanning will take place at our London venue on 20 November 2018. 


09 March 2018 - A Reminder - Post-election training for Councillors

For some local authorities, Council elections will be taking place on Thursday 3rd May 2018. We would like to remind those of you who are considering providing planning training in the post-election period about the importance of booking soon to ensure that your Councillors don’t miss out on one of our extremely popular in-house training sessions.


09 March 2018 - Does your Authority have an up-to-date Local Plan in place?

The threat of government intervention is still looming for those local authorities who do not yet have an up-to-date local plan in place.  If, sometime in the near future your authority will be looking at submitting its local plan to the Planning Inspectorate for examination, you might want to learn more about our in-house training workshop that focuses specifically on this matter.


06 March 2018 - Gillingham Neighbourhood Plan submitted to TRA for examination

The latest Neighbourhood Plan to be submitted to TRA for Independent Examination is the Gillingham Neighbourhood Plan. The plan was submitted at the end of February by North Dorset District Council and David Kaiserman has been appointed as the Examiner.