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19 February 2020 - Planning Jobs Board - current vacancies

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


18 February 2020 - The planning process explained for Hampshire's "non-planners"

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.


17 February 2020 - An early reminder - post-election training for Councillors

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!


14 February 2020 - An Introduction to Masterplanning

The final two events in our 2019-20 Training programme are due to take place in London on 5 March 2020. The Basics of Planning workshop has proved very popular and has been fully booked for some time, however a number of places are still available on An Introduction to Masterplanning. This interactive workshop is for those involved in development management, planning policy and all related development disciplines, who want to understand the masterplanning process for large, residential sites and how to create effective, quality led masterplans that will facilitate delivery.


14 February 2020 - Neighbourhood Plan exams - latest news

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. 


13 February 2020 - New training programme for 2020-21 now available

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.


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.