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Here is our pick of the current vacancies on our Planning Jobs Board - with closing dates in September and early October.
With the earliest neighbourhood plans now having been in place for around six years, there are a number of revised or "modified" plans coming through which require independent examination. The Horninglow & Eton Neighbourhood Plan has been part of the statutory development plan for East Staffordshire since it was made in March 2015. A modified version of the plan was submitted to TRA in August and has been examined by David Kaiserman.
Effective enforcement is essential to maintaining the integrity of the whole planning process. TRA’s workshop Ensuring Effective Enforcement: drafting the notice through to compliance aims to develop participants’ knowledge and confidence so that they can draft an effective enforcement notice and be aware of the ways in which they can secure compliance if the notice is not complied with. Huntingdonshire DC recently commissioned TRA to deliver this workshop on an in-house basis for the benefit of their officers.
TRA has been providing essential training on planning for Councillors for well over 20 years and has trained Councillors in over 250 local authorities. The detailed content of our courses is updated as the planning context changes and is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure it remains current. We've recently undertaken a more comprehensive review of our main suite of Councillor training courses to refresh the content and to ensure consistency across the different courses. If you are looking to provide planning training for Councillors there are three main options, with a couple of variations, and we'd be happy to help.
As we all return from our Summer holidays, TRA is looking forward to welcoming delegates on our first batch of workshops this Autumn. There are a few places available on one of the sessions taking place in London on 26 September but you will need to be quick if you want to snap one up. Then in November, we have four workshops in our programme for England and Wales, two of which are almost fully booked but we do have a number of places available on the other two: An Introduction to Delivering Large Strategic Sites and New Settlements and Development in the Green Belt, for anyone who would like to attend.
The TRA Training Workshop Programme for Scotland continues through Autumn and includes two workshops in Edinburgh on 14 November 2019 with places still available. The workshops will be covering Effective Planning Appeals and The Basics of Planning and will be suitable for planning staff working in both the public and private sectors. Read more...
Training budgets for LPAs may be extremely tight, but neglecting training can often prove to be short-sighted. It is precisely in times like these when you really need your key resources – i.e. your staff – to be working effectively and efficiently.
Commissioning in-house training from TRA makes real economic sense at any time, but especially in the current climate. Organising a workshop on an in-house basis represents a unique opportunity to have training which matches the requirements of the staff and the authority, delivered in a way which is both cost effective and convenient.
TRA has vast experience of training, advising and observing Planning/DM Committees and was recently commissioned to deliver two half day training sessions at Fenland District Council; first off was a Briefing on Planning which was then followed by Good Practice for Committees. The first session was aimed at non-planning Committee Members, including those from local towns and parishes; and the second session was for the benefit of Councillors on the Planning/DM Committee.
The examination of the Motcombe Neighbourhood Plan, submitted to TRA in June by Dorset Council, was completed in late July. Examiner David Kaiserman concluded that subject to a number of modifications the Plan meets the "basic conditions" and other legal tests required and can proceed to a referendum once modified.
Our Training Programme for 2019-20 is now taking a break until September. Bookings are going well for the next section of the programme with a couple of workshops approaching being fully booked. However places are still available on most of the workshops including two events focusing on the delivery of large residential sites, which would be of interest to both development management and planning policy staff: An Introduction to Delivering Large Strategic Sites and New Settlements and An Introduction to Masterplanning.