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 October and early November:
Several local authorities have recently sought the services of TRA to deliver in-house training on planning conditions. Our popular one-day workshop The Use of Conditions: necessary, precise and enforceable aims to improve the writing, use and enforcement of conditions and is aimed at staff who are involved in drafting, monitoring or enforcing them. The workshop is also available as part of our inter-authority programme and is running in Manchester in November.
The next group of events in our inter-authority training programme for 2018-19 will take place at the Manchester Meeting Place on 6 November 2018, and will include the recently developed one-day workshop Viability: what planners need to know.
The Hazelbury Bryan NP (North Dorset DC) is the latest Neighbourhood Plan to be submitted to TRA for Independent Examination. David Kaiserman has been appointed as the Examiner.
TRA understands that training needs and the resources available for training (both in terms of time and money) vary between authorities and so we are keen to offer a variety of formats to make our training accessible to all. Wirral MBC is one our most recent clients to take advantage of this, running our comprehensive one-day Planning Workshop for Councillors on an in-house basis.
The 2018-19 Training Workshop Programme for Scotland continues in November with 3 workshops (including 1 brand new one) taking place at The Novotel Hotel in Glasgow on 13 November 2018. Places are still available on all these events: "Advertisement Control", "Effective Planning Appeals" and "Presentation Skills for Planners (NEW)", however prompt booking is recommended.
TRA recently collaborated with Hyas Associates to develop a brand new series of training sessions, looking at a range of issues relating to the planning and delivery process for housing and large schemes. Amongst these is How to deliver quality residential schemes - a half-day workshop aimed specifically at Councillors who want to better understand how to deliver quality residential environments.
In the revised NPPF the government describes the creation of high quality buildings and places as “fundamental to what the planning and development process should achieve”. Good design is described as a “key aspect of sustainable development”. However, a report published in late 2017 described urban design skills and capacity in local authorities as “woefully low and declining”. Whilst many Councils are unlikely to be able to afford to buy-in specialist design skills, providing training for existing staff could help to bridge this gap.