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12 February 2019 - Planning Jobs Board - current vacancies

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


12 February 2019 - Delivering Places at Scale - new conference details available

Details are now available for our new conference, Delivering Places at Scale, taking place in London on 30 April.   The event has been organised in partnership with Hyas Associates, an independent consultancy offering tailored support and strategic advice to help complex projects move successfully through the planning system. The event will be ideal for anyone involved in planning for the delivery of a major new residential development.


11 February 2019 - New workshop focusing on planning's role in health and wellbeing

As mentioned in last month's ENews, the 2019-20 Workshop Programme for England and Wales has now been finalised and details are currently being circulated. This year's programme sees the introduction of four brand new workshops, one of which will be looking at Supporting Health and Wellbeing through Planning...


08 February 2019 - Planning training for Councillors

Last month in ENews we gave you an ‘early reminder’ if you are considering approaching TRA for post-election Member training. Since then, dates have started to get booked up, especially in the two weeks immediately following the elections.


07 February 2019 - Neighbourhood Plan exams - latest news

January saw the completion of two more neighbourhood plan exams, for Test Valley BC and North Warwickshire BC, and the submission of the Sutton NP for East Cambridgeshire DC.


07 February 2019 - Maidstone planners consider the importance of Character and Appearance

TRA was recently commissioned by Maidstone BC to provide an in-house workshop on Character and Appearance as a Material Consideration.  The workshop helped officers appreciate how significant the issue of character and appearance is as a material consideration, not only within Conservation Areas, but more widely, in both urban and rural surroundings.


15 January 2019 - Upskilling for Rotherham planners on delivering large sites and viability

TRA recently delivered two in-house training workshops for Rotherham Borough Council - An Introduction to Delivering Large Strategic Sites and Viability: what planners need to know.  The workshops were delivered by Presenters Steve Hill and Jayne Lomas from Hyas Associates, a multi-disciplinary practice of senior professionals with extensive experience of planning for and delivering all aspects of large scale, residential-led sites. 


14 January 2019 - An early reminder - Post-election training for Councillors

For some local authorities, Council elections will be taking place on Thursday 2nd May 2019. We'd like to remind those of you considering providing planning training in the post-election period about the importance of booking early to ensure your Councillors don’t miss out on one of our extremely popular in-house training sessions.


09 January 2019 - Two more Neighbourhood Plan Examinations completed

Two more Neighbourhood Plan examinations, both for North Dorset District Council, were completed in November 2018.  Read on to find out more about our Independent Examination Service...


07 January 2019 - Rushcliffe CIL Schedule submitted to TRA for examination

Rushcliffe Borough Council submitted its Draft CIL Charging Schedule to TRA on the 13th December 2018.  The schedule will be examined by experienced examiner Terry Kemmann-Lane.


10 December 2018 - Helping you to improve the planning customers' experience

Delivering a quality service that leaves the customer satisfied and reduces the number of unnecessary "interactions" has to be a high priority for any successful manager and their staff.  TRA offers a workshop that provides an understanding of why customer-care matters more than ever before. Managing the Planning Customer’s Experience is available exclusively on an in-house basis (where we come to you) and is equally applicable to both professional and support staff.