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10 December 2018 - Final two workshops in Training Programme for Scotland 2018-19

The two remaining events in our 2018-19 Workshop Programme for Scotland are due to take place in Edinburgh on 5 February 2019. If you or your staff/colleagues would like to attend either 'The Use and Abuse of Planning Conditions and Section 75 Obligations' or 'Permitted Development and dealing with Prior Approval Notifications', we recommend you get in touch with us as soon as possible to reserve your place(s).


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.


10 December 2018 - The importance of design considerations for Councillors

Urban design is an important aspect of the planning process and it is now widely accepted that basic urban design skills should be far more widely disseminated throughout the planning system, including among elected Members.  TRA offers an in-house workshop entitled Design Considerations and the Principles of Urban Design specifically aimed at Councillors who are looking to begin the process of developing these basic skills.


10 December 2018 - Planning Jobs Board - current vacancies

Looking for a new job for the new year? Here is our pick of the current vacancies on our Planning Jobs Board - with closing dates in December and January.


07 December 2018 - Havering CIL Schedule submitted to TRA for examination

The London Borough of Havering submitted its Draft CIL Charging Schedule to TRA on the 22nd November. The schedule will be examined by experienced examiner Terry Kemmann-Lane.


03 December 2018 - Merry Christmas from all at TRA

We'd like to wish all our Associates, Presenters, clients and contacts a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


27 November 2018 - Goodworth Clatford Neighbourhood Plan submitted for examination

The Goodworth Clatford Neighbourhood Plan (Test Valley BC) is the latest to be submitted to TRA for Independent Examination. Brian Dodd has been appointed as the Examiner.


13 November 2018 - Another successful Forum on Enforcement

TRA's latest Forum on Enforcement took place in Manchester last month. As always, we were very pleased that the event was well attended, with people travelling the length and breadth of the country to join us. For those of you who were not able to make it, here's what you missed....


12 November 2018 - Pimperne Neighbourhood Plan recommended for Referendum

The examination of the Pimperne Neighbourhood Plan, submitted to TRA by North Dorset District Council, was completed in October. Examiner Terry Kemmann-Lane concluded that subject to a number of modifications the Plan meets the "basic conditions" and other legal tests required. Council Members recently considered his report and suggested modifications and decided that a referendum will be held on the amended Plan in January 2019.


09 November 2018 - Focused training for Councillors on specific aspects of planning

TRA is the UK’s leading provider of practitioner-presented training for Councillors involved in planning and has trained Councillors in more than 250 local authorities throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Where Councillors have already undertaken basic training, we are able to conduct more detailed sessions on specific aspects of planning. These are mainly half-day "modules" with a single presenter.  Topics include specialist aspects of planning and updates on policy, procedure and good practice....


31 October 2018 - Last few places remaining on London workshops

Recent workshops at our London venue, The Wesley, have proved very popular with several of them running at full capacity. There are just three workshops left in this year's programme running at The Wesley with places still available. We recommend getting in touch as soon as possible to reserve your place(s) if you are interested in attending any of these: An Introduction to Masterplanning (NEW); The Enforcement Toolkit and how to use it; and Design in Planning Applications: how to add value (NEW).