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30 November 2017 - Final two workshops in Scotland 2017-18 Programme to take place in Glasgow

The 2017-18 Training Workshop Programme for Scotland sees the final 2 workshops taking place at the Novotel Hotel in Glasgow on 6 February 2018. There is still time to reserve your place on these events which will be covering 'The Use and Abuse of Planning Conditions and Section 75 Obligations' and 'Permitted Development and dealing with Prior Approval Notifications'.

28 November 2017 - Outlining the appeals process for officers in Bucks

TRA recently delivered the second of two in-house workshops commissioned by Buckinghamshire County Council. The latest session provided An Introduction to Appeals and followed a successful session on Environmental Impact Assessment delivered at the end of September. 

24 November 2017 - East Hants Councillors consider the principles of urban design

East Hampshire Council recently commissioned TRA to deliver an in-house session on the principles of urban design for their elected Members.  In order to assist Councillors with their important planning role, the workshop involved a series of short seminars on basic design concepts, plenty of opportunity for discussions about the principles of good urban design as well as a local site visit.

09 November 2017 - New training for those involved in the planning and delivery of strategic sites

TRA is currently developing a new suite of workshops to help local authorities with the issues around the allocation and delivery of large strategic sites. This new training initiative is being developed in association with Hyas Associates, a national, multi-disciplinary practice consisting of senior professionals with extensive experience of planning for and delivering all aspects of large scale, residential-led sites.

08 November 2017 - Planning Jobs Board - current vacancies

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

07 November 2017 - Workshops coming up in the New Year!

Our 2017-18 Workshop Programme for England & Wales sees the last batch of events for 2017 taking place during November and all are fully booked. Looking ahead to 2018, we have four workshops coming up in January/February in Manchester on which a number of places are still available, covering subjects including Development in the Green Belt, The Enforcement Toolkit, PD & Prior Approval Notifications, and Urban Design.

07 November 2017 - Bournemouth planners sharpen their negotiating skills

TRA was recently commissioned by Bournemouth Borough Council to deliver a one-day in-house workshop on Negotiation Skills. The workshop is aimed at planning and development staff who have to negotiate with various outside organisations, agencies and individuals as part of their work. The workshop was developed and delivered by TRA Presenter, Chris Weetman, and feedback from the session was excellent.

07 November 2017 - Is finding time for training a problem for your Councillors?

If so, TRA can help. We understand that time can be a key factor for Councillors when it comes to training due to the high demands on their time because of personal and/or business/authority commitments.  That is why TRA produced two short planning training sessions (3 hours) based on our two most popular one-day workshops for delivery exclusively on an in-house basis in either a morning, afternoon or evening to suit an authority’s particular requirements.

20 October 2017 - Another successful Forum on Enforcement

Our annual Forum on Enforcement provides valuable CPD for the wide range of people involved in enforcement work.  It also offers the opportunity for delegates to exchange ideas, discuss issues and meet colleagues. As always, we were very pleased that this year's Forum was well attended, with delegates travelling the length and breadth of the country to attend. For those of you who weren't able to attend the event on 12 October in Manchester, here's what you missed ...

10 October 2017 - Examiner recommends revised Southwark CIL Schedule for approval

Southwark Council submitted its Draft revised CIL Charging Schedule to TRA for examination at the end of May. The schedule was examined by experienced examiner Terrence Kemmann-Lane, with a hearing held on 26 July.  The Examiner submitted his report to the Council in late August, in which he concluded that the Charging Schedule should be approved, subject to minor modifications. 

05 October 2017 - Bucks CC gets up to speed with new EIA Regulations

The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations were updated in May 2017 and are a complete replacement for the 2011 version. Buckinghamshire County Council recently commissioned TRA to deliver an in-house workshop on Environmental Impact Assessments for officers and consultees. 

05 October 2017 - Would your Town & Parish Councils benefit from training on planning?

TRA has a large portfolio of training workshops for Councillors, which includes in-house training specifically aimed at Town & Parish Councillors.  Many of our District Council clients have been keen to organise this kind of training for their Town/Parish Councils with most of them running several repeat sessions.  The most popular option is our half-day workshop A Briefing on Planning for Town and Parish Councils.