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11 April 2019 - Planning Jobs Board - current vacancies

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


10 April 2019 - Certificated enforcement course - first graduates on new format

Following the re-organisation of TRA's unique Certificated Course in Planning Enforcement to introduce distance learning elements, the first batch of students have now completed the course in its new format and been awarded their certificates. Find out some of their thoughts on the experience.


10 April 2019 - Still time to book on brand new conference - Delivering Places at Scale

With just under three weeks to go to our brand new conference, booking is going very well but there is still time to reserve your place if you would like to attend. Speakers will address a range of very practical issues around delivering quality places - including funding infrastructure, cross-boundary working, and achieving high quality design - topics relevant to all planners involved in delivery. 


09 April 2019 - 2019-20 Workshop Programme opens with brand new workshop

Our 2019-20 Training Programme for England and Wales sees the first two workshops taking place in London on 20 June 2019. One is a popular recent addition to the programme - Viability: what planners need to know. The other  - How Planning Enforcement Works - is a brand new workshop making its first outing and already in high demand with places being snapped up very quickly!


05 April 2019 - Conference for Planning Support Staff - time to book your place!

We are pleased to announce that details have now been finalised for this year's Conference for Planning Support Staff which will be taking place at The Wesley in London on 23 May 2019. It may seem that planning has taken a bit of a back seat recently, however there have been a number of significant “background” developments in the world of planning. While the revised NPPF represents a shift in some important elements of national planning policy, there have also been less high profile changes in terms of finances and how local authorities fund and deliver their services...


04 April 2019 - TRA heads to Devon for bespoke training for support staff

TRA was recently commissioned by Mid Devon DC to provide a bespoke in-house workshop for their support staff and those from neighbouring authorities. The aim was to develop and enhance the knowledge of participants in relation to several areas of planning practice including Permitted Development, Listed Building Control, and Validation and Prior Approval Notifications


04 April 2019 - Post election training for Councillors - a final reminder before Election Day!

For many authorities local Council elections are literally just around the corner.  If that includes you and you are considering providing planning training in the coming months we'd like to remind you of the importance of booking dates as soon as possible; this will ensure that your Councillors don’t miss out on one of our extremely popular in-house training sessions.


13 March 2019 - Training Workshop Programme for Scotland 2019-20 now published

Our Training Workshop Programme for Scotland 2019-20 has now been finalised and full details are available on the website. The programme includes 8 workshops, covering a variety of topics suitable for planning, enforcement and administrative/support staff, with the first two workshops scheduled to take place in Edinburgh on 11 June 2019: The Use and Abuse of Planning Conditions and Section 75 Obligations and Managing the Planning Customer’s Experience.


12 March 2019 - Rushcliffe and Welwyn Hatfield planners work on their presenting skills

Planners, and particularly middle-tier managers, often find themselves thrust into the spotlight by having to make presentations to Planning Committees, pressure groups, other stakeholders etc. However, it is still unusual to find that those presenting have received any kind of formal training in presentation skills. With this in mind, two Councils recently commissioned TRA to deliver in-house training on Presentation Skills for Planners.


11 March 2019 - Broadwindsor Neighbourhood Plan submitted for examination

The latest Neighbourhood Plan to be submitted to TRA for Independent Examination is the Broadwindsor   Neighbourhood Plan. The plan was submitted in February by West Dorset District Council and Brian Dodd has been appointed as the Examiner.


11 March 2019 - New Examiner joins TRA's Neighbourhood Plan team

Due to increasing demand for neighbourhood plan examinations, TRA has added a new member to its team of Independent Examiners. Richard Hollox is a highly experienced chartered town planner and surveyor. In...


08 March 2019 - MHCLG to join speakers at "Delivering Places at Scale" conference

We are delighted to announce that  Ben Grubb, Development Corporations Lead at MHCLG has agreed to speak at our forthcoming conference on Delivering Places at Scale.  Ben will explain MHCLG’s approach to new Locally Led Development Corporations and how they can be part of the solution for the delivery of new communities.


08 March 2019 - Focused training for Councillors on specific aspects of planning

TRA has trained Councillors involved in planning 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.


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...


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.