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The TRA Training Workshop Programme for Scotland continues through Autumn and includes two workshops in Edinburgh on 14 November 2019 with places still available. The workshops will be covering Effective Planning Appeals and The Basics of Planning and will be suitable for planning staff working in both the public and private sectors. Read more...
Here is our pick of the current vacancies on our Planning Jobs Board with closing dates in August and early September.
Training budgets for LPAs may be extremely tight, but neglecting training can often prove to be short-sighted. It is precisely in times like these when you really need your key resources – i.e. your staff – to be working effectively and efficiently.
Commissioning in-house training from TRA makes real economic sense at any time, but especially in the current climate. Organising a workshop on an in-house basis represents a unique opportunity to have training which matches the requirements of the staff and the authority, delivered in a way which is both cost effective and convenient.
TRA has vast experience of training, advising and observing Planning/DM Committees and was recently commissioned to deliver two half day training sessions at Fenland District Council; first off was a Briefing on Planning which was then followed by Good Practice for Committees. The first session was aimed at non-planning Committee Members, including those from local towns and parishes; and the second session was for the benefit of Councillors on the Planning/DM Committee.
The next batch of inter-authority events coming up includes a brand new and innovative workshop based on recent experience of the NHS Healthy New Towns Programme. The workshop Supporting Health and Wellbeing through Planning, will take place in London on 26 September and will have relevance for both Planning Policy and Development Management Teams. It has been developed by experienced presenter Tim Crawshaw, who was Built Environment Lead for the Darlington Healthy New Town Pilot from 2016 to 2018, and draws on current and emerging best practice to assist planning professionals both develop effective policy suites and make better decisions that support health and wellbeing.
The examination of the Motcombe Neighbourhood Plan, submitted to TRA in June by Dorset Council, was completed in late July. Examiner David Kaiserman concluded that subject to a number of modifications the Plan meets the "basic conditions" and other legal tests required and can proceed to a referendum once modified.
Our extensive portfolio of training workshops for Councillors 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 many of them running several repeat sessions. The most popular option is our half-day workshop A Briefing on Planning for Town and Parish Councils. Suitable for Councillors and Clerks, it is designed to help them make a more effective contribution to the Development Management process.
Our Training Programme for 2019-20 is now taking a break until September. Bookings are going well for the next section of the programme with a couple of workshops approaching being fully booked. However places are still available on most of the workshops including two events focusing on the delivery of large residential sites, which would be of interest to both development management and planning policy staff: An Introduction to Delivering Large Strategic Sites and New Settlements and An Introduction to Masterplanning.
The London Borough of Waltham Forest recently commissioned TRA to deliver an in-house workshop on the Use of Conditions: necessary, precise and enforceable. This popular workshop is suitable for anyone involved in drafting conditions or in monitoring and enforcing them. It offers a unique opportunity for everyone involved with conditions to get together to discuss and understand the common issues and potential problems.
As mentioned in last month's Enews, our popular workshop 'Current Issues in Planning Enforcement: essential CPD update' is due to take place at the Novotel Hotel in Glasgow on 19 September 2019. This workshop is unique in that as well as focusing on recent case law and key updates, each year it takes a look at different aspects of the legislative framework underpinning planning enforcement and this year's workshop will have a particular focus on Advertisements; Running a Business from Home; and Shipping Containers (and other 'moveable' structures).
As mentioned in an earlier issue of Enews we have been finalising the details for our ever popular annual Forum on Enforcement. The line-up is now complete and information on our speakers and the topics they will be discussing is available on the website. For almost 30 years, the Forum has been providing the opportunity to learn from our panel of highly experienced speakers, and also to gain excellent CPD while meeting and exchanging views and experiences with other participants in a structured but not overly formal atmosphere. The event regularly receives excellent feedback with some of our loyal participants returning year after year.
The London Borough of Tower Hamlets submitted its Draft CIL Charging Schedule to TRA on the 24th May 2019. The schedule will be examined by experienced examiner Terry Kemmann-Lane and a Hearing is scheduled for 1 August. Also in May, Mr Kemmann-Lane approved the Havering Community Infrastructure Levy subject to his recommended modifications.
The last month has seen one neighbourhood plan examination completed and another plan submitted for exam, both for the new Dorset Council. Find out more about our independent NP examination service.