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07 August 2018 - Planning Jobs Board - current vacancies

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


06 August 2018 - Two workshops coming up in Edinburgh in September

The 2018-19 Workshop Programme for Scotland gets under way again after the summer break with two workshops taking place at The Edinburgh Training and Conference Centre on 20 September 2018. One of these is our ever popular Current Issues in Planning Enforcement: essential CPD update and the other is a new addition to this year's programme entitled Design in Planning Applications: how to add value. Book now to reserve your place!


03 August 2018 - 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 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.


03 August 2018 - Runnymede and neighbours explore complexities of advert control

All advertisements affect the appearance of an area or the building or structure on which they are displayed and the main purpose of the advertisement control system is to ensure they do not detract from the appearance of the environment.  TRA was recently commissioned by Runnymede District Council to deliver a one-day, in-house session on Understanding and enforcing advertisement control for their staff and staff from neighbouring authorities.


02 August 2018 - Don't miss out on this year's Enforcement Forum!

This ever-popular event has been running for almost 30 years and the next one is due to take place on 11 October 2018 at the Manchester Meeting Place. Bookings are going well, however there is still time to reserve your place(s) if you haven't done so already. The Forum provides excellent CPD for enforcement officers, legal and planning staff, and anyone from the private sector with a specific interest in planning enforcement. It is also a valuable opportunity to meet and exchange views and experiences with a wide spectrum of practitioners. Once again we have secured an excellent panel of speakers who will be covering a variety of hot topics...


01 August 2018 - Latest Neighbourhood Plans submitted to TRA for examination

Two more Neighbourhood Plans were submitted to TRA for examination in July. The Fordham Neighbourhood Plan (East Cambridgeshire DC) will be examined by David Kaiserman and the Pimperne Neighbourhood Plan (North Dorset DC) will be examined by Terry Kemmann-Lane.


11 July 2018 - Planning Jobs Board - current vacancies

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


11 July 2018 - A Beginner's Guide to Processing Planning Applications - places available

For many newcomers to the job, the processing of applications can be a daunting proposition. Uncertainty about what they should and should not consider, what weight to give to policy and other material considerations, and how the law fits in can lead to a lack of confidence and/or mistakes. For those who find themselves in this position, TRA's training workshop 'A Beginner's Guide to Processing Planning Applications' could be just the answer. Providing practical guidance and useful tips, the workshop's aim is to increase participants’ confidence in their new role and provide important pointers for further learning and development.


11 July 2018 - Two more Neighbourhood Plans submitted by North Dorset

Two further Neighbourhood Plans were submitted to TRA for Independent Examination by North Dorset District Council in June. Terry Kemmann-Lane and David Kaiserman have been appointed as Examiners.


09 July 2018 - Is it time to invest in your Management and Personal Development Skills?

Despite planning budgets being under extreme pressure, spending a relatively small amount of time and money now on developing and/or updating management skills could well be one of the best investments to make for both the short and long term. TRA's programme of one-day in-house Management and Personal Development Workshops is aimed specifically at those working in the planning and development field.


09 July 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.


12 June 2018 - Examiner recommends West Horsley Neighbourhood Plan for referendum

The examination of the West Horsley Neighbourhood Plan, submitted to TRA by Guildford Borough Council, was completed at the end of May. Examiner David Kaiserman concluded that, subject to a number of modifications, the Plan meets the "basic conditions" and other legal tests required. He therefore recommended that the Plan should proceed to a Referendum once modified.


11 June 2018 - Training workshops for 2018-19 - don't miss out!

The TRA Workshop Programme for 2018-19 got off to a good start this month with two popular workshops taking place at our London venue. The next two workshops, which will be in September, are now fully booked. However we do have workshops coming up later with places still available including a brand new workshop and one introduced to the programme just a couple of years ago: An Introduction to Masterplanning and The Enforcement Toolkit and how to use it.  Both will be running at The Wesley in London on 20 November 2018.


08 June 2018 - Forum on Enforcement 2018 - details now available

Details have now been finalised for this year's Forum on Enforcement taking place in Manchester on 11 October 2018. TRA has always recognised enforcement as a vital part of the planning process and for almost 30 years have been providing a range of training and education opportunities for those involved in planning enforcement. The Forum has been one of the mainstays in our annual programme providing excellent CPD and a valuable opportunity to meet and exchange views and experiences with other practitioners.