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If you are working towards the introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy in your authority, why not let TRA provide you with a quotation for the Examination?
Unlike Local Plans, CIL Charging Schedules do not need to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for examination. The Government effectively opened up the examination proces through the legislation: s212 of the Planning Act 2008 says that the authority must appoint someone who, in their opinion, is independent of the authority and has appropriate qualifications and experience. Whilst subsequent CLG guidance suggested that a Planning Inspector is likely to fulfill these criteria, going automatically to the Planning Inspectorate is not the only option for authorities. Our expert Examiners are highly experienced consultant Planning Inspectors, enabling TRA to offer a credible alternative.
As an organisation that has provided support for the planning service for many years but which is independent of both local and central government, TRA is ideally placed to provide a prompt, professional and competitively-priced CIL Examination service.
Further information can be found on our website. You can also contact Penny O'Shea to find out more, including likely costs, without obligation.Back to top
To allow our offices to be refurbished we will be temporarily relocating within the next month to another office on the same development. We have appropriate plans in place and are hopeful that any disruption will be kept to a minimum but we just wanted to forewarn our contacts just in case.
At this point, we expect to be moving on the 21st and 22nd August (the Thursday and Friday before the Bank Holiday). We will keep everyone up-to-date via our website. All our contact details will remain the same - including our postal address and telephone number - so hopefully you won't be able to tell the difference!
However, if you do experience any problems or are concerned that your communication may not be getting through to us please do try to get in touch to check - telephone is likely to be the most reliable method.
We expect to be in our temporary office for 3-5 weeks.Back to top
TRA has always recognised the valuable role support and administrative staff play in any planning department, and offers a number of training services to help enhance their knowledge and skills and thereby improve the contribution these vital team members can make.
As well as our Planning Admin Network and annual Conference for Planning Support Staff, our interactive one day workshops are also very popular with some excellent feedback from past participants. Listed below are some of the workshops coming up this Autumn which would be of benefit to support and administrative staff in both the public and private sectors:
Further details, including more feedback from previous delegates and booking forms for each event, are available on the TRA website via the above links to the relevant workshop. If you are unable to make a firm booking straight away for a workshop you are interested in, provisional bookings are recommended and can be made by telephoning 01204 385678 or via our online provisional booking facility.
Discounts are available to those booking 2 or more places via our Discounted Block Booking Scheme - further details are also on the website.Back to top
This year's Forum on Enforcement will take place at our Manchester venue on Thursday 2 October. Early booking is particularly brisk and we are expecting it to be a popular programme so we'd suggest reserving your place as soon as possible.
Full details and a booking form can be found on our website.
The day will start with a Legal Update (always a popular session) given by Solicitor David Hainsworth LLB, FRSA, who has worked in both the public and private sectors and over the years has dealt with several hundred planning enforcement cases in various capacities.
There will be three parallel sessions from which you can choose to attend two:
The final plenary session will be deliverd by Barrister David Armstrong from Mallard consultancy which is a member of the Unique Places Network, an association of acknowledged experts in the management of public sector regulation and the public realm. He is also a consultant and adviser to many public agencies including Keep Britain Tidy, Tidy Northern Irealnd and Keep Wales Tidy and has regularly advised local authorities in many forms of regulation and enforcement. He is therefore well placed to talk about using the recently enacted Anti Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (many provisions of which also cover Wales) for dealing with common planning nuisance and enforcement problems.
The Forum will be chaired by Mike Hyde, Planning Consultant who delivers training on enforcement for TRA.Back to top
Our Councillor trainers have recently been extremely busy due to post-election demand. It may be that your authority may not have had elections, or there could be a specific topic that you
feel your Members might benefit from receiving training on; if this is the case, TRA can help.
Even if this kind of training has traditionally been delivered by your own officers, it is certainly worth considering an external training session provided by TRA.
We are able to conduct detailed sessions on specific aspects of planning, mainly half-day "modules" with a single presenter. Topics include specialist aspects of planning and updates on policy, procedure and good practice. Some of the topics we currently offer are:
These sessions are delivered by our experienced team of presenters, all of whom are planning practitioners, as opposed to academics.
This is just a small selection of the sessions that we can run; a full list can be found on our website. If required we are also happy to consider designing bespoke sessions, or tailoring an existing programme to suit an individual client's needs - please do not hesitate to ask if you have any specific requirements.
If you would like to see more information on a particular in-house training session, including an outline programme, then please do not hesitate to contact Angela Holmes directly, for a no-obligation quotation. The prices we quote are "all in" and therefore include all of our fees, presenters expenses and pre-course/course documentation, this means that there are no hidden extras and our clients are aware what they can expect to pay at the outset.Back to top
Here at TRA we have been on our travels again, this time to the Western Isles having been commissioned by the Council (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar) to deliver a short bespoke training session for their members. In addition, they also decided to utilise the presenter's time in Stornoway to their advantage by organising a second half day course for their officers on Report Writing Skills.
The first part of the day was devoted to the officers and the Report Writing session. The main objectives of the session were to:
In the afternoon the focus was on the Members with an opportunity for participants to discuss current issues in relation to the determination of planning applications. The training covered:
Both sessions were prepared and delivered by TRA Senior Associate, David Kaiserman, and feedback from the training was encouraging:
Development Management workshop for Members
Report Writing for Officers
This approach to delivering training, by offering two half day workshops for different audiences, can work out to be very cost effective but it does depend on the 'specialism' of the presenter involved. If you think that your authority would benefit from having training delivered in this way please get in touch with Angela Holmes to discuss the options available.Back to top
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