- TRA ENews Archive
ENews - March 2006
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28/03/06 - TRAINING FOR PLANNING SUPPORT STAFF PROVES POPULAR
As well as our well-established portfolio of inter-authority training events for planning support staff, we also provide a considerable amount of training on an in-house basis. This
can be organised for an individual authority or for a group of authorities.
This has proved a particularly popular option for authorities in recent months and sessions have included:Supporting the DC Function - Stratford on Avon DC and neighbouring authorities"It actually exceeded my expectations! Very interactive, engaging content and discussions. Useful material to take away from the course to refer back to."
Lucy Hammond, Stratford on
Avon DC"Brilliant - was a great day for covering essentials."
Bev Dancer, Cherwell DC"The workshop was delivered in a way which made the detail understandable whatever one's knowledge."
Tricia Sims, Stratford on Avon DC.Training for technical/support staff (bespoke programme) - Penwith DC"Generally I feel, and have been told by a number of participants, that the training was very useful. It has proved as I had hoped a catalyst for achieving change in the department which
will be a real benefit to us."
Peter Bainbridge, Sustainable Development Team LeaderPlanning and Advertisements for support staff - Arun DC"An excellent workshop - has ironed out a few grey areas."
Janice Chapman"Thanks very much - a good course and great delivery. I work in enforcement and so it was very relevant and made you think about a very complex area."
Joanne Searle"Once again, the presenter managed to pitch the course at all levels of experience within the group."
Other workshops delivered recently included the Basics of Planning for Administrative Staff
for East Lindsey DC and the
Basics of Planning for Frontline Staff
delivered twice for Mid Beds DC.
Details of the main options for in-house training for planning support staff can be found on our website. If you would like
further information or are interested in arranging some training please contact Penny O'Shea without obligation.
28/03/06 - NEW WORKSHOP ON PRE-APPLICATION DISCUSSIONS
As part of our 2006 programme of workshops in England and Wales, we are including a brand new workshop on Effective
The workshop is aimed at all those involved in the negotiation of planning submissions and explores the ways in which pre-application discussions can play a positive role in ensuring both
speed and quality in DC decision-making.
The workshop is presented by Philippa Jarvis, one of TRA's Senior Associates, and will explore the following:
- the important role of guidance and advice for applicants
- what are applicants seeking to achieve?
- the role of the DC officer as negotiator, co-ordinator, mediator and project manager
- the Development Team approach
- charging - the pros and cons
- the use of checklists to assist the proces s.
This new workshop is proving popular but there is still time to reserve a place for Manchester on 6 June. For a leaflet/booking form or to reserve a place provisionally
please contact Shelagh Pooley.
28/03/06 - BASIC SKILLS & PROCEDURES FOR DC: IN-HOUSE TRAINING
TRA is well-known for its workshops for planning and development staff run on an inter-authority basis. Many of these workshops can also be delivered on your own premises for staff
from your authority and this can be a particularly cost-effective way of meeting training needs. We are also happy to arrange joint training sessions for a group of authorities (all we need
is one authority to take the lead for organisational purposes).
A particularly popular option is our series on Basic Skills and Procedures for Development Control
which is ideal for new or less experienced
A flier providing basic information on this series can be downloaded in PDF format here. If you would like any additional information or if you would like to discuss the possibility of
arranging some in-house training please contact Penny O'Shea.
26/03/06 - SCOTTISH WORKSHOP ON TREES & PLANNING
As part our workshop programme in Scotland, we will be running our popular session on Trees, Planning and Development on Tuesday 9 May
The workshop, which is delivered by Steven Milne, take a detailed and highly practical look at the interface between trees
and contemporary development pressures. It will be of benefit to planners in both the public and private sectors who are involved/interested n tree protection but who are not specialists in
that field. It provides a good contextual understanding of an integrated approach to tree protection and covers tree biology and structure; legislation and guidance; impact evaluation; and
There are still places available for this workshop but prompt booking is recommended. Please contact Shel agh Pooley for a leaflet or to reserve a place.
Don't forget that if your authority is interested in booking several places on our 2006 programme, you can take advantage of our block-booking discount. A special block
booking form can be downloaded in PDF format from our website.
26/03/06 - DC REVIEW & PROCEDURE GUIDE FOR MOLE VALLEY
Mole Valley District Council is the latest authority to commission TRA to undertake a review of Development Control procedures and develop an Online Procedure Guide. The review was
submitted last December and the Procedure Guide was handed over to the authority at the end of February.
Feedback from Head of Planning, Clive Smith, has been very positive. "We have been very pleased with your thorough and thoughtful review of DC Procedures. So, also, have the two Chairmen of
the DC Committee and Environment Committee. You hardly disturbed us at all...You have given us much to do to better the way we work and the service we deliver. I anticipate that we will be
implementing most of your recommendations over the next few months."
The preparation of an authority specific
online Procedure Guide is a unique service developed by TRA. Guides are now operational in 20 local authorities (see our website for details) and our consultancy teams are currently working on a further four.
Some basic information on this service is available on our website. A brand new brochure
in detail what is involved in both the Review and the Procedure Guide, is now available. Please contact Penny O'Shea for a copy. It is also possible to view a demonstration version of the Procedure Guide via our website.
If you would like to explore things further please feel free to contact Penny O'Shea without obligation.
Please note that we can also produce Procedure Guides for Building Control
. Details are
available on our website.
21/03/06 - MORE CAMBRIDGE STUDENTS AWARDED CERTIFICATES
Congratulations to the following students who have recently been awarded Certificates in Continuing Education (either in Planning Enforcement
or in Management Concepts and
Skills in Planning
) from the University of Cambridge. Some students have already received their certificate by post and others will be attending the awards ceremony at Madingley Hall in
June to receive the award in person.Planning Enforcement:Lisa Price
- South Gloucestershire CouncilTamara Roberts
- Northampton BCJames Willoughby
- Northampton BCMatt Whitton
- Great Yarmouth BCBob Lee
- Slough BCZoe Fuller
- Newark & Sherwood DCRoger Howard
- LB of Barking & DagenhamPeter Lowe
- Three Rivers DCMichael Muscroft
- Bedford BCGaynor Richards
- East Staffordshire BCFrances Smith
- Nottinghamshire County CouncilManagement Concepts and Skills in Planning:Andrea Gilmour
- East Hertfordshire DCHelen Brookes-Martin
- Dudley MBCTrisha Coyle
- LB of HaveringTim Marsh
- Carrick DCJenny Nell
- Mid Beds DCNicola Stinson
- Kerrier DCRichard Purcell
- East Riding of Yorkshire CouncilAnthea Jones
- Carlisle City Council.
Gaining the Certificate is a considerable achievement, involving lots of hard work and commitment, and TRA is very proud of all our new "graduates".
Please click for further details of the Cambridge courses in Planning Enforcement and in Management Concepts and Skills in Planning plus the brand new programme for Planning Support Staff.
21/03/06 - MADINGLEY NEWS
This section of ENews is a way for people who have taken part in the TRA/Cambridge University certificated courses to
keep in contact with us and each other. We are keen to keep in touch so please let Shelagh at TRA know if you have any news.Lynn Thomas
from Woking Borough Council, who received the Certificate of Continuing Education in Planning Enforcement in
2005, has now achieved Technical Membership of the RTPI. Lynn followed Route 2
to Technical Membership.
The requirements under Route 2
are that applicants must be able to demonstrate at least 10 years' relevant experience, at least 5 of which need to be in a clear planning support
role, and submit a report on some aspect of planning support work, to be assessed by the RTPI. However, possession of the TRA/Cambridge University Certificate provides appli cants with
exemption from this report requirement.
There is also an alternative route, Route 1
, which involves having an RTPI recognised qualification (of which the TRA/Cambridge Certificate can form part) plus relevant experience.
Further information on both routes is available from Shelagh Pooley at TRA and an information pack on RTPI Technical Membership is available from the Institute - please contact Dushy Large,
Education and Membership Officer, tel: 0207 929 9484, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to Zoe Fuller
from Newark & Sherwood DC who not only gained the certificate in planning enforcement this
year but also had a bouncing baby girl at the beginning of March.
Please click here for details of the TRA/Cambridge University certificated courses.
06/03/06 - NEW CERTIFICATED COURSE FOR PLANNING SUPPORT STAFF - FURTHER DETAILS NOW AVAILABLE
In last September's issue of ENews we announced that TRA has been developing a brand new certificated course in planning support which will be accredited by the University of
Progress with this exciting new initiative is going very well and we are now able to provide some basic details of the proposed programme. A factsheet is available for download in PDF format from our website. A paper copy can also be sent on request if
It is also possible to sign up for an emailing list we have set up specifically for people interested in in this particular course. We will use this list to circulate information about the
course as it develops. If you would like to subscribe (only occasional emails will be sent) please click here and choose
the appropriate list.
We are aiming to run the first module in e arly 2007 and in the meantime we would be very interested to hear from you if you have any comments or suggestions regarding the course as it is
proposed. Details of how to get in touch are included in the factsheet.
We are very much looking forward to the launch of this brand new course. It will represent a unique training opportunity for those working in planning support and we hope that it will be
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