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The latest neighbourhood plan submitted to TRA for examination is the Hough on the Hill Parish Neighbourhood Plan. The plan was submitted by South Kesteven District Council at the beginning of December and has been allocated to TRA Associate Colin Blundel for examination. Colin is also undertaking the examination of another plan in the same district (Stubton).
The Neighbourhood Plan Examination service from TRA offers a competitive pricing structure and the excellent administrative backup and customer service for which TRA is well known. If you would like to know more about the service please visit the Neighbourhood Plan Examination page of our website. If you are interested in receiving a quotation or have any additional questions you can contact Penny O'Shea on 01204 385678 or email@example.com without obligation.Back to top
The TRA Programmes of Professional Workshops are currently being finalised and will be posted on the website and circulated to our mailing contacts very soon.
If you would like to sign up to receive details you can subscribe to our mailing list here.
As always, the programmes feature many of our previously popular events, plus a selection of new topics being developed for 2015 which will include:
Our block booking system will remain in place for 2015 offering discounts of up to 15% for bookings of 2 or more places made at the same time - an excellent opportunity to sort out all your training needs for 2015 in one go and stretch the training budget that little bit further!Back to top
The TRA office will close at 5pm on Tuesday 23 December and re-open at 9am on Monday 5 January.Back to top
The response to our new Planning Jobs Board has been really encouraging with an average of 12 new vacancies being added each week. Vacancies so far have covered roles in development management, enforcement, planning policy, conservation and design, and planning support.
It is entirely free for authorities to advertise their vacancies and free to search for those looking for a new opportunity. We decided to set up the Jobs Board as an additional service for our public sector clients and as a way of encouraging more people to visit our website.
New vacancies are being added all the time but here's a taster of current vacancies (with closing dates in January):
So if you are looking for a new challenge, visit TRA's Planning Jobs Board regularly - it could change your life!
If, on the other hand, you would like to advertise a vacancy on our Jobs Board you can download our 1-page pdf which provides more information. Alternatively, you can simply send your text and the authority's logo (if you would like this to be included) to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Jobs Board is fully managed by TRA's staff in Bolton to ensure that the whole process of advertising is as quick and hassle-free as possible.Back to top
TRA knows that Administrative and Support Staff play a vital role in the delivery of the planning service and to be fully effective they need to be properly trained. Training budgets may be tight, but neglecting training often proves 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 both effectively and efficiently. TRA has specialised in providing training tailored to the needs of this key staff group for many years.
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.
Some recent workshops for support staff were delivered by TRA Senior Presenter, Vivien Green, at Woking, South Derbyshire and South Oxfordshire and participant feedback from all of the sessions was very positive:
Woking - Effective Validation
South Derbyshire - The Basics of Planning
South Oxfordshire - Permitted Development
A full list of the in-house workshops on offer for Support Staff can be viewed on our website, which also includes some feedback from previous participants. Please note that we are happy to consider designing bespoke sessions, or tailoring existing sessions to meet the needs of an individual client, so if you have any specific requirements please let us know.
If you do not have enough staff to make in-house training financially viable, you may want to consider joint in-house training, with staff from neighbouring authorities. Many of our clients now deliver training in this way, not only to maximise cost effectiveness but many find that their staff benefit immensely from being in an environment where they can share local knowledge and experience with staff from neighbouring authorities.
If you are interested in receiving a detailed no-obligation quotation for any of our support staff sessions, please do not hesitate to contact Angela Holmes.Back to top
Trevor Roberts Associates (TRA) is the UK's leading provider of practitioner-presented training for Councillors involved in planning and has trained Councillors in almost 240
local authorities throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
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. These sessions are delivered by our experienced team of presenters, all of whom are planning practitioners, as opposed to academics.
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. Some of the topics we currently offer include:
This is a small selection of the sessions that we can run exclusively on an in-house basis; 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 any of our in-house training workshops for Members, including an outline programme, then please do not hesitate to contact Angela Holmes for a no-obligation quotation. Please note that 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 invoicing stage from the outset.Back to top
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