ENews Issue - 30 June 2015

ENews - June 2015

TRA ENews is the monthly newsletter of Trevor Roberts Associates. It provides information about TRA generally, its staff and Associates, current and forthcoming events, new training courses and consultancy services etc.

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In this issue:

  • 2015 Forum on Enforcement - advance details
  • Latest vacancies on Planning Jobs Board
  • The planning process explained for Bracknell Forest's 'non-planners'
  • New workshop for LPAs dealing with Neighbourhood Plans
  • Training opportunities for those involved in Planning Enforcement
  • 'Planning Policy' matters for Fylde Borough Council Members




2015 Forum on Enforcement - advance details

Hot off the press, and just in time for June's ENews, is the line-up for this year's Forum on Enforcement. The detailed leaflet will be available very shortly but in the meantime here are details of the topics and speakers.

The day will begin with a Legal Update provided by Izindi Visagie, founder of Ivy Legal.

There will be three parallel sessions - from which participants can choose to attend two (am and pm):

  • Defining the Planning Unit - Andrew George, Enforcement Officer, South Downs National Park Authority
  • Keeping Planning Permissions Alive - Michael Hyde, MH Planning Associates and TRA Associate
  • Substantial Completion - what does it mean? - Jonathan Short, Planning Enforcement Officer, South Kesteven District Council.

The Forum will conclude with How to Stop Wasting Your Time (Revisited) presented by Vivien Green, Planning Consultant and TRA Senior Associate. A similar session was delivered by Trevor Roberts back in 2006 and Vivien will be providing an updated context for the key message that efficiency and effectiveness are not the same thing.

The day will be chaired by Jonathan Cawley, Director of Planning and Cultural Heritage at Snowdonia National Park Authority.

We will post the specific leaflet and booking form on our website asap but if you would like to book now you can do so using our general booking form or block booking form.

The Forum will take place in Manchester on 1 October 2015 and the standard cost per place is £190 plus VAT.

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Latest vacancies on Planning Jobs Board

Here are some of the current vacancies on our Planning Jobs Board (with closing dates in July and August):

  • Planning and Development Operations Manager - Ipswich BC
  • Business Manager - Guildford BC
  • Deputy Team Manager (Strategic Major Applications) - LB of Bromley
  • Senior/Principal Planner (Development Control) - LB of Bromley
  • Senior Planning Officer (Development Management) - Three Rivers DC
  • Senior Planning Officer - Chiltern DC
  • Temporary Part-time Senior Planning Officer - Ribble Valley BC
  • Senior Planning Officer (Planning Policy) - Three Rivers DC
  • Principal Planning Policy Officer - South Kesteven DC
  • Principal Planning Officer - Hart DC
  • Planner (Development Control) - LB of Bromley
  • Planning Officer (South Downs National Park) - Chichester DC
  • Planning Officer (CIL & Infrastructure) - Chichester DC
  • Planning Officer (Policy & Delivery) - Suffolk Coastal and Waveney DC
  • Planning Policy Officer - North Dorset DC
  • Planning Policy Officer (x2) - Nuneaton & Bedworth BC
  • Planning Policy Officer (Neighbourhood Plans) - South Kesteven DC
  • Temporary Assistant Planning Officer - Ribble Valley BC
  • Economic Development Officer - Nuneaton & Bedworth BC
  • Planning Enforcement Officer - St Helens Council
  • Planning Enforcement Officer - South Gloucestershire Council
  • Planning Assistant - Runnymede BC
  • Planning Technician (Enforcement) - Chiltern DC
  • Planning Assistant/Officer (Enforcement) - Runnymede BC
  • Planning Technician/Graduate Planner (Policy) - Malvern Hills DC

Advertising on our Jobs Board is entirely free to local authorities handling their own recruitment (unfortunately we can't offer it to recruitment agencies). We are keen to include planning roles of all types including those in planning support and planning enforcement. If you would like to advertise a vacancy 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 jobsboard@tra-ltd.co.uk. 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.

It is also free to search for those looking for a new opportunity. So if you are in the market for a new challenge, visit TRA's Planning Jobs Board regularly - it could change your life! And please - if you do apply for one of these vacancies we'd be really grateful if you could mention that you saw it on the TRA Planning Jobs Board.

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The planning process explained for Bracknell Forest's 'non-planners'

For many years TRA has specialised in providing training for those involved or interested in the planning process. This has included a number of sessions explaining the 'mysteries of the planning system' to people who may interact with it but who are not planners themselves. It is on this basis that we were commissioned to deliver a one-day workshop on behalf of Bracknell Forest Council entitled 'The Basics of Planning'.

The workshop covered the key elements of the planning process, dealing with planning applications, the scope of appeals and much more. It was delivered by popular TRA presenter, Vivien Green, and course feedback was very encouraging:

  • Covered a lot but was interesting and well delivered.
  • Met my expectations, in fact, it went into much more depth than I expected. Thank you!
  • Now I know the basic rules of planning applications/approvals/refusals/appeals and various officer's duties.
  • Relevant information which provides a wider appreciation of how the system works and links processes.
  • Very good. Well presented, interesting and very comprehensive. Good hand-outs provided so no need to take notes and could therefore concentrate on what the presenter was saying.
  • Very thorough - more content than expected.
  • It was a very good overview of the planning process.

If you would like to receive more information on the above workshop, or you are interested in running your own in-house session for 'non-planners' then please do not hesitate to contact Angela Holmes for a no-commitment discussion.

Please note that the prices we quote are 'all-in', so there are no hidden extras and you know exactly what you can expect to pay at invoicing stage from the outset.

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New workshop for LPAs dealing with Neighbourhood Plans

Engaging with Local Communities in Neighbourhood Plan Preparation is a brand new TRA workshop for 2015.

As neighbourhood planning becomes established as part of the plan-making environment, planning professionals will need to learn to work in different ways and draw on a wider range of skills to perform effectively in a new aspect of their role. They will be expected to provide advice and support to town and parish councils and community groups who are preparing neighbourhood plans (or interested in doing so) and this new training session looks at the range of issues they may be faced with.

It focuses on:

  • providing support to groups embarking on the preparation of a neighbourhood plan
  • resolving the traditional isues with which neighbourhood planning groups wrestle
  • establishing a context that will lead to a plan which meets the basic conditions
  • working with groups to ensure the collection of a proportionate evidence base
  • ensuring a proportionate environmental assessment that meets the basic conditions
  • providing assistance in preparing for examination
  • ensuring the full and proper implementation of the eventual plan through the DM process
  • retaining ongoing community engagement through a monitoring and review process.

Participants will gain an appreciation of what has worked well elsewhere and how best to apply it in their own areas and an understanding of the capacity and investment that will be required to engage effectively with community groups. Crucially, the workshop has been developed and will be delivered by a practitioner will significant experience of the neighbourhood planning agenda both within a local authority and as an Independent Examiner.

The event is running in London on 12 November 2015 and places can be booked now. Full details are on our website.

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Training opportunities for those involved in Planning Enforcement

TRA has long championed the vital role planning enforcement plays in maintaining an effective planning service across the UK. To this end we offer many training opportunities for local authority staff involved in Enforcement, from the annual Forum on Enforcement to the ever popular Certificated Training Programme for enforcement officers originally developed by TRA in conjunction with the University of Cambridge and, of course, our series of 1 day training workshops for England/Wales and Scotland.

The workshop programme is now entering its Summer Break while we soak up some sunshine (we hope), but will be back in September with a workshop for enforcement staff scheduled to run in both the England/Wales and Scotland Programmes:

  • Current Issues in Planning Enforcement: essential CPD update - Glasgow, 17 September 2015

    This workshop on enforcement is designed for anyone with an interest in planning enforcement; not just enforcement officers, but also development managers, planning officers and legal advisers who may get involved with enforcement issues from time to time. Each year, this unique and practical workshop takes a new look at some aspects of the legislative and policy frameworks as well as focusing on day-to-day enforcement practices and issues. It will provide an update on relevant case law to assist participants in building up their legal knowledge and, as always, an opportunity to discuss matters of general concern and to share working experiences. (As this workshop focuses on a different aspect of enforcement each year, participants can attend more than once as many people have done pre viously).
  • Enforcement of Listed Building Control - London, 24 September 2015

    This popular workshop will provide a valuable introduction or essential CPD for enforcement officers who investigate and deal with breaches of Listed Building Control and complements our existing workshops on the "Basics" and the "Core Elements" of Planning Enforcement. It is suitable for planning and conservation officers who may get drawn into dealing with breaches of listed building control, managers who may have to authorise taking enforcement action or lawyers who have to draft notices or consider prosecutions. The workshop will look at the legislative framework, the pros and cons of using particular procedures and current best practice. Topics covered during the day will include: what is listed, defining the curtilage, what constitutes a breach of listed building control, investigations and use of statutory notices t o obtain information, when to caution, using enforcement tools, appeals, whether to "prosecute (s9 and s43), what has to be proven/statutory defences and the use being made of POCA. Reference will be made throughout to relevant case law.

    There are now only a few places left on this workshop so prompt booking is recommended if you would like to attend.

Further details and booking forms are available on the TRA website via the above links. If you are interested in attending but unable to make a firm booking straight away, places can be reserved provisionally be telephoning 01204 385678 or via our online provisional booking facility.

Don't forget - discounts of between 10 and 15% are available to those booking 2 or more places at the same time (over any number of events) via our popular Block Booking scheme - details can be found on the TRA website.

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'Planning Policy' matters for Fylde Borough Council Members

In the aftermath of the May elections TRA has been extremely busy delivering 'introduction' and 'refresher' training to new and re-elected Members. In addition to the Briefing on Planning and The Role of Councillors in Planning sessions that TRA provided for Fylde Borough Council, we were also commissioned to prepare and deliver an additional session for their members, focusing on Planning Policy.

The aim of the workshop was to help Members understand the main issues in planning and how to tackle them through the interpretation and application of policy. It explained the various layers of policy, from the national to the local level. It referred to the National Planning Policy Framework, Local Plans, Neighbourhood Plans, and to the various bodies involved in the formulation of policies. The content was tailored to specific policy issues faced by the Council and reference was made throughout to their existing Local Plan, emerging Local Plan and other policy documents.

The workshop was developed and delivered by TRA Presenter, Jed Griffiths, and feedback from attendees was extremely positive:

  • Expanded on the knowledge I had so in fact acted as a good refresher; although new information about planning was given. Christine Akeroyd
  • Very clear and helpful especially with the "new" changes - some of our policies will need updating. Viv Wilder
  • Very informative and was put over in a nice and chatty way; nice to hear about other regions and their problems/solutions. Angela Jacques

This one-day session is now available to all clients exclusively on an in-house basis; so if you would like to receive more information, such as an outline programme, then please do not hesitate to contact Angela Holmes for a no-obligation quotation.

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Contact Information

Trevor Roberts Associates

1 Atlas House, St. Georges Square,

Bolton, BL1 2HB,

United Kingdom

Tel: (01204) 385678

Fax: (01204) 386376

Email: mail@tra-ltd.co.uk

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