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The TRA Planning Jobs Board celebrated it's first birthday earlier this month and we are very pleased with the response received so far. We posted 470 job adverts during the year covering a good mix of roles across development management and enforcement, planning policy and planning support.
Advertising on our Jobs Board is entirely free to local authorities handling their own recruitment (unfortunately we can't offer it to recruitment agencies). 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 to email@example.com. 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. Here are some of the current vacancies being advertised, with closing dates in November:
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 (most application forms ask this question).Back to top
After another successful year, TRA's Training Workshop Programme for England/Wales will come to a close with the final four workshops taking place during November. One of the workshops - 'Use of Conditions: necessary, precise and enforceable', which is brand new for 2015, is already fully booked and has been for some time. However, there are places still remaining on the other three workshops :
Further details for each workshop and booking forms can be found on the TRA website via the above links. If you are unable to make a firm booking straight away, places can be reserved provisionally either over the phone or via the provisional bookings page on the website. There is still time to take advantage of our popular block booking system to receive up to 15% discount when booking 2 or more places at the same time over any of these events.Back to top
We recently launched the new TRA Twitter feed @TRA_Limited and we'd love you to follow us - and encourage your colleagues to do the same. You'll be able to keep up-to-date with regular TRA news, behind the scenes info and special offers.
So why not follow us now on Twitter @TRA_Limited or just use the Follow Us link at the top right of our website.Back to top
Planners, and particularly middle-tier managers, often find themselves thrust into the spotlight by having to make presentations to Planning Committees, Area Committees, pressure groups, other stakeholders etc. These presentations often represent "make or break" occasions and how they go can have a significant impact on the quality of the outcome being sought. However, it is still unusual to find that those presenting have had any formal training in presentation skills.
It is with this in mind that TRA were recently commissioned to deliver an in-house training workshop on behalf of Surrey County Council on Presentation Skills for Planners.
This interactive workshop helped to raise participants' awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses and provided some tried and tested tips and techniques to help them get their message across.
The session was developed and delivered by TRA Presenter, Chris Weetman, and the feedback from the participants was excellent:
If you would like to receive more information on this course, such as an outline programme, then please contact Angela Holmes who can provide you with a detailed quotation.
Please remember that the prices we quote are 'all-in' so there are no hidden extras and our clients are aware from the outset what they can expect to pay at the invoicing stage.Back to top
TRA's long-standing annual Forum on Enforcement was well attended again this year with delegates from England, Wales and Scotland travelling to Manchester for the event. Feedback from delegates who took part in the event on 1 October was positive:
For those of you who were not able to attend this time, here's what you missed ...
The opening plenary session was delivered by Izindi Visagie, Solicitor and founder of Ivy Legal. Izindi gave an enthusiastic update on a number of key changes to primary and secondary legislation, a run through of a raft of recent decisions of the Courts with relevance to enforcement, and finished up with an explanation of how the Planning Enforcement Fund is administered. She also provided chocolate! Izindi's session was well received, and spot on for those of us who don't seem to be able to find the time to read the Journal of Planning and Environmental Law every month!
Three focused parallel sessions followed, with everyone able to attend two:
To end the day Vivien Green, TRA Senior Associate, delivered an updated version of Trevor Roberts' 2006 presentation 'Stop Wasting Your Time!' She looked at the important difference between being 'efficient' and 'effective' (definitely not the same thing), and how crucial it is for limited enforcement resources to be deployed 'on target'. Her input was particularly topical given that the Chancellor has asked all departments to produce budgets for cuts of up to 40%.
The event was chaired by Jonathan Cawley, Director of Planning and Cultural Heritage at the Snowdonia National Park Authority. In his introduction Jonathan stressed the importance of enforcement (or compliance as it is in Snowdonia) to the delivery of the Park Authority's planning function, and stressed how important it is to be 'pro-active', as opposed to purely 'reactive'.
As always, we would welcome any ideas for improving the Forum in terms of format, subject matter etc. You can email any suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you could 'tweet' your thoughts to us at @TRA_Limited. The date for the 2016 Forum will be announced shortly.Back to top
The latest neighbourhood plan submitted to TRA for examination is the Turners Hill Neighbourhood Plan. The plan was submitted by Mid Sussex District Council at the end of August and has been allocated to Examiner Brian Dodd.
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
TRA is the UK's leading provider of practitioner-presented training for Councillors involved in planning and has trained Councillors in more than 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.
For more general training on the planning system, we are also still able to offer our most popular one-day workshops:
More details on the above training workshops can be seen on our website in the Councillors Training section.
If you would like 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 outset.Back to top
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