ENews Issue - 26 July 2016

ENews - July 2016

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:

  • Current vacancies on Planning Jobs Board
  • Look out for the new TRA website - coming soon
  • Certificated Training on Planning Enforcement: next modules booking up
  • Training workshops for communities looking to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan
  • Shillingstone Neighbourhood Plan submitted to TRA for examination
  • New workshop on Engaging with the Development Industry
  • Planning Enforcement - Oxford City Council brush up on the basics




Current vacancies on Planning Jobs Board

Here's our pick of the current vacancies on our Planning Jobs Board (with closing dates in late July and August):

  • Planning Manager (Policy) - Hinckley & Bosworth BC
  • Planning Manager (DM) - Hinckley & Bosworth BC
  • Planning Manager (Major Projects) - Hinckley & Bosworth BC
  • Enforcement Manager - South Bucks DC
  • Principal Planning Officer (DM) - Hinckley & Bosworth BC
  • Principal Planning Officer (Strategic Planning) - Hertfordshire CC
  • Principal Planning Officer (Minerals & Waste Policy) - Hertfordshire CC
  • Principal Planning Officer - Waverley BC (closing 1 August)
  • Principal Planning Officer - Reigate and Banstead BC
  • Various Planning opportunities - Shepway DC
  • Planning Policy Officer - Vale of White Horse DC (closing 28 July)
  • Planning Officer (Strategic Planning) - Hertfordshire CC
  • Community Infrastructure/Planning Officer - South Oxfordshire DC (closing 28 July)
  • Section 106 Officer - Guildford BC
  • Compliance Officer (Career Grade) - Lake District NPA
  • Enforcement and Development Management roles - Winchester City (closing 29 July)
  • Assistant Planning Officer (x2) - South Bucks DC
  • Graduate Planner (DM) - Lancaster City
  • Graduate Trainee Planner - Runnymede BC (closing 31 July)

Advertising on TRA's Jobs Board is entirely free to local authorities handling their own recruitment. 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.

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 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.

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).

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Look out for the new TRA website - coming soon

We are busy working on a brand new website at the moment. As well as making life easier for us with improved editing facilities and other back-end features it will include a number of improvements for you as visitors:

  • a fresh, more modern look
  • a fully responsive design that adapts automatically for those of you viewing the site on mobile devices
  • quicker site and page load times, and
  • a better internal search engine to make it easier to find what you are looking for on the site.

The website will hopefully be ready to go live in August but we will keep you updated via ENews.

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Certificated Training on Planning Enforcement: next modules booking up

The next two modules are due to begin in October as part of TRA's popular Certificated Programme in Planning Enforcement. The modules are part of a unique programme providing the opportunity for those involved in planning enforcement to undertake certificated training in order to achieve a formal qualification. There is currently 1 place still available on the module:

Planning Enforcement and Operational Development - 5-6 October and 16-17 November 2016

Operational Development is a significant "grey area" for planning enforcement. Completion of this particular module will give participants a thorough grasp of the policy, statutory, legal and practical issues involved and the procedural steps required to ensure that appropriate enforcement action can be taken and substantiated. The module will cover areas including the definition of operational development; legal aspects and case law; specific exemptions, development orders, permitted development; immunity; enforcement notices; listed building enforcement and prosecutions; and special tools eg Article 4 directions, revocation/modification, discontinuance and completion notices.

For each module, students are required to attend two two-day Tutorial Sessions (4 days in total - dates as listed above) at Madingley Hall in Cambridge, and complete project work based on their own work situation. Because of this, a certain level of commitment is required but ultimately the student will gain a systematic framework for their job, and invaluable knowledge and skills which can make real improvements to their day-to-day work, their own professional development, and also be of great benefit to their authority. Feedback from previous students has been very positive and some of their comments can be found on our website.

Further information on this module is available on the TRA website by clicking on the link above. Details of the programme as a whole including information on the other modules available, and downloadable booking forms are also available on the website.

The other module due to commence at the same time is

Key Principles of Planning and Enforcement - 3-4 October and 14-15 November 2016

Although not essential, we do recommend that most people wanting to join the programme should begin with Key Principles of Planning Enforcement, which is generally seen as the "introductory" module.

This module is provisionally fully booked at the moment but places may become available if some of the provisional students are unable to confirm. If you would like to register an interest in this module, please get in touch and we will add you to the waiting list in case a place subsequently becomes available.

If you have any questions relating to the modules (or the programme as a whole), please contact Shelagh Pooley on 01204 385678 or shelagh@tra-ltd.co.uk

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Training workshops for communities looking to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan

Localism - and particularly neighbourhood planning - is giving Parish Councils, community groups and community forums a greater say in how their areas are planned and developed. Nowhere is this more evident than in the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan.

Whilst support is available through a variety of sources when it comes to actually preparing a Neighbourhood Plan, it is vital that the people at the heart of the process understand from the very start how it all works so that they can get the most out of the process (and from those who are assisting them along the way). That way, they will be able to obtain the best results for their local community.

To assist, TRA offers two separate half-day training workshops specifically designed for community groups and Parish Councils who are keen to embark on the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan but may be unsure of what is involved and how the process works:

  • An Introduction to Neighbourhood Planning has been designed for those who would like to know more about the processes involved in preparing a Plan and what the system can and cannot deliver as a whole. The workshop provides an introduction to neighbourhood planning, the legislation and the key stages that need to be addressed during the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan. It will give those who attend a much more rounded understanding and appreciation of what neighbourhood planning involves.
  • Neighbourhood Plans: preparation and examination focuses on the detailed aspects of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan and specifically what is required in taking a Plan through the Examination process and on to a Referendum. The workshop explores how best to project manage the process and how to make the most of the available sources of help, including using consultants. It also looks to demystify some of the more complex aspects around testing the plan and offers a straightforward step-by-step exploration of what will happen, when it will happen and who will do it. It will help delegates to focus on what they will need to do in their own areas and the tasks and issues they will need to tackle in order to produce a successful Neighbourhood Plan.

The workshops can be delivered for individual community groups, forums or Parish Councils but they could also be commissioned by local planning authorities for the benefit of a group (or groups) within their area to help bring forward Neighbourhood Plans. Further information on the two workshops and how to arrange in-house training can be found on our website.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of organising one of these workshops please contact Angela Holmes for a no-obligation discussion.

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Shillingstone Neighbourhood Plan submitted to TRA for examination

The latest neighbourhood plan examination to be organised through TRA's Independent Examination Service is for the Shillingstone Neighbourhood Plan. The plan was submitted by North Dorset District Council earlier this month and Brian Dodd has been appointed as the Examiner.

Our Neighbourhood Plan examination service offers a competitive pricing structure and the excellent administrative backup and customer service for which TRA is well known. We can usually put forward a suggested Examiner (or Examiners) within a few days. If you would like to know more about the service please visit our Neighbourhood Plan Examination page.

If you are interested in receiving a quotation or have any additional questions you can contact Penny O'Shea on 01204 385678 or penny@tra-ltd.co.uk without obligation.

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New workshop on Engaging with the Development Industry

With growth and regeneration being promoted and house-building being central to the government's agenda, the role of the development industry continues to be vital and planning professionals will increasingly need to work in a proactive and collaborative way with developers.

Whilst regulation and traditional development plan and development management work will continue, planners will be expected to provide advice to developers as they plan and invest in their own sites and in the implementation of Council-led development programmes and local plan strategies.

To this end TRA are introducing a brand new workshop into this year's programme entitled 'Postive Engagement with the Development Industry', which will take place at The Wesley in London on 10 November 2016.

The workshop will focus on the importance of engaging positively and proactively with the development industry. Using a series of interactive case studies it explores the approaches that those working in development management within local authorities can adopt in order to achieve this important aspect of the wider planning process. As well as outlining the approach expected in the NPPF and what developers themselves expect from the planning system, the workshop will consider the role of LEPs and Strategic Economic Plans. It will explore the importance of pre-application discussions and the significance of sound decision making in general, and at Committee in particular. Strategic sites, project management and Planning Performance Agreements will also be covered.

Further information on the workshop and a booking form can be found on the website. If you are interested in attending but unable to send a firm booking straight away, provisional bookings are recommended and can be made by telephone on 01204 385678 or via our online provisional booking facility.

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Planning Enforcement - Oxford City Council brush up on the basics

TRA was recently commissioned to deliver its popular training workshop The Basics of Planning Enforcement at Oxford City Council.

The workshop is aimed at DM staff who are either directly or indirectly involved in enforcement work or who wish to have a contextual understanding of the system; as well as relatively new or less experienced enforcement staff.

It provides a clear guide to understanding the basics of the enforcement process whilst looking at practical steps to make enforcement more efficient and effective. The workshop helps participants to gain greater confidence, by improving their awareness of the context in which they are currently working.

The session was presented by TRA presenter, Vivien Green, and course feedback was excellent:

  • Very good and aimed well considering a mix of knowledge. Answered lots of questions and gave a lot of information in a short space of time. Sara Maylon
  • The training met all of my expectations. Jeff Mbariti
  • My expectations were exceed, learnt a lot. Such a wide and deep topic clearly explained. Fiona Bartholomew
  • Exceeded expectations. A very clear and knowledgeable presenter. Learnt a lot. N.Robinson.

If you are interested in running this session on an in-house basis, as Oxford did, then please feel free to contact Angela Holmes for more information, including an outline programme.

This is one of TRA's most popular training courses and other clients who have commissioned this session recently include Doncaster, South Gloucestershire and Cheshire West and Chester.

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Email: mail@tra-ltd.co.uk

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