ENews Issue - 15 January 2018

January 2018 ENews

Wigan MBC provides training to help investment in their town's heritage

After securing funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Wigan MBC recently commissioned TRA to prepare a training session to assist in creating a Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) for an area of the town. The session was for the benefit of local authority staff and developers, to help promote investment in older buildings and encourage their re-use, e.g. benefits, problems and issues, how to overcome, finding the best and most viable uses etc.


​2017-18 Programme to close with two workshops in London

The 2017-18 Training Workshop Programme will come to an end with two workshops taking place at The Wesley in London on 1 March 2018. Both workshops - Supporting the Processing of Planning Applications: from receipt to appeals and Negotiation Skills: the key to achieving planning goals and objectives are well-established mainstays in our training portfolio and have been very well attended in the past. However they will be rested from the 2018-19 programme currently being developed, to make way for new workshops, so don't miss out on this chance to attend.


​Planning Jobs Board - current vacancies

Here is our pick of the current vacancies on our Planning Jobs Board - with closing dates in January.


​Brand new workshop on delivering large sites

As part of our 2018-19 workshop programme TRA is introducing a brand new workshop for those involved in the planning and delivery of strategic sites. An Introduction to Delivering Large Sites will explore the delivery process for large sites, from the importance of formulating a robust policy through to Section 106 techniques for ensuring infrastructure is provided. It will be useful for anyone involved in the planning process for large schemes including both Policy and Development Management officers.


St Albans Councillors learn about issues around planning enforcement

Effective enforcement is essential in order to maintain the integrity of an authority's plan-making and decision taking processes. It is with this in mind that St Albans contacted TRA to prepare and deliver a short in-house workshop for their Members.


Certificated enforcement course embraces distance learning

To better reflect modern training practices and to make the course more accessible to students we recently made some changes to the format of our Certificated Course in Planning Enforcement. Crucially, we have introduced distance learning elements which are undertaken via TRA's own online Learning Portal. The 21st century has arrived at TRA! We're delighted to say that the Learning Portal has been well received by the first batch of 20 students.