ENews Issue - 10 May 2018


May 2018 ENews


Malvern Hills Councillors learn the importance of planning for Green Infrastructure

Malvern Hills District Council recently commissioned TRA to develop and deliver a bespoke half-day workshop for the benefit of their elected members on Green Infrastructure. This workshop covered key aspects of Green Infrastructure at a strategic and a local level giving members an insight into this increasingly important aspect of planning and development. Touching on design issues, impacts on viability and cost-effective multi-functional solutions, the workshop provided examples and case studies to illustrate the opportunities to integrate Green Infrastructure into new development to support health and wellbeing, quality of place and boost natural capital.

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Latest Neighbourhood Plan exams completed by TRA Examiners

TRA Examiners completed two further Neighbourhood Plan Examinations in April: one for South Somerset DC and the other for North Dorset DC.

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Workshops coming up in the 2018-19 Training Programme

Since the recent launch of our new Training Workshop Programme for 2018-19, bookings have been going very well and some of the earlier workshops are now almost fully booked. Looking ahead, we have several workshops coming up later in the year still with availability, including three due to take place in Manchester on 6 November, covering a range of different topics including A Beginner's Guide to Processing Planning Applications, Planning Conditions and Viability.

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The end of an era for TRA's certificated enforcement course

After more than two decades of hard work and commitment Vivien Green has now stepped down as main Course Tutor for TRA's Certificated Course in Planning Enforcement. But fear not Vivien fans....

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Newcastle planners polish up their presenting skills

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 was recently commissioned to deliver an in-house training workshop on behalf of Newcastle Upon Tyne City Council, entitled Presentation Skills for Planners.

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​Planning Jobs Board - current vacancies

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

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