ENews Issue - 07 September 2018

September 2018 ENews

How to deliver quality residential schemes: a NEW workshop for Councillors

TRA recently collaborated with Hyas Associates to develop a brand new series of training sessions, looking at a range of issues relating to the planning and delivery process for housing and large schemes. Amongst these is How to deliver quality residential schemes - a half-day workshop aimed specifically at Councillors who want to better understand how to deliver quality residential environments.


Fontmell Magna Neighbourhood Plan recommended for referendum

The examination of the Fontmell Magna Neighbourhood Plan, submitted to TRA by North Dorset District Council, was completed in August. Examiner David Kaiserman concluded that, subject to a number of modifications, the Plan meets the "basic conditions" and other legal tests required. He therefore recommended that the Plan should proceed to a Referendum once modified.


Planning Jobs Board - current vacancies

Here is our pick of the current vacancies on our Planning Jobs Board - with closing dates in September and early October.


Urban design skills and their importance in the planning delivery process

In the revised NPPF the government describes the creation of high quality buildings and places as “fundamental to what the planning and development process should achieve”. Good design is described as a “key aspect of sustainable development”. However, a report published in late 2017 described urban design skills and capacity in local authorities as “woefully low and declining”. Whilst many Councils are unlikely to be able to afford to buy-in specialist design skills, providing training for existing staff could help to bridge this gap.


Workshops in Glasgow in November - reserve your places now!

The 2018-19 Training Workshop Programme for Scotland continues in November with 3 workshops (including 1 brand new one) taking place at The Novotel Hotel in Glasgow on 13 November 2018. Places are still available on all these events: "Advertisement Control", "Effective Planning Appeals" and "Presentation Skills for Planners (NEW)", however prompt booking is recommended.