ENews Issue - 31 August 2009

ENews - August 2009

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:

  • Effective Planning Enforcement and Compliance - workshop for Councillors
  • Don't miss out on latest Planning Support conference
  • TRA sponsors Young Planners' Conference
  • Brand new Forum on Planning Policy
  • E-publicity: we need your help
  • Planning Admin Network launches News section
  • Latest Enforcement Forum - details available for download




Effective Planning Enforcement and Compliance - workshop for Councillors - 30/08/09

Enforcement involves a lot of "grey areas" and can be particularly tricky and sensitive to handle, especially for Councillors. From our extensive experience of training Councillors involved in planning, we know that enforcement is an area in which many Councillors get involved and about which they are interested in learning more. TRA's specialist workshop, Effective Planning Enforcement and Compliance, is run over one and a half days and is aimed at Councillors who want to:

  • know more about planning enforcement in general
  • find out when and how to take effective enforcement action
  • find out how other authorities operate and compare notes with other Councillors involved in planning
  • know how to make effective use of their enforcement and compliance resources.

The workshop has been developed and will be delivered by Senior Associate, Vivien Green, who has been the main Course Tutor on TRA's certificated course in planning enforcement since 1996. It is running in Cambridge on Thursday 29 & Friday 30 October and the course fee includes dinner, bed and breakfast at the venue, Madingley Hall.

Further details can be found on our website, including a pdf leaflet/booking form to download. Places can be reserved provisionally by telephone or via our online booking facility and this is recommended if you cannot send a confirmed booking right away.

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Don't miss out on latest Planning Support conference - 29/08/09

TRA's latest Conference for Planning Support Staff is taking place in Manchester on 29 September and there are still places available if you would like to attend. Prompt booking is recommended at this stage. Full details can be found on our website, including a pdf leaflet/booking form to download. The venue for the event is ideally located in the centre of Manchester, just 5 minutes' walk from Piccadilly station.

Topics being covered include validation and how to make the process simpler, fairer and more transparent; essential advice from the Ombudsman; and how to enhance the customer's experience. Unlike many of their colleagues, planning support staff don't often get the chance to step outside of their own local authority, to network and learn from people undertaking similar jobs in other areas of the country. TRA's annual Conference provides the perfect opportunity to do just that, and at a very reasonable price too.

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TRA sponsors Young Planners' Conference - 28/08/09

TRA is pleased to be able to support this year's Young Planners' Conference as one of the event's sponsors. Organised by the RTPI Young Planners' Network, the conference will take place in Newcastle on 2/3 October 2009. The theme of the conference is "Participation in Planning: how positive stakeholder engagement can help create better places."

The two-day event will be attended by TRA's Principal Director, Penny O'Shea, and Principal Planning Consultant, Chris Weetman. If you're planning on attending the event and would like to know more about how TRA's training services can benefit you then please feel free to come and find us for a quick chat. We'd also be delighted to meet up with anyone who was awarded one of our Bursaries for Young Planners this year.

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Brand new Forum on Planning Policy - 26/08/09

Details have now been finalised for TRA's brand new Forum on Planning Policy which is to be held in London on 4 November 2009. The Forum is a new addition to our existing portfolio of popular Update/conference events already covering areas such as planning enforcement, planning agreements and planning support, and we are hoping that over time it will become established as the main gathering of its kind in England and Wales, as our existing Forums have done.

Subjects to be covered during this first Forum include:

  • an update on current Government thinking on planning policy issues and on proposed changes in view of the recent publication of a number of consultation documents
  • how planning policy should be both relevant and implementable when delivered through the Development Management regime
  • the issue of public consultation
  • the links between Community Planning and Development Plans
  • preparing DPDs in uncertain eceonomic times
  • examinations of DPDs - the lessons learned to date.

Further details of the Forum and a booking form are available on the website for those interested in attending this event.

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E-publicity: we need your help - 25/08/09

Reducing the amount of publicity we send out by post is a key objective in our Environmental Management System and to achieve this we need all our mailing contacts to agree to receive our publicity via email. Most of our contacts are now signed up for e-publicity but there are still a few of you out there receiving postal mailshots.

If you are still receiving our mailshots by post, we would strongly urge you to sign-up for e-publicity now. The easiest way to do this is to complete our mailing list sign-up form. The sign-up form also gives you the opportunity to choose the broad topic areas you are interested in. It will only take a few moments and, as well as saving valuable resources, it will also mean that you'll receive our information direct to your inbox, rather than waiting for it to be circulated around the office. Your help with this would be very much appreciated.

If you do not currently receive our publicity and would like to do so you can use the same form to sign-up. We won't bombard you with emails and we will not pass on your information to anyone else. Details of our privacy policy are on the sign-up form.

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Planning Admin Network launches News section - 13/08/09

We are delighted to announce that the brand new News Section is now operational on the Planning Admin Network (PAN) website. You can view the first issue of PAN News online now.

PAN is a network co-ordinated by TRA and open to anyone working in, or simply interested in, planning administration in England, Scotland and Wales, in either the public or private sector. Membership is free and registration is quick and easy (you only need to provide your email address and preferred username and password). Join PAN now.

The PAN News section will be accessible to everyone for the next couple of months after which time you will need to be a member to view it. Members can also get involved in the PAN Discussion Forum, where they can post any queries or concerns and get help and feedback from other practitioners facing similar issues and, where appropriate, from members of the TRA team, headed by Senior Associate Vivien Green.

P.S. If you are a member of PAN but have recently moved authority or are now working in one of the new restructured authorities you will need to update your email address details on PAN (your username and password should still work fine). To do this you will need to go into the Discussion Forum and then go to the User Control Panel (User CP) on the top left to review/edit all your details.

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Latest Enforcement Forum - details available for download - 12/08/09

As promised at the end of July, full details of TRA's next Enforcement Forum, taking place on 27 October in Warrington, are now available. Visit the website or download our pdf leaflet/booking form now. Early booking is recommended for this popular event.

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