ENews Issue - 21 December 2009

ENews - December 2009

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In this issue:

  • Looking forward to 2010
  • New Councillor training roadshow
  • Early Christmas present for TRA's Chris Weetman
  • Recent in-house training for County Groups
  • Christmas opening times
  • Deadline approaching for Support Staff bursary applications
  • Jed Griffiths re-elected to RTPI General Assembly
  • Madingley News




Looking forward to 2010 - 21/12/09

As TRA's 25th Anniversary Year draws to a close, our thoughts are turning to the coming year. Admittedly, 2009 hasn't been the best year for many people and things are tough out there, especially in local government. But we are looking forward to what we can achieve, and especially what we can help our clients to achieve, in 2010.

It's when times are hard and resources are scarce, that you really need to make the most of the resources you do have. We are in the business of supporting the planning service and through training and procedural/organisational consultancy we can help you make the most effective use of your own time and that of your colleagues, bring out the potential of people already working in your organisation, and help you perform better through more efficient processes and procedures.

If you think we can assist in any way during 2010 please feel free to get in touch. Many of our services can be tailored to suit individual clients so it is definitely worth finding out whether TRA can meet your needs.

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New Councillor training roadshow - 21/12/09

As the UK's leading provider of practitioner-presented training for Councillors involved/interested in planning, TRA has trained Councillors from over 180 authorities across England, Scotland and Wales, with consistently positive feedback.

Our Councillor training is normally only delivered on an in-house basis for individual authorities but for 2010 we are introducing an inter-authority "roadshow" during the post-election period. Our two most popular one-day workshops, "A Briefing on Planning for Councillors" and "The Role of Councillors in Planning: propriety and good practice" are taking to the road and will be run at a number of venues across England. Dates are currently being finalised but are likely to be in late May, June and early July.

Both workshops provide an excellent starting point for Councillors who are new to Planning/DC Committee or who have some experience but have not received any formal training before. By offering the workshops on an inter-authority basis like this, we are hoping to make it easier and more affordable for those authorities who only need to provide training for a few members, rather than the whole Committee.

Dates and venues will be announced shortly on our website and via ENews. If you would like to be notified directly as soon as these are available, please email your contact details to promotion@tra-ltd.co.uk.

Please note that these workshops will be offered in addition to our usual "in-house" service which will be available as normal for those wishing to train larger groups of Councillors.

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Early Christmas present for TRA's Chris Weetman - 18/12/09

We are delighted to announce the arrival of a baby boy for TRA's Principal Planning & Management Consultant, Chris Weetman and his wife Sharon.

Jamie John was born on 11 December, weighing 7lb 15oz. All the family is reported to be doing well and everyone at TRA sends their best wishes.

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Recent in-house training for County Groups - 18/12/09

As part of ongoing programmes of training for the two groups, TRA has recently developed and delivered a number of bespoke workshops for the Kent Planning Officers Group (KPOG) and Hereford & Worcester County & District Planning Officers Group (CADPOG) on a range of topics including:

  • Adapting to climate change through LDFs
  • Applying eco-town principles to major developments
  • Planning for gypsies and travellers
  • Implications of the Community Infrastructure Levy
  • Bringing together a prosecution.

Feedback from the sessions has been extremely positive:

"Well delivered and a thorough exploration of the subject". Katherine Dove, Kent CC

"Very clear presentation and at just the right pace". Julian Dipper, Kent CC

"Absolutely excellent, thorough, clear and knowledgeable approach". Keith Grimley, Shepway DC.

"Was really good, very well presented, kept my full attention throughout". Steven Aldridge, Worcestershire County Council.

"A very informative workshop which has provided me with a useful level of knowledge about the topic area". Simon Rees, Wychavon DC.

Running courses jointly with neighbouring authorities, either through an existing network like this or just informally, can be the most cost-effective way of providing the training you need. If you would like further information on any of the workshops mentioned above, or would like to discuss the options for organising in-house training in your area, please feel free to contact Angela Holmes without obligation.

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Christmas opening times - 18/12/09

For those of you not lucky enough to be taking a long holiday over Christmas and New Year, rest assured that you won't be the only people working!

If you need to contact TRA over the holiday period, please note that although the TRA office will be closed on Christmas Eve we will be open between Christmas and New Year (29-31 December).

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Deadline approaching for Support Staff bursary applications - 11/12/09

Don't forget that the closing date for applications for one of TRA's 2010 training bursaries for planning support staff is Thursday 31 December 2009.

Full details of the bursary scheme, including an application form are available on our website. There are 20 free places on TRA events up for grabs and to be awarded a place you must must be:

  • working in a planning support role
  • a member of the Planning Admin Network (PAN), and
  • able to demonstrate, through a brief Application Statement, how attending your chosen event would assist you in your career.

We have already received lots of good quality applications but there's still time to submit an entry, so don't delay - apply today!

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Jed Griffiths re-elected to RTPI General Assembly - 11/12/09

TRA Senior Associate, Jed Griffiths, has recently been re-elected to the General Assembly of the Royal Town Planning Institute for 2010-11. The General Assembly provides a forum for debate about the development of planning policy and practice and is also responsible for the RTPI's corporate policy.

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Madingley News - 09/12/09

This section of ENews is a way for people who have taken part in TRA's Certificated Courses to keep in contact with us and each other. We are keen to keep in touch so please let Shelagh at TRA know if you have any news.

Congratulations to Christine James from North West Leicestershire DC who has now completed her MSc at Sheffield. She received a pass with merit, only narrowly missing out on a distinction. She received 80% in the planning law exam, much of which she puts down to her learning with TRA and Tutor Vivien Green's teaching! Christine was awarded the Certificate in Planning Enforcement in 2004.

For many of our Madingley students, the presentation of an assignment to the rest of the group is usually one of their least favourite parts of the certificated course. But we can confirm that all that practice in front of your peers can have its uses and pay-offs. At the National Association for Planning Enforcement (NAPE) Conference held in November, former Madingley students and certificate holders Tim Turner and Steve Robshaw gave workshop presentations on County Matters and Gypsies respectively. The final plenary session, to around 100 people, was given by another certficate holder, Aida McManus. Aida is now practising as a Planning Consultant specialising in Section 106 Agreements.

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