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Earlier this month our Senior Associate, Vivien Green, was invited to give a presentation to the Southern Enforcement Officers' Group (SEOG) on the scope and potential issues relating to the use of new powers to deal with unauthorised advertisements.
After reminding delegates of their existing powers, Vivien went on to look in detail at the three new notices: Removal Notice (which covers both the structure and the advertisements); Action Notice (to remedy "persistent" fly-posting problems); and Defacement Notice (to remove or obliterate "signs" which are detrimental to amenity or offensive). These notices have been available to the 32 London Borough Councils and the City of London for some years under the London Local Authorities Act 1995 (as amended) but the Localism Act 2011 has now made them available to all English authorities.
Vivien's talk outlined the scope and content of each notice, how the rights of appeal to the Magistrates operate and the special provisions relating to Statutory Undertakers. She alerted delegates to the practice guidance already produced by the London authorities on defining and dealing with "persistent" advertisement problems and looked at other practice issues including how notices have to be served, powers of entry, and who actually are statutory undertakers (following privatisation and sell-offs).
Whilst dealing with advertisements may not be most LPA's highest priority, to deal with advertisement problems effectively it is necessary to understand this very complex area of law and practice. If you want to know more about the new powers and how to use them you can access Vivien's presentation. TRA also runs inter-authority workshops in England & Wales and Scotland and in-house workshops on understanding the Advertisement Regulations. Additionally, for anyone who wants to explore the enforcement of advertisement controls in more detail, there is a dedicated module on advertisements in TRA's Certificated Course in Planning Enforcement. (The module next runs in Jan/Mar 2013 and places are available).Back to top
The final batch of workshops in the 2012 Training Programme for Planning & Development Staff in England & Wales are coming up in November. A couple of the workshops are already fully booked, however there are still places remaining on the ones listed below, although prompt booking is recommended at this stage:
Further details and booking forms for each workshop can be found on the TRA website via the above links. If you are not in a position to make a firm booking straight away, places can be reserved provisionally by telephoning 01204 385678 or via the online provisional bookings page of our website.
It is still possible to take advantage of our popular discounted block booking scheme by booking 2 or more places (over any number of workshops) and receiving up to 15% discount. Further details of the scheme are on the TRA website.Back to top
TRA has been in business for almost 30 years and one of the keys to our success and longevity is the solid reputation we have built up. This reputation is based on the fact that we provide both quality services and value for money and it has grown over time thanks to the many clients who have felt comfortable in recommending us, allowing us to publish their feedback, or simply suggesting that colleagues take a look at what we offer. "Word of mouth" is extermely important to us.
Naturally, if you are able to recommend TRA from personal experience that is much appreciated. So if you attend one of our events, either at an external venue or in-house at your own organisation, and would be happy to share your thoughts about the course with others please do take the time to complete our evaluation slip and provide your name. This enables us to publish feedback that potential participants might find helpful.
But even if you haven't yet tried out our services for yourself but can see that they may be of interest to people you know, then there are still ways in which you can help spread the word:
Thanks for your help.Back to top
Since 2001 TRA has undertaken comprehensive reviews of the development management service in 35 LPAs (covering procedures, performance, management, organisation and resources). Whilst a full-scale review of this kind is still an option, a more focused review, looking at a particular element of the service in more detail, might be more helpful and appropriate for many authorities.
We have undertaken this kind of focused review for around 20 authorities and details are available on our website. The website includes a list of around a dozen specific aspects of planning and/or DM which we can focus on, although we are happy to consider others. The aspects we are most often asked to review and advise on are:
A PDF flier giving more information can be donwloaded from our website. If you would like to know more or to discuss how you think this service could help in your department please contact Penny O'Shea for a no-obligation discussion.Back to top
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) came into effect on 27th March 2012, repealing more than 1,000 pages of planning guidance and replacing it with a 59-page guidance document. There has been widespread concern about the introduction of the NPPF and much speculation about its effects on planning policy and decision-making at the local level.
In order to assist local authorities TRA has developed a half-day training session specifically aimed at Members. The session explores the relationship between the NPPF and other Government initiatives, including the Localism Act 2011, examining the presumption in favour of sustainable development and the implications of the NPPF.
The most recent session was delivered at Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council by one of TRA's Senior Associates, Jed Griffiths and feedback from the participants was very encouraging:
This session is available exclusively on an in-house basis so if you are interested in finding out more, for example seeing a copy of an outline programme, then please do not hesitate to contact Angela Holmes.
Please note that the prices we quote are inclusive of all of our fees, presenter's expenses and pre-course/course material; so the price that you are quoted at the outset is the price you can expect to pay at invoicing stage.
To see our full range of Councillor workshops, visit our Councillor webpage.Back to top
Congratulations to the most recent students to successfully complete TRA's Certificated Course in Planning Enforcement:
The latest four join the long list of students to be awarded the Certificate in Planning Enforcement since the programme was first set up in 1996 - there are now 134 graduates.
Congratulations also to Simon Taylor on successfully completing his Masters in Planning Policy and Practice at London South Bank University. Simon was awarded the Certificate in Planning Enforcement in July 2009 and says that Vivien Green's teaching of the syllabus inspired him to learn more about planning.
Full details of the 2013 modules in Planning Enforcement can be found on our website. For any questions regarding the programme please contact Shelagh Pooley by email or phone on 01204 385678.Back to top
TRA was recently commissioned to deliver a one-day workshop, hosted by Erewash Borough Council for their staff and neighbouring authorities, entitled Design in planning
applications: how to add value.
This very popular workshop is uniquely related to design issues at the scale of everyday development management. It focuses on the role of design in the development management process and aims to help planners to consider matters of design; to develop their knowledge and confidence; and to assist them when advising on, and intervening in, the design process.
Specific aims of the workshop were:
The session was delivered by TRA presenter, Dan Roberts, and feedback from the participants was very positive:
If you feel that your staff would benefit from running an in-house session on urban design matters (including the above-mentioned session) then please do not hesitate to contact Angela Holmes to discuss your requirements or to receive a detailed quotation.Back to top
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