ENews Issue - 19 December 2005

ENews - December 2005

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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We would like to wish all our clients, Presenters, Associates and business contacts of all kinds a very Merry Christmas and a happy and successful New Year. We are grateful for all the support we have received during the year and look forward to keeping in touch with you all during 2006.

Please note that the TRA office will be closed on Friday 23, Monday 26, and Tuesday 27 December and Monday 2 January.


TRA's recent Councillor training assignments have included sessions for established clients Carrick District Council, Wear Valley District Council, Lincolnshire County Council and Scottish Borders Council.

Whilst our two main one-day workshops, A Briefing on Planning for Councillors and The Role of Councillors in Planning: probity and propriety issues, remain the most requested sessions, we are also able to provide training on a variety of other topics. For example, we recently delivered a one-day workshop for Eden District Council focusing on recent changes in planning policy and legislation and on the new development plan system/LDFs.

For details of all the options available please see the new and improved Councillor training sections of the website for England and Wales and for Scotland, which also include details of authorities where we have delivered training and feedback from those who have attended.


TRA has been developing Online Procedure Guides for local authority Development Control services for some time and this element of the business is now well established. Now, using the same online system, we are also able to produce Procedure Guides for Building Control. BC Procedure Guides are already operational in two local authorities and we would be pleased to hear from authorities who might be interested in this service.

A demonstration version of the BC Guide is available here to give an idea of its scope and content and further details can be found on the website (click here).


We are continually trying to improve our website, both in terms of its layout and by adding new features, in order to make it more informative and user-friendly for visitors.

We have recently introduced a clearer and more comprehensive left navigation panel and simplified some of the pages to help you find what you are looking for more easily. We are now including PDF versions of most of our booking forms which you can download and print off. In the future, we will also be including some of our leaflets and brochures for you to download.

We do hope that you find the TRA website a useful source of information. If you are not all that familiar with it yet you can browse it now using the navigation panel on the left of this newsletter, or save us in your favourites and come back later.


TRA's 2006 programme of workshops in Scotland has now been finalised and details will be circulated to our usual mailing contacts shortly. In the meantime, details are available on the website (click here).

The 2006 programme features a brand new workshop, The Basics of Planning, (not to be confused with our previous workshop, The Basics of Planning for Administrative Staff). The workshop, which is to be delivered by one of our most popular presenters Vivien Green, is designed as an introduction to the planning process for enforcement, administrative and technical staff in LPAs and support staff working in private practices. As well as looking at the key elements of the process: development control, enforcement and development planning, it will also provide participants with a va luable opportunity to meet and share experiences with colleagues from other authorities and other parts of the planning process. The workshop is running in Glasgow on 8 June.

Also new for 2006 is the venue for our Edinburgh events. Workshops will be held at the Radisson SAS Hotel which is conveniently located on the Royal Mile.

Our popular discounted block booking scheme continues in 2006, offering a 15% discount when you book six or more places at the same time (spread over any number of events).

The Scotland programme is extremely popular and early booking is advised. It is possible to reserve places provisionally by telephone or via the provisional booking facility on the website.


As part of our 2006 programme of workshops in England and Wales we have developed a brand new Introduction to Minerals and Waste Development Control workshop.

The workshop is suitable both for new graduates and newly qualified professional staff who have little experience, and for those who have moved into this area of development control from other fields.

The aim of the workshop is to equip participants with greater confidence by improving their awareness of the context in which they are working, by developing their skills and knowledge, and by providing opportunities to exchange experience about their roles.

The workshop will be presented by TRA's Planning Manager, Stewart Glassar and will run in Manchester on 23 March and in Bristol on 30 November.

A publicity leaflet with further details is av ailable from TRA.


Gateshead MBC is the latest authority to have an online DC Procedure Guide developed by TRA. The Guide, which was officially handed over to the authority at the end of November, was produced by a TRA team led by Senior Associate Sue Glover.

The preparation of an authority specific online Procedure Guide is a unique service developed by TRA. Guides are now operational in 17 local authorities and our teams are currently working on a further six.

Before each Guide is developed, all aspects of procedures and performance within the department are reviewed by TRA. This review is a vital element of the assignment as a whole and results in a substantial written report with justified conclusions and key recommendations for change. The implementation of these recommendations can have a significant impact on the quality, consistency and speed of development control performance, all of which are crucial concerns in the era of the Planning Delivery Grant.

Some basic information on this service is available on our website. It is also possible to view a demonstration version of the Procedure Guide. If you would like to explore things further please feel free to contact Penny O'Shea without obligation.


The 2006 programme of tree-related workshops organised by TRA on behalf of NATO (the National Association of Tree Officers) has now been launched.

Brochures are currently being circulated to our usual mailing contacts and details are available on our website (click here).

As well as repeats of many of the most popular topics, this latest programme features a brand new workshop on High Hedges. High Hedges: assessment of applications will be of benefit to all those who are likely to be involved in undertaking and/or instructing staff involved in High Hedges site assessments following applications from members of the public. The workshop will be running in London on 22 June and in York on 22 November.

Our popular discounted block booking scheme continues in 2 006, offering reduced prices if you book two or more places at the same time (spread over any number of events).

If you would like a copy of the 2006 NATO programme brochure or further details of any individual workshops please get in touch. Many of the workshops fill up very quickly so early booking is advised. It is possible to provisionally reserve places by telephone or via the provisional booking facility on the website.


Trevor Roberts Associates

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Bolton, BL1 2HB,

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