The latest news from PAS

Latest news

Neutrient neutrality - more councils receive advice

16th March 2022

Another 40 councils have received advice from Natural England that at least some of their area is covered by "nutrient neutrality" advice. To help councils consider and respond we are holding a series of workshops and updating our web page

Biodiversity Net Gain and the Environment Bill – FAQs, presentations and resources including February 2022 biodiversity net gain consultation events

Spring 2022

We ran a series of events for planners and councillors to launch our Defra project in Summer 2021. The slideshows from these workshops are now available on our Biodiversity Net Gain page and our summary highlights what local authorities are doing now and what they need to get ready for mandatory biodiversity net gain. We have answered frequently asked questions with input from Natural England and Defra. We also have slides and recordings from our February 2022 events on Defra's biodiversity net gain consultation available.

PAS In Conversation... Anna Rose discusses the hot topics in planning today April 2022 

S1, Ep1 - April 2022

Anna’s conversation in this episode is with Hugh Ellis – Policy Director at the TCPA. Anna and Hugh discuss morale in the public sector - something that many report as being in serious decline, especially within planning departments. Anna and Hugh give their personal perspectives, how they feel about the state of the profession and where the light at the of tunnel is going to come from.

Future Proofing the Plan Making Process - Outputs from our latest Plan Making event series Feb 2022 

Feb 2022

PAS and planners discuss: what's like 'carrying on planning' right now? What are the reforms unlikely to change? What are the implications of 'pulling' the Local Plan?. Also tips for a smoother examination.  Future Proofing the Plan Making Process.

Development Management Challenge Toolkit - Updated guidance and practical health check toolkit 

August 2021

This latest version of the PAS Development Management Challenge Toolkit updates the original version that was prepared in 2015.  It aims to provide a ‘health check’ for Planning Authorities and act as a simple way to develop an action plan for improvements to their Development Management service.  

Planning for First Homes – Presentations and resources from our July 2021 event

August 2021

We recently held a workshop that focussed on the implementation of the First Homes policy and the requirements for planning that are set out in the Written Ministerial Statement and planning practice guidance. If you were unable to attend we have published on our events pages the presentations delivered by MHCLG, Bolsover District Council and PAS. This includes important details on transitional arrangements.   

Nutrient pollution and nutrient neutrality – Presentations and resources from our July 2021 events

July 2021

We held two events to examine the challenge of nutrient pollution, looking to how to manage nutrient neutrality and minimise the risk of this occurring around Natura 2000 sites. Information and presentations are available on the PAS past events page.

Improving the Governance of Developer Contributions – New guidance, toolkit and best practice

July 2021

In preparation of the planning reforms now is a good time to review how effective you are in your governance of developer contributions. To help we have published a guidance handbook on improving the governance of developer contributions which brings together practical learning from councils focussing on how the whole system should work to deliver necessary infrastructure. It also includes a self-assessment toolkit for councils. 

If you would like some dedicated support to help you carry out this assessment and develop a practical action plan of recommendations for your Council please do get in touch with us at as we may be able to help.

Effective use of planning conditions - A best practice guide to writing sound conditions

June 2021

All conditions need to meet the six tests set out in the NPPF to be acceptable. This best practice guidance gives tips on how to meet the six tests and other guidance on the good use of conditions, amending conditions and using informatives.

GDPR and Local Planning Authorities – Guidance on managing data in LPAs

June 2021

We have replaced our interim guide with a final version. It has been a bit of an epic journey but we are grateful to the many people and organisations who helped us make a guide to managing data in LPAs. It's unlikely to be too long before we have to pick it up again but for now its finished.  

Local Plan Gateway Review – Can we help you get your plan on track for 2023?

Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) are required to have an up-to-date local plan in place by the end of 2023 or face government sanction/intervention. The planning system is in the middle of substantial change and PAS has created a "Gateway Review" - to help LPAs weigh up the best options for getting their local plan 'to the line'.

Infrastructure Funding Statements - A step-by-step guide and sample template

December 2020

In December 2020 councils had to report for the first time on Section 106 contributions, and for those that charge the Community Infrastructure Levy the reporting requirements have changed slightly too. We have put together a step-by-step guide, sample template and even a video to help you understand what you must report and what you should report. 

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