The latest news from PAS


Latest news

Biodiversity Net Gain and Nature Recovery

Autumn 2022

We are running a series of workshops for local authorities with a focus on biodiversity net gain and nature recovery in October and November 2022. Sign up or register your interest by following the Eventbrite links on our event page. We will record the events and share slides and recordings after the events. We also have BNG and Nature Recovery webpages with lots of recently added information for local authorities.

PAS Heads of Planning and Rising Stars Conference

14th-15th July 2022

Presentations from our 2022 conference sessions are now available for people to access. Members of the PAS Team have also produced thoughts and outputs from some of the sessions, with additional information and resources: The PAS DM Challenge ToolkitPlanning for a Better EnvironmentDigital innovation in planningCan planners help to save our town centres? and Storytelling for planners - shaping the narrative.

Levelling-Up and Regeneration Bill

27th May 2022

We have put together some FAQs on the LURB. We're also intending to run some events later in the year. 

Nutrient 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've held a series of workshops and have a new updated web page. 

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

S1, Ep6 - Oct 2022 - Councillor's role in Decision Making

In this episode Anna is in conversation with Adele Morris, former LibDem councillor at London Borough of Southwark. Adele is a former LGA Board member and has worked extensively with PAS for many years. Anna and Adele discuss the councillor role in decision making including how to build good relationships between members and officers, communication &  engagement, positive involvement in pre-app, and how to build trust in the process for all concerned. 

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.  

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