Upcoming Events

We run event series that are focussed on developing the skills you need to be a better planner or councillor involved in planning. Please keep revisiting this page for updates on current events.

PAS Local Plan Route Mapper & Toolkit Introductory Workshop 

18th November, London.

Following the launch of the NEW PAS Local Plan Route Mapper & Toolkit, we are delivering a free introduction and training day for planning officer on using the toolkit on Monday 18th November in London.

The Local Plan Route Mapper gives practical help to users to undertake a local plan review, to project plan and manage the update of a local plan and carry out a local plan update and is supplemented by a local plan making Toolkit which can be use over the plan making process to check that the plan is progressing correctly and challenge the draft plan ready for examination, replacing the PAS Local Plan Soundness and Legal Compliance Checklists.

The Route Mapper & Toolkit is freely available and is designed for LPAs to use themselves but we can work with local authorities to use it as a “critical friend” or advisor from our team of experienced local authority peers or our team of consultants. 


The workshop will work through the Route Mapper & Toolkit giving practical advice on its use and the challenges of reviewing and updating local plans.


Please note, due to limited places, we are only able to allow one representative per authority to attend this session. If your authority books multiple places we will cancel any additional bookings. 


How to run a good planning committee

Warwick : Thursday 19th and Friday 20th March 2020

For Planning committee chairs and vice-chairs.

A council's planning committee is a very public window into a council's decision making processes. The outcomes from the committee are seen in the developments that are delivered through the decisions made. The aim of the planning committee must be for the public that engage in this complex and often controversial process to be satisfied with and clear about the decision making process, if not always the outcome.

Chairing a committee, and all the preparation and lead-in required for good decision making can be challenging. The course will focus on good quality decision making at planning committee and how a good planning committee is run. Attendees will be able to compare how their committee operates with other authorities and share ideas with other councillors.

The cost of the course £250 per person which includes all meals and an overnight stay. 

To find out more or to book a place on this course please contact grace.collins@local.gov.uk