One thing seems to be a constant in the world of planning, and that is change. Thats why it makes sense to stay in touch. If there is one single thing we recommend to everyone we meet, it is to sign up for our bulletin. It's not another news feed - it's how we announce what we are up to including new events, toolkits and ways we can help you.
The Planning Advisory Service bulletin
Sensible people do not volunteer to get more email. But 8,000 people including planners from every planning authority in England subscribe to our bulletin to hear about:
- events, training and offers of support from PAS
- links to all our new useful material and downloads that help you do your job
- popular discussion forums and blogs
Our forum is hosted on a partner organisation called the KHub, along with many other groups both open and closed. Our one tip for getting the most from the forum is to set up what they call a "subscription" which is a daily digest of activity. We run separate groups for plan-making, DM and enforcement as well as some geekier groups for housing statistics and performance. When we don't know the answer to something, this is where we go for answers.
We also maintain an off-site and unofficial blog for when we want to let off some steam or share our emerging thoughts. It's been going since 2011, but we're not the most avid bloggers. You will notice there are some themes we keep returning to - most commonly management and purpose. We like it when we have "guest posters" so if there is something you'd like to get off your chest let us know.