Planning committee peer review

Running a good planning committee is a challenge, but most chairs of committee just do the best job they can following the pattern established by their predecessor. Like any important council function, it should be periodically reviewed to ensure that it is an excellent 'shop window' for the council. We believe the best people to challenge a committee are fellow councillors and senior officers who can provide an external perspective.


We use peers to provide this support, and we will try to match councils with suitable and local people. This is not always possible - ask to see if we have peers in your region. We may also ask your head of planning and committee chair to join up as peers after you have been through this process so you can visit other committees, offer them your perspective and learn about other ways of organising a committee too.

Support offer

  • Scoping conversations to clarify objectives
  • Committee visit
  • Following day interviews with committee chair and head of planning + Q&A
Our normal approach will reflect on
  • The purpose of the committee
  • The format and process
  • The 'customer experience'
  • Roles & responsibilities
  • Quality and improvement
 

Following the session, PAS will provide a very short report with the key recommendations for the benefit of the whole committee. A sample report is here:

 

The amount of preparation required is minimal for councils. The cost of this support varies depending on the sort of review you want and who we get to support the work. If you might be interested get in touch and we can see if we can help. pas@local.gov.uk