PAS – from the origins of Planning Aid for Scotland – underwent a rebrand in 2014. The broadening of our activities no longer matched the narrowness of our name so we decided to change it to reflect the wider range of services we now provide. This includes everything from a free planning advice and mentoring service, to tailored training and public engagement events catering for members of the public, planning professionals, local authorities / public bodies, elected members, community groups, young people, volunteers, and for those simply interested in how planning is shaping their environment.
Impartiality is key to our ability to deliver our services. We do not advocate for or against plans or proposals, rather we enable people to become involved in plans for their local community from the earliest opportunity. No other public service in Scotland allows for as much public input into the planning system – and not everybody is aware of the extent to which they can influence decisions about their local environment, particularly young people. PAS provides people with the skills and information to engage positively with planning.
PAS’s services are delivered by a combination of staff, associates, and a large volunteer network of more than 400 built environment professionals, including planners, architects, landscape architects and legal experts. Our personnel offer not only their time but share their professional skills in order to enable people to engage proactively with the planning system.
Volunteering is at the heart of what we do and we make considerable investment in our volunteers, but in return they add unique value to our products and services, something widely appreciated by our clients and partners.
Board Members 2016-2017
- Irene Beautyman (Chair)
Planning for Place Programme Manager, Improvement Service. Facilitator, Spark Solutions
- Nick Allan
Director, Nick Allan & Associates
- Ian Angus
- Graham Birse
Director, Edinburgh Institute of Leadership and Management Practice, Edinburgh Napier University
- Graham Marchbank
Chartered Town Planner
- Nikola Miller
Principal Planning Advisor, Homes for Scotland
- Iram Mohammed
East Dunbartonshire Council, Major Assets Project Team
- David Stewart
Policy Lead, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
- Michaela Sullivan
Group Land Manager, Cala Group Ltd
- Simon Watkins
Clerk Team Leader Welfare Reform Committee, The Scottish Parliament