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Communities are at the heart of everything PAS does and we aim to provide the skills, knowledge and tools to allow everyone to have their say in the future of their places.

There has been a move across Scotland in recent years towards a much more community-led approach to planning and placemaking and our work reflects and complements this.

From our advice service to specialist training (including community council training) and community visioning (Charretteplus®) we are able to work with communities, including seldom heard groups, to help them realise their aspirations for their area in the way best suited to them.

PAS Development Plan training explains what statutory planning is and how to make effective representations.

SP=EED® is our free guide to effective community engagement in planning and offers a practical framework for carrying out engagement projects. SP=EED® Verification is our two-part programme which verifies competence in using the SP=EED approach and develops the “softer skills” required for effective community engagement.

The PAS advice service and information sheets are also available and are a useful guide for anybody who is involved with the planning system.

PAS was commissioned in 2014 by The Scottish Government to produce a series of guides aimed at creating better engagement of Gypsy/Travellers within the Scottish planning system. Full details and the guides can be viewed at this link.

Your community group may wish to apply to external funds to finance potential community activity. PAS can offer support and the opportunity for joint partnership working within your bid.

Please contact David McAllister (; Tel: 0131 659 9775) or Julia Frost (; Tel: 0131 659 9772).

Some potential sources of community funding include: Coalfields Community Investment Programme, Comic Relief Local Communities Programme, The Weir Charitable Trust, Awards for All – Big Lottery Fund, Foundation Scotland and The Tudor Trust.