elected members

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PAS promotes education for all in the planning process, to encourage community engagement in creating positive places. With over 20 years of experience, the expertise of our staff and volunteers inspires and empowers people across Scotland.

PAS offers specialist training for elected members to assist their role as decision-makers and facilitators in the planning system. While it will be particularly relevant to those on planning committees, it will also be of interest to other elected members who discuss planning issues with their constituents.

Through both presentations and interactive workshops, including time for structured discussion, the training covers:

  • Planning – the underlying principles
  • Development Plans and relevant national and strategic guidance
  • Development management and reaching planning decisions within a committee structure
  • Engaging with stakeholders (including the Councillors’ Code of Conduct and community engagement)

This can be delivered as a stand-alone event or as a series of workshops.

PAS training is delivered by senior professional planners (MRTPI) who fully understand the specialist requirements of elected members. We can deliver training where you are on weekdays or Saturdays.

As part of our training we offer independent and impartial advice as well as continued aftercare and support after each event through our advice service.

If you would like to arrange a PAS Elected Member training event please call David McAllister on 0131 659 9775 or e-mail us at

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