local authorities and public bodies

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PAS offers a wide range of services aimed at local authorities and public bodies which can complement the work they are already undertaking.

This includes specialist training for elected members and community councils to assist them in their role as decision makers and statutory consultees (respectively) in the planning system. Although our elected member training is most relevant to those on planning committees, it may also be of interest to other elected members when discussing planning issues with their constituents.

We also run Development Plan engagement training, which explains what statutory planning is and looks at ways on which to make effective representations. We also assist Local Authorities to manage their entire Development Plan engagement process.

PAS is uniquely placed to deliver its Charretteplus® programme: designed to place communities at the heart of delivering better places in Scotland.

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.

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.

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

For more information on any of these training courses please contact David McAllister, Training Manager on Tel: 0131 659 9775, E:

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