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On Wednesday 30th May 2012, PAS will be running a community training workshop at WHALE Arts Centre in Wester Hailes to help local people understand how they can engage with the planning system and have a say in the future of their area. Planning can have a big impact on local communities – and PAS’ training workshop will help people in Wester Hailes and the surrounding area understand how they can get involved.

All local residents, community groups and community councils are invited to come along to this free introductory training session to develop an understanding of what the planning system is and how to engage with it as effectively as possible.

Kathryn Hume, Training Manager, PAS:
Whether people are responding to applications in their area, looking to undertake development for themselves or their community, or simply wishing to know how they can have their say in the future of their area, PAS’s training will help them to understand what’s involved.

As an independent and impartial organisation, PAS has considerable expertise in community engagement in the planning system. PAS staff and volunteers look forward to facilitating the event and helping the people of Wester Hailes and the surrounding area to learn more about the planning system.

To book a free place, please contact Laura at or call 0131 220 9730.

Event: Planning for People
Date: 30th May 2012, 1pm until 5pm (Lunch provided at the start of the session and crèche facilities also available upon request)
Venue: WHALE Arts Centre, 30 Westburn Grove, Wester Hailes, Edinburgh, EH14 2SA
Open to: all local residents, community groups and community councils in Wester Hailes and the surrounding area


Notes to Editors

About PAS

PAS is an independent organisation, working across Scotland to improve the way people engage with the planning system. Planning is a vital public service and everyone in Scotland should be able to participate effectively and efficiently. PAS is here to provide everyone with the skills and information to engage positively with planning. As an independent organisation, impartiality is our most important guiding principle – one that we will not compromise.

  • PAS enables individuals, communities and business start-ups to participate in a more efficient planning process
  • PAS helps to deliver the Scottish Government’s commitment to equality and culture change in the way we go about planning in Scotland

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What do we mean by ‘planning’?

Terms such as ‘planning’, ‘the planning system’ and ‘planning process’ are about deciding how land is used in our towns, cities and the countryside. This includes a wide range of things – from home extensions, micro-renewable projects, building schools, shopping centres, roads, skate parks, new towns and windfarms to protecting public open spaces like playing fields, leisure centres and listed buildings. These activities in the ‘built environment’ are known as ‘development’ and often require planning permission.

Planning decides where development should happen, where it shouldn’t and how it affects and fits into its surroundings. The planning system is essential for economic growth, protecting the environment, promoting sustainability and improving quality of life for all of us.

Scotland has recently undergone the biggest reform to its planning system for 60 years, with a strong emphasis on community engagement. Find out more about the planning system: