News release: Scottish Government congratulates PAS on 20 years of helping communities

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PAS new board

PAS new board

PAS marks 20 years of helping people become involved in shaping their places by engaging more easily with the planning system.

Following its Annual General Meeting on 17 October 2013, PAS held an evening of celebrations for 100 supporters and volunteers to mark the organisation’s 20th anniversary and the achievements of its volunteers and staff in helping individuals and communities get involved in shaping the development of land, villages, towns and cities by engaging more easily with the planning system.

Paul Gray, Director-General Governance & Communities, Scottish Government: “It was a real privilege to be at PAS’s 20th anniversary celebrations. They have gone from strength to strength and are a real asset to individuals and communities throughout Scotland.”

Peter Marshall, new Chair of PAS: “I’m in awe of PAS’s achievement over its short history. This has been achieved because planning professionals and increasingly other disciplines passionately believe in the role the planning system has in shaping the built environment and indeed society as a whole.”

Peter Marshall gave a special thanks to outgoing Chair, Ian Angus, for his commitment to PAS over the years and for overseeing the organisation’s transition to a social enterprise. Peter Marshall also gave a vote of thanks to long serving Board Member, Graham U’ren for his invaluable contribution and guidance over the years, and welcomed four new members to the Board: Graham Birse, Zoe McClelland, Iram Mohammed and Alex Orr.

Sarah Boyack MSP lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament to mark 20 years of PAS: “[PAS] helps to promote community spirit by encouraging greater social interaction […] 20 years on, the work of the organisation is as important as ever as many people continue to regard the planning system as challenging and complex”

Petra Biberbach, Chief Executive of PAS: “Our continual challenge is to ensure that civil society can readily interact with civic structures and do so in a transparent and cohesive way. PAS will continue to engage civil society in the place making agenda – a vital and important area which impacts on the individual and public good.”

PAS 20th anniversary event

PAS 20th anniversary event

To coincide with the 20th anniversary, PAS has launched a new website which will make it easier for members of the public to find the information they need. Visit the new website: A new set of updated and consolidated information sheets on the planning system have been published on the new website, in particular a new information sheet for members of the public – ‘Rights and Challenges’ – a basic guide to the avenues available to anyone who does not agree with a planning decision.

PAS Board composition:
– Peter Marshall (Chair) – Planning and Sustainable Development Manager, Perth and Kinross Council
– Irene Beautyman – Facilitator, Trainer and Coach, SPARK Solutions
– Eugene Mullan – Director, Smith Scott Mullan Associates
– Alison Polson – Associate, Brodies LLP
– Richard Slipper – Director, GVA Grimley
– Keith Winter – Executive Director, Environment, Enterprise and Communities, Fife Council
– Charlie Woods – Associate, Core Solutions Mediation Director, Scottish Universities Insight Institute
– Nick Wright – Director, Nick Wright Planning
– Iram Mohammad – Senior Planning Consultant, Atkins
– Zoe McClelland – Principal Environmental Planner, RPS Group
– Graham Birse – Director, Edinburgh Institute of Leadership and Management Practice, Edinburgh Napier University
– Alex Orr – Managing Director, Orbit Communications

PAS welcomes new patrons: Professor Deborah Peel, Chair of Architecture and Planning, University of Dundee and Professor Cliff Hague, former Professor (and now Emeritus Professor) of Planning and Spatial Development at Heriot Watt University, Chairman of Built Environment Forum Scotland, have accepted invitations to become patrons of PAS, alongside patrons Rt Hon Henry McLeish, former Scottish First Minister and Professor Greg Lloyd, Professor of Urban Planning and Head of the School of the Built Environment, University of Ulster.

PAS founder members cut 20th anniversary cake

PAS founder members cut 20th anniversary cake

PAS 20th anniversary cake

PAS 20th anniversary cake

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