PAS Bulletin: September 2021

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September 2021

PAS Bulletin: September 2021

Like the rest of the world we in PAS are taking it in turns to recharge our batteries with a variety of UK-based activities including camping, swimming and simmering family disputes. Taking a break for a change of scene is important just now, as it seems we are soon going to need to up our energy levels and engage with the next phase of planning reform. Unusually for us we have change coming from at least two directions with the Environment Bill and Planning Bill both providing new approaches to managing places. When we have a clearer idea of where some of the big ideas set out in the Planning White Paper have got to and a timetable for rolling them out you can expect us to do our best to help you understand and respond to them. It is probably too soon to get out on the road but as soon as it feels right we are looking forward to seeing you in person. Until then you will find below a mix of toolkits, past presentations and dates for your diary with plenty more in the works.

Richard Crawley
PAS Programme Manager

Updated DM Challenge Toolkit

A totally revamped version of the DM Challenge Toolkit is now available on our website to use as part of your DM improvement plans. Many thanks to London Borough of Redbridge, Harborough DC, South Hams DC / West Devon BC and Plymouth City Council for test running it for us. If you would like more details drop us a message.  

Would you like support in reviewing your governance processes?

Following the publication of the guidance handbook on improving the governance of developer contributions we are supporting individual councils to help understand where improvements are needed. We will work with you to co-create ways to ensure that money collected is used to deliver infrastructure in an efficient, transparent, robust and effective way. If you are interested contact us at

PAS Heads of Planning Conference - bookings open

After missing last year, we are really pleased to announce that we will be hosting the annual PAS Head of Planning Conference in Wolverhampton on 27 and 28 January 2022. As with previous years the conference is free to attended including accommodation. Spaces are limited to the heads of service with an option to bring along a future lead planner or rising star so book your place early.

Planning for First Homes - Workshop

We have published the presentations and resources from our recent First Homes workshop. This was a really well attended session that covered the requirements of the Written Ministerial Statement and updated planning practice guidance on planning's role in delivering First Homes. These resources should also help you understand how the transitional arrangements impact your council.

Design Code Phase 2 Pilot Programme EOI - FAQs

Following MHCLH and the Office for Place announcing the phase two design code pilot programme, PAS delivered a couple of events for people thinking about applying to take part. We've included a number of FAQs from the events. The deadline for submission of expressions of interest is 13 September 2021.

Planning for Natura 2000 sites: lessons in nutrient neutrality

PAS hosted two events in July 2021 to examine the challenge of nutrient pollution, looking at how to manage nutrient neutrality and minimise the risk of this occurring. Information and presentations are available on the PAS website events pages

Biodiversity net gain project

We had our first officer advisory group meeting on 2 August to discuss and agree next steps for the project following our workshops. Watch this space for updated webpages to kick this off. Contact Beccy if you’d like to join the advisory group. Beccy's written a blog about getting on with BNG despite the current unknowns and potential issues, some of which were highlighted a recent Countryfile episode (about 10 minutes in). 

Peer Request and Anna's peer blog

Our officer and member peers and the work they do is still at the heart of our work. We've recently updated our criteria for officer peers and Anna has written a blog on the great work of peers. If you think you might be interested and fit the criteria, drop us a line.

UDL Summer School

Urban Design London is running a virtual Summer School on 9, 10 and 13 September 2021 that will guide delegates through the complexities of making great neighbourhoods. The three days will provide an introduction to placemaking, street design and housing design with talks and virtual site visits. 

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