Nutrient Neutrality update, planning reforms and more...

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20 December 2023

Planning Advisory Service

Merry Christmas to all of our readers! Thank you for being so supportive during 2023, we hope you have a happy and healthy 2024. 

Congratulations to those Councils who were fortunate to receive confirmation of the Planning Skills Delivery Fund. Great news to get in the week before Christmas. 

For those of you working over Christmas, you can join us in reading through the NPPF - more on this in the New Year. PAS will be available throughout the holidays so please get in touch at

Anna Rose
Head of PAS

Nutrient Neutrality update

The Government is allocating up to £57 million to the eight successful bids in the first round of the Local Nutrient Mitigation Fund. The Government has also confirmed that the second round will open for bids in January 2024. A further round of Nutrient Support Funding in the form of £100,000 to the lead local authority for large, affected catchments will also be provided. PAS continues to support local authorities with nutrient neutrality through regular meetings and our network. For more info email us.

BNG Policy Update DLUHC, Defra & Natural England

PAS hosted a DLUHC, Defra & Natural England Policy Update on Biodiversity Net Gain and the recent publication of policy documents. You can access the recording and presentation from the event here and we will be updating our BNG FAQs following publication and the session. 

Planning Reforms; Supplementary Plans - FAQs

Following the 2 events we held in November on Supplementary Plans we have created a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to support the Government’s consultation process. These FAQs and the answers can be accessed here. 

Homes England winter learning programme

Registrations are now open for January’s Winter Learning Programme from Homes England’s Local Government Capacity Centre.   

The free webinars include deeper dives into topics like urban green infrastructure, viability, engagement to support place-based working and Compulsory Purchase Order valuation, alongside new topics such as preparing for the impact of the Environment Act, planning governance, progressing major brownfield sites and delivering section 106 site requirements.   

Help the Forestry Commission improve the consideration of trees and woodland in the planning process: Project WIDGET

We are identifying opportunities for better evidence, guidance and tools in development design and decision making with regards to woodlands (including ancient woodlands and veteran trees). 

We are seeking the views of a wide range of stakeholders involved with all aspects of the planning process and who are involved in decision making on woodland and trees at all levels. For more info email us

Register for an in-person workshop before 8th January:

Leeds - Wednesday 24th January 2024  

Bristol - Tuesday 30th January 2024

Planning for children’s homes

PAS are gathering evidence from local planning authorities and children’s social care teams, to gain a greater understanding of planning considerations that may be affecting the delivery of children’s homes including identifying need and how use class definitions impact decision-making.  There is still time to sign-up for our workshops on the following dates. 

  • 9th January (10-11:30am) 
  • 10th January (2-3:30pm)  

If you would be interested in taking part, please email 

Design Codes - Launching of the new PAS Practitioners Network

As part of our on-going support for local authorities in producing and using design codes we are launching an online network for local authority practitioners. We’ve had lots of interest already and we will be opening the network in first week of the new year. If you would be interested in joining you can register your interest via our website and there is no fee to join.

NSIP Solar Energy schemes

Following a very successful introductory event in December, the second NSIP Centre of Excellence session will look at Solar NSIPs.

The webinar takes place on Wednesday January 24th 2024 between 9.30-11.30am. Confirmed speakers are Jo Wall, Senior Strategy Director (Climate), Local Partnerships who will be discussing solar NSIP scheme economics, development, design, and why local authorities are seeing more energy projects coming forward and Peta Donkin, LDA Design who will be presenting on achieving good design in solar NSIPs.

The NSIP Centre of Excellence programme is being delivered by Suffolk County Council, if you wish to book a place, please contact 

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