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Improvement and Development Agency
Come and hear colleagues talk about improvement at a time of shrinking resources and pressure on performance. PAS will be sharing what it has learned from over three years of benchmarking experience, thousands of hours of activity and data from hundreds of thousands of applications.
Manchester and London
We are running a workshop to enable you to better understand and respond to the requirements of the Duty to Cooperate and strategic planning.
We have produced a free to access project management tool to aid local authorities and communities working together to produce neighbourhood plans.
We want to help planning officers to better understand the issues, legislation and context of viability, and how it impacts on both plan-making and application stages. You will learn about the terminology, content of appraisals and undertake practical appraisal exercises.
Is your council “Open for Growth”? Can you do better to provide an environment where new development is encouraged and businesses are supported to grow and invest? PAS has a new peer challenge to help you answer this.
Some local authorities and communities working together on neighbourhood planning are entering into agreements to set out how they will work together and the support available.
We've put together a resource to support the implementation of a development management approach to planning. It draws on council experience with culture change, front-loading the process with pre-application discussions, resourcing and the role of members.
Support to help you delivery a more efficient and effective planning service: Planning benchmarking club, joint-working and service transformation.
We recently worked with a few local authorities, looking at different options for delivering a planning service. Download the workbook that authorities used to help you start thinking about this.
The Getting your Plan in Place councillor briefing presents the main aspects of the plan-making process, setting out the key plan-making principles and steps that planning authorities need to take in order to get a robust plan in place. It is for councillors who are leading the production of the local plan through the council’s local plan steering group.
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