The planning system is founded on the principles of social equity, equality and delivering public good. Over 20% of planning professionals in Scotland volunteer with PAS, giving their knowledge, experience and time to help people of all ages and backgrounds to participate, at the earliest opportunity, in placemaking.
PAS education programmes are designed for children and young people and our training is targeting seldom heard groups, community groups and elected members. Find out more about the PAS Foundation's work to support young people.
We also facilitate a community visioning process Charretteplus® to help everyone have a say in the future of their area. SP=EED® is our guide to effective community engagement and SP=EED® Verification is the associated skills development programme.
The latest posts from the PAS blog
We hear a lot about the importance of community engagement in the planning system - but do we really know what effective public involvement looks, or even feels, like?
PAS welcomes the announcement of a public consultation on the planning system, launched this morning by Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing.
PAS volunteer, Alastair Smith, shares his thoughts on a recent volunteer training event on landscape assessment hosted by Doug Harman.
PAS is holding an informal evening of celebration for all our volunteers, in recognition of their incredible contribution to the ethos and values of PAS.
With the recent Independent Planning Review having referenced mediation in three of its recommendations, PAS and Scottish Mediation are looking to explore how this can be facilitated to improve engagement within planning.
PAS has produced a number of short summaries from recent projects. These range from community-led charrettes and community land use plans to development plan engagement and youth engagement.
This blog, based on a recent talk at PAS AGM, looks at how planning fell from fashion for a long period, and what created the new international awareness that places need to be planned.
New PAS guidance will increase awareness and knowledge of the Scottish planning system and engagement between Gypsy/Travellers, planning professionals, elected members and community councillors