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Presidentís Message

The Society represents senior professionals and managers of planning functions in the public sector serving English Local Authorities. We are rightly styled as the credible voice for public sector planning practitioners.

We set out to:

  • enable public sector planners to work together with Government and partners
  • be a strong and united voice for public sector planners supporting and shaping planning policy and practice in local communities
  • be a preferred point of contact for public sector planners where they can access learning, support and networking opportunities
  • find common ground with other disciplines, organisations and the media to improve the planning process, policy and implementation
  • broaden our membership and create a strong cohort of young planners, representative of the ethnic and gender diversity of the UK.

The Society's aim is to make planning more effective in delivering sustainable development to support the well-being of our communities.

For 2018/19 Paul Seddon said “ I want to focus on how effective we are being as POS and how we best ensure that we are relevant and representative of our members and the country – a theme of challenging ourselves – especially how we are seen by our members and in our senior roles.”

Paul Seddon President 2018/19  Email:

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