22 October 2018
I thought after my last few blogs that I’d start with sharing a little of how I spent the last week of September, which proved to be challenging, fascinating, worrying and heartening in equal measure – pretty typical for many of us I expect. Read more
12 September 2018
As anyone who has read these President’s Blogs over the last few years will know, they are meant to be out on a monthly basis which means that as we are now in September I am late with this one. My excuse, when the ‘Blog Delivery Test’ is measured, is that it has been so I could get my thoughts together on the new NPPF .... Read more
31 July 2018
Breaking News ...
... which you are all no doubt aware of - is that the Revised NPPF has now been published together with some associated changes to the Planning Practice Guidance. Read more
27 July 2018
Goodness time flies! Already over a month into my year and I have fully realised my limitations of time as a chief planner leading a busy planning department. This is something we all struggle with given the worsening financial pressures in local government. So, to help focus on a continuity of purpose and hopefully our impact, Sarah, Richard and I, as the presidential team, believe that we should work on the theme of ensuring POS is relevant and properly representative of our members and the different parts of the country across the next 3 years. Read more
27 July 2018
The Planning Officers Society (POS) welcomes the fact that MHCLG has considered and positively responded to consultation responses in some important areas, including on the retention of social rented housing within the 'affordable housing' definition, design quality, the approach to small sites and climate change.
Paul Seddon, POS's President said 'POS will work with both its members and partners across the sector to help with its successful implementation. However, POS remains concerned that there is still a 'one size fits all' approach in parts of the Revised Framework despite the complex different issues facing planning across the country.' Read more
29 June 2018
The Society's New President ...
... is Paul Seddon, Director of Planning and Regeneration at Nottingham City Council. Paul was elected at the Society's Annual General Meeting held in Stamford on Friday 15th June 2018 and is the 22nd President of the Society since its formation in 1997.