POS NOVUS is the ginger group of the Planning Officers Society. We are a think tank for public planning, by public planners. NOVUS brings together new voices to generate new ideas about planning. This is our manifesto.

NOVUS is open to public servants across England who are at the earlier stages of a career in the built environment. Members do not necessarily need to be planners, or under a certain age, but do need to have an email ending in gov.uk. You can join NOVUS here.


NOVUS sessions are members-only events taking on the elephants in the room of the planning establishment. Topics are proposed by members, who host half-day sessions involving leaders in the field of public planning. These are no talking shops. We use each session to collaboratively draft a paper – literally one side of A4 – that sets out our position. We aim to be positive, pragmatic and provocative. Send suggestions for future sessions to novus@planningofficers.org.uk. For the latest NOVUS session see our Events calendar.


Charlotte Morphet, LB Waltham Forest

Email: novus@planningofficers.org.uk

Phone: 07517 089872