About POS

We represent around 2,000 individual planners working in 80% of the local authorities and public sector organisations around England. 

We can rightly style ourselves as "the credible voice of public sector planners in England".

Our aim is to ensure that planning makes a major contribution to achieving sustainable development in ways that are fair and equitable and achieve the social, economic and environmental aspirations of the community.

Membership of POS will give you some of the best quality and best value CPD in the sector. Read more about the benefits here.

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History of POS

What we do

POS exists for and is accountable to its members in pursuit of its stated objectives. We function both nationally and regionally across England.

We operate in three main ways:


  • As a support network for planners in the public sector
  • As promoters of best practice in planning
  • As a think tank and lobbying organisation for excellence in planning practice


The Board have agreed a five-year business plan to guide what we do.

Business Plan

Who we are

POS is a limited company and a charity. We are governed by a Board of Trustees, and supported by the POS team.

The Board is responsible for the governance of the charity and its subsidiary trading company (POS Enterprises) in accordance with both company and charity laws. POS Enterprises provides training and support services to its customers. 

We hold an Annual General Meeting usually in June each year when we hold elections to choose our President to represent POS and, every three years, the Chair of the Board.

Meet the Team

How we operate

POS fulfils its purpose though a programme of policy and project work, events and education, publication and dissemination of good practice and electronic update bulletins.

We have both subject and regional networks to support our members and subject specialists to provide advice to government, the press and others on their specialist area. Our network events are popular with the membership and provide a valuable opportunity to exchange ideas and keep up-to-date. Find out more about our Networks.

POS has Rules which control how we operate.

POS Rules

How to become a member

If you are a planner working in the public sector in England, join us to be part of the leading body representing public sector planners and enjoy the full benefits of POS membership. 

Most membership is by organisation. Click the Join POS button to find out if yours is a member. If not, you can join as an individual.

If you do not meet the criteria for membership but still work within the field of planning, you can register as a POS Associate to receive email updates from POS by emailing the POS Membership Secretary

POS members can manage their membership preferences from the Join POS page.

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