The Society's Board has agreed a plan to drive forward the Society's business.
The planning system in England exists to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development. This involves promoting economic, social and environmental wellbeing through the preparation of development plans and the management of change in accordance with those plans. This process is managed by local planning authorities made up of elected councilors who are advised by professional planning officers. The Planning Officers Society seeks to support planning officers in this role, to promote best practice and to work with Government and other bodies to maintain and improve standards of planning for the benefit of the public.
The Planning Officers Society (POS) was formed in April 1997 by the amalgamation of the former County Planning Officers Society, District Planning Officers Society and the Metropolitan Planning Officers Society. With the formation of a single Local Government Association it was decided by the constituent societies that a single voice for local authority planning practitioners would be the most effective way of pursuing good and effective planning practice within local government.
The Society was incorporated as a Private Company Limited by Guarantee without Share Capital on 26th September 2008 (Registration No. 06709078). On 10 March 2011 the Society became a Charity (Registered Number 1140770 20-22 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4 JS) with the purpose of advancing the education of the public in planning law, planning policy and public sector planning practice. It fulfils this purpose though a programme of policy and project work, events and education, publication and dissemination of good practice and electronic update bulletins.