The Planning Officers Society today launched the extension of its successful series of Moving Towards Excellence papers. New papers “Public Spaces and Open Spaces”, “Land Use Transportation Policy” and “Regeneration” were added to the already comprehensive list. The series has been developed by senior planning professionals in conjunction with the ODPM, the County Surveyors Society and the Technical Advisers Group.
Paul Watson, the Society’s President, said, “These papers are being used more and more by the ODPM and the Audit Commission as benchmarks of best practice in planning. No chief planning officer can afford to ignore them.”
Cllr David Sparks, Chair of the LGA’s new Environment Board said ''Planning has taken centre stage over the last year with the Planning Act and a raft of complex and technical detail to master. At its first meeting, the LGA’s new Environment Board identified the new Planning Act as a major opportunity for local councils to plan, shape and regenerate their communities. 'Moving towards Excellence' will give useful support in this respect and is recognised as an authoritative and relevant source of best practice advice. The extension is a welcome addition. Both practitioners and stakeholders will find it invaluable. We hope to see further extensions in the future.''
The Society maintains the MTEx schedule on its website, although they can also be found on the IDeA website. The Planning Officers Society is committed to making the new planning system work as effectively as possible and these additional MTEx papers will assist that endeavour.
The Moving Towards Excellence papers are now somewhat out of date; these historic documents can be found on the Society’s website by clicking here