Alliance formed to respond to change

The Local Government Association (LGA) has joined forces with the Planning Officers Society (POS) to present a united front on planning reform.

The alliance, unveiled last week, allows the LGA to use POS expertise and extend its services. If changes are proposed to the planning system through consultation documents, the LGA will seek advice from senior POS members before responding. The first subject to be tackled is draft PPS9 on biodiversity.

Welcoming the alliance, LGA environment board chairman David Sparks said: "Planning is such an important issue for local authorities that we have a duty to ensure that our members' interests are well served. The POS is made up of day-to-day planners who can give practical advice based on experience."

POS president Paul Watson added: "This partnership with the LGA builds on long-standing and effective co-operation between the two organisations but should enable both to increase their influence, raise their game and become an even more effective force for change."

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