Peter Burley, the former chief planning inspector for England and Wales, has been appointed as interim chairman of the Planning Advisory and Improvement Service (PAIS) in Wales.
The interim advisory group met for the first time this week and will now begin on work to formulate how a permanent body will operate from June 2015.
The PAIS will be responsible for identifying where there is a need for training, advice and skills for planning professionals and how best to deliver it.
Announcing the appointment, planning minister Carl Sargeant said: “The appointment is further evidence of the Welsh Government’s commitment to delivering a positive planning system that enables effective planning and development across Wales.”
The PAIS was proposed in last year’s Positive Planning consultation aimed at encouraging a change of culture in local planning authorities, along with delivery improvements.
In addition to identifying training needs, the PAIS will identify and disseminate good practice and assist the sharing of expertise provide specialist advice and publicise Welsh Government planning initiatives.
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