Lichfields and the Planning Advisory Service team up to monitor pandemic response of Council planning teams

LICHFIELDS has partnered with the Planning Advisory Service (PAS, part of the Local Government Association) to gather and share information about how Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) in England are operating during the COVID-19 lockdown. 

Lichfields launched its online COVID-19 tracker last week, and has now agreed an arrangement with PAS whereby both organisations will use their networks to collect information so that it holds an up to date and accurate account of the work of LPA’s during the crisis.

The online tracker can be found on the Lichfields website at

Anna Rose, Head of PAS “We are pleased to work jointly with Lichfields on this initiative. It enables us to update information instantly which makes our monitoring valuable to the sector and also allows us to provide accurate analysis. By working together we can understand how LPAs are working through the crisis, be in a position to celebrate the best practice, and also provide support where necessary.”

Matthew Spry, Senior Director, Lichfields, said: . “We’re delighted to be working alongside PAS and that our online resource can assist its efforts. We know the sector is hungry for up to date intelligence on how LPAs are adapting, but also that planning officers don’t want to be bogged down responding to repeated requests for information on what their Council is doing. 

“Our partnership with PAS means the tracker can provide a single repository for this information; it already holds data for almost 90% of Councils and coverage is increasing daily. Partnering with PAS will help accelerate our efforts in monitoring the rapidly changing situation, consistent with our commitment to provide insight, innovation and advice across the planning and development sector.” 

Those with updated information who wish to include it within the tracker can supply it direct to Lichfields at  or to PAS direct at    

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