Planning Ahead – why we need to invest in the planning service

Craig McLaren, Director of RTPI Scotland, discusses the need to better resource the planning service at a time of ongoing budget reductions The Improvement Service has recently published its 2016/17 Annual Local Government Benchmarking Framework (LGBF) and it is sober reading for planners.  The LGBF is pulled together though Scotland’s councils working together to report […]

Reflections on the Planning (Scotland) Bill

Michelle McGuckin discusses the changes proposed to strategic planning The publication of the Planning (Scotland) Bill on 5th December makes provison for the removal of Strategic Development Plans from the Scottish Planning system and a short string of simple words was all it took: Section 2 Removal of requirement to prepare strategic development plans. Sections […]

Arctic Circle Forum: Scotland and the New North

Graham Marchbank discusses the recent conference held in Edinburgh This two-day conference was an opportunity for Scotland to align itself with neighbours to the north; “a new geopolitical neighbourhood” as the former president of Iceland put it, alongside the more typical relationships with Westminster and the EU.  Climate change, natural resources, renewable energy, transport systems […]

Planning is back – but in which direction is it headed?

Luke Slattery of RTPI Scotland gives his view of this year’s annual conference The New Agenda: Planners as Visionaries, Facilitators and Enablers, which took place in Edinburgh on 3 October This year’s conference tasked a number of high profile speakers with discussing planning’s role, remit and responsibility in realising the themes of the New Urban […]