RTPI Scotland briefing for the Planning Bill stage 1 debate

On Tuesday 29 May the Scottish Parliament will hold its stage 1 debate on the ‘general principles’ of the Planning Bill. The debate will consider the report prepared by the Local Government and Communities Committee following the evidence it received from the Government and stakeholders earlier in the year. RTPI Scotland has issued the following […]

A Good Deal?

Craig McLaren discusses the Scottish Parliament report on City Region Deals The Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee has published a report on its inquiry into city region deals in Scotland. The report highlights the need for more engagement with local communities and businesses; the need to address “confused and cluttered” priorities; and the […]

People at the heart of the Climate Change Plan?

With the Scottish Government’s new Climate Change Plan published, and the planning review looking to put people at the heart of planning,  Ragne Low from the University of Strathclyde Centre for Energy Policy takes a look at what the Plan has to say about the role of people in the low carbon transition. The transition […]

Scottish Young Planners’ Conference 2018 – A delegate’s take

Luke Vogan, Graduate Planner at Cairngorms National Park Authority, reviews the 2018 Scottish Young Planners’ Conference: The Changing Face of Planning – Planning Ahead   The SYPN conference was brilliant! It was my first SYPN experience and it surpassed expectations.  The room was filled with a young energy, an optimism, even at 9am! The smell of […]

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 […]