What has RTPI Scotland ever done for me?

RTPI Scotand Director, Craig McLaren, provides an update on recent RTPI Scotland activity

As ever the last few months have been busy for RTPI Scotland. Given this, I thought it may be worthwhile setting out some of the things that we have been doing.

Draft National Planning Framework 3 (NPF3) and Draft Scottish Planning Policy (SPP)

NPF3 has undergone its formal 60 day scrutiny period in Parliament. The Parliament also decided to use this period to examine the draft Scottish Planning Policy. The Local Government and Regeneration Committee has overall remit responsibility for the scrutiny of planning policy. However, substantive detail of the draft NPF3 falls within the remit of other subject committees – the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee, the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee, and the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee.  RTPI Scotland Convenor Stephen gave oral evidence to the Local Government and Regeneration Committee on 5 February. Written evidence was submitted to all, four committees.  Briefing was sent to all MSPs prior to the plenary debate held in the Chamber on 18 March. Key issues discussed were planning for onshore wind; unconventional gas; the need for up to date development plans; and the inadequacy of the 60 day scrutiny period.

Policy Papers

In 2014 the following policy papers have been published by RTPI Scotland:

  • Consultation on Changes to Permitted Development Rights for Development by Telecommunications Code Operators – Scottish Government consultation paper
  • Historic Environment Scotland Bill – Scottish Parliament Finance Committee and Education and Culture Committee calls for evidence
  • Debate on 3rd National Planning Framework – briefing sent to MSPs for the plenary debate in Parliament on 18 March
  • Opencast Coal Restoration: Effective Regulation – response to Scottish Government’s consultation paper
  • Community Benefits from Onshore Renewable Developments – response to Scottish Government on their consultation document
  • Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill – response to Scottish Government on their consultation document
  • National Planning Framework and Scottish Planning Policy – written evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
  • National Planning Framework and Scottish Planning Policy – written evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee
  • National Planning Framework and Scottish Planning Policy – written evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee
  • National Planning Framework and Scottish Planning Policy – written evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee
  • Review of Strategic Development Plans – letter setting out comments on Scottish Government review of the content and process of producing Strategic Development Plans
  • Core Areas of Wild Land 2013 map – response to Scottish Natural Heritage on their consultation
  • Draft Scottish Planning Policy: Sustainability and Planning Submission to Scottish Government on its additional consultation on SPP relating to Sustainable Development, Sustainable Economic Growth, and the proposed presumption in favour of development that contributes to sustainable development.

All can be read here

CENTENARY

Scottish Parliamentary Reception

A reception was held in the Parliament on 26 March to celebrate the Institute’s Centenary. Sarah Boyack MSP also lodged a motion in Parliament congratulating the Institute on its Centenary.  The motion has received Cross Party support and has been signed by over 30 MSPs

Scotland’s Best Places

The Scotland’s Best Places Initiative rolls on.   After a public call for suggestions some 55 places have been put forward. A top ten was announced at the Parliamentary Reception celebrating the Institute’s Centenary on 26 March.  These are now subject to a public vote and over 3,200 votes have already been cast.  The initiative has already been featured on the BBC website, The Herald, The Scotsman, The Times and several local newspapers.  It has also been the subject of 3 Motions lodged in Parliament.  The closing date is 7 May and the winner will be announced at a reception in June

Centenary Ceilidh

The Scottish Young Planners’ Network are organising a Centenary Ceilidh on 22 May.  This is open to all. Email scotland@rtpi.org.uk if you want to book a place.

MEMBER SERVICES

Events

The 2014 Annual Sir Patrick Geddes Commemorative Lecture will be given by Dy Currie, President of the Planning Institute of Australia and Manager of Strategic Planning and Economic Development in Toowoomba Regional Council. Dy will speak on climate change and resilience on 10 June in Edinburgh.  Email scotland@rtpi.org.uk to book a place.

Peter Suttie Award

The 2014 Peter Suttie Award has been launched by the Scottish Young Planners’ Network. The £500 award can be used to fund young planners to undertake a comparative study into planning issues, either in the UK or abroad. The award is directed towards Licentiate planners in the first ten years of their career who are working in Scotland or those studying for an accredited qualification at a Scottish University.  The deadline for submissions is 30 May 2014.

Communications and Media

Key media activity has included:

  • I was on Radio Scotland’s Morning Call on 1 April discussing parking, pedestrians and planning
  • Scotland’s Best Places initiative was featured on the BBC website
  • I was quoted in the Sunday Herald on 6 April on planning performance and resourcing.

Scottish Planner

The new look Scottish Planner has been published.  It is also available to read online

A number of pieces have recently been posted on the RTPI Scotland Blog  including:

 

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