Craig McLaren, discusses a busy year for RTPI Scotland
It may be a bit of an understatement to say that 2014 has been a bit of busy year. It has been the Institute’s Centenary which has seen the organisation and announcement of Scotland’s Best Places initiative; Centenary events such as the RTPI Scotland Centenary Conference, Lecture and Ceilidh; a Scottish Young Planners’ Centenary Conference; a host of Centenary events organised by the Chapters; Ambassador visits to schools across Scotland to promote planning to students; and Scottish contributions to the Centenary Planning Horizons Papers on key planning issues.
We have also seen the publication of a new National Planning Framework, a revised Scottish Planning Policy and important Bills have been, or are being, considered by Parliament such as the Community Empowerment Bill and Historic Environment Bill.
To try to summarise RTPI Scotland’s contribution and involvement in this we’ve just published our Annual Report. Rather than run through all the highlights (and I would argue there are many) I thought it best to set out in numbers some of the achievements over the year. So here goes:
- 56 events have been held for members across Scotland. The very large majority of these were either free or low cost and were attended by over 2000 people
- These include 47 events organised by Chapters: 6 in Dumfries and Galloway; 6 in East Scotland; 6 in Edinburgh, Lothians, Borders and Fife; 5 in Grampian; 7 in the Highlands and Islands; 11 in the West of Scotland Chapter; and 6 in the Central Scotland Chapter
- It also includes 10 events organised by Scottish Young Planners Network (including 2 workshops on the Assessment of Professional Competence and the Scottish Young Planners’ Annual Conference)
- 1 Annual Conference, 1 Sir Patrick Geddes Commemorative Lecture and 1 Scottish Young Planners’ Conference were held attracting 330 delegates
- 19 responses have been submitted to consultation documents or calls for evidence issued by Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament and other bodies, and oral evidence was given to Parliament on 1 occasion
- 3 Briefing Papers have been published for MSPs on debates on the Historic Environment Bill; Town Centre Action Plan; and National Planning Framework 3/ Scottish Planning Policy
- RTPI Scotland has participated in over 20 advisory groups including those dealing with the 3rd National Planning Framework; the Town Centres Review; the Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill; and the Historic Environment Bill
- We have nearly 1900 (up 50% from 2013) followers on our @RTPIScotland and @ConvenorRTPIS Twitter Accounts and 698 Members on the RTPI Scotland Linked In discussion page
- 4 editions of the new look Scottish Planner have been published
- 26 posts have been published on our blog, which have had around 3000 views
- 3724 votes were cast for Scotland’s Best Places in our Centenary Initiative
Looking forward to 2015…