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 […]

Don’t miss this year’s Licentiate APC workshops

This coming Monday and Tuesday the Scottish Young Planners’ Network will host three workshops for Licentiate RTPI members hoping to complete their Assessment of Professional Competence and become Chartered Planners. This year’s events will take place in Aberdeen on Monday 25 September, and Glasgow and Edinburgh on 26 September. They are not to be missed […]

My Town, the New Town

Michael Kordas, RTPI West of Scotland Chapter Vice Convenor, PhD Candidate and Teaching Assistant at University of Glasgow, and Guest Lecturer at Glasgow School of Art, shares his thoughts on a recent Chapter Event held in Glasgow. A Failed Utopia? 2017 marked the fifty-year anniversary of the completion of the first phases of Cumbernauld New […]

The Changing Demographics of Scotland

RTPI Director Craig McLaren summarises trends in population statistics published by National Records of Scotland National Records of Scotland have published Scotland’s Population: The Registrar General’s Annual Review of Demographic Trends.  It is the 162nd edition of the Registrar General’s Annual Review, and still remains an extremely useful statistical source.  It is an interesting read […]

Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours for a New Planning System

Craig McLaren, Director of RTPI Scotland, discusses research led by RTPI on future skills needs for planners Earlier in the year RTPI Scotland was commissioned by Scottish Government undertake research into the skills needs for planners. This was undertaken in the context of the Review of the Planning System.  RTPI Scotland has led the development of […]

A new development plans process

As part of the ongoing review of the Scottish planning system RTPI Scotland has produced a series of thinkpieces aimed at providing workable solutions to supplement the proposals made by Scottish Government in its consultation paper, Places, People and Planning. A thinkpiece by Pam Ewen and Robbie Calvert synthesises a new Local Development Plan process […]