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 […]

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 […]