Derek Mackay, Minister for
Local Government and Planning (pictured left), signalled his
backing for planners in the early part of their careers by
endorsing the Commitment of Support to Young Planners at the
Scottish Young Planners Network (SYPN) Conference earlier this week
The document outlines how the SYPN, the Royal Town Planning
Institute (RTPI) Scotland and the Scottish Government are committed
delivering high quality, positive planning, and supporting planners
the early stages of their career.
Planning Minister Derek Mackay said: "Young Planners are our
current and future decision makers, vision setters, ambassadors for
the profession, and most importantly, our facilitators of change. I
am impressed with the drive of the Scottish Young Planners Network
and range and quality of activities that is delivers for its
members, including events such as the conference."
Iram Mohammed, Chair of SYPN, said: "I welcome the Scottish
Government and RTPI Scotland's Commitment to Young Planners. We
appreciate that these are difficult times for employers but it is
essential that we have a steady stream of young planners coming
through the system for future years. It's our hope that other
organisations in the built environment will join us and sign up to
the Commitment in the coming months."
Dr Peter Geraghty, President of the RTPI, welcomed the
initiative: "The more young planners I meet the more I am impressed
by them. Everyone in the profession should be extremely proud
of the calibre of graduates it attracts. But we need to ensure that
there are opportunities for young planners to enter planning so we
don't have skills shortages in the future. I welcome the
The full text is of the Commitment
of Support to Young Planners is here.