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RTPI Scotland Annual Conference success

07 October 2013

minister and convenor 2013RTPI Scotland hosted an extremely successful Scotland Annual Conference which focused on how the planning profession can respond to a fast changing environment.

Read Craig McLaren's blog post about the conference New Context. New Approaches here.

The keynote political address was provided by Derek Mackay MSP, Minister for Local Government and Planning, who discussed how planning had been put at the heart of the Scottish Government’s programmes.

Pictured: Derek McKay MSP and RTPI Scotland's Convenor Alistair MacDonald.

Mr MacKay said that he wanted planning to be part of the corporate approach and outlined how he thought that planners could become local leaders through development plans. The Minister emphasised that resources are important and the need to link this to improved performance.

Craig McLaren, Director of RTPI Scotland said: "We're delighted that the Scottish Government continues to see the pivotal role that planning and planners have in delivering for our communities. But recognise that we cannot stand still.

We called the conference New Context, New Approaches to emphasise that planning is changing and that as planners we're up to meeting the challenge. Whether it's dealing with the challenge poised by climate change or the very difficult economic conditions we face in Scotland, planners have the skills and the ambition to succeed."