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Cross section of MSPs congratulate the RTPI on 100 Years of Professional Planning

25 March 2014

A cross section of MSPs congratulated the Royal Town Planning Institute on 100 Years of Professional Planning in a motion lodged by Sarah Boyack MSP, a former convenor of RTPI Scotland and shadow planning minister.

I want to thank Sarah Boyack and her colleagues in the Scottish Parliament for their extremely kind and flattering words about the RTPI and professional planning. The motion demonstrates that across the Scottish Parliament there’s a pride in planning, and a recognition of the contribution that planners make to creating great places.

Stephen Tucker, Convenor of RTPI Scotland, said: “I want to thank Sarah Boyack and her colleagues in the Scottish Parliament for their extremely kind and flattering words about the RTPI and professional planning. The motion demonstrates that across the Scottish Parliament there’s a pride in planning, and a recognition of the contribution that planners make to creating great places.”

The text of the motion is below.

Motion S4M-09453: Sarah Boyack, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24/03/2014

100 Years of Professional Planning 

That the Parliament congratulates the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) on its 100th anniversary; notes that the RTPI's first meeting was chaired on 21 November 1913 by a Scot, Thomas Adams, who, in 1914, was elected as its first president; considers that professional planners and planning have made a significant contribution across Scotland, the UK and beyond in developing great places for people, improving the environment, nurturing heritage and history and economic growth; acknowledges the role that the RTPI has played in Scotland's society in planning for the public benefit and in its professionalism; appreciates the support and advice that the RTPI provides to its members; considers that it has a key role in raising the profile of the profession and generating awareness of the invaluable contribution that planning has on developing sustainable communities, protecting the environment and boosting local economies; believes that the RTPI has launched an impressive interactive timeline on its website, which provides an informative outline of the contribution of town planning over the last 100 years; congratulates everyone who is involved in the governance and management of RTPI and its staff and members for their hard work and dedication, and hopes that the it enjoys many more years of success and achievement.

Supported by: David Stewart, Hanzala Malik, Richard Lyle, John Mason, Annabelle Ewing, Jean Urquhart, Alison Johnstone, Elaine Murray, Malcolm Chisholm, Jackie Baillie, Mike MacKenzie, Anne McTaggart, Jim Eadie, Kenneth Gibson, Liam McArthur, Roderick Campbell, Patricia Ferguson, Graeme Dey, Colin Beattie, Margaret McCulloch.