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RTPI Scotland Annual Conference: New Context, New Approaches

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 at 9:30AM - 4:30PM
St Andrews in the Square, St Andrews Square, Glasgow G1 5PP
Members: £125 + VAT; Non Members: £150 + VAT
Students and Unemployed members/ Licentiates: £30 + VAT
RTPI Scotland

The 2013 RTPI Scotland Annual Conference New Context, New Approaches will be held on Tuesday 1 October in Glasgow.

Planners, planning and the planning system in Scotland are changing. The world in which they function is also changing with new ways of working required given difficult economic circumstances, diminishing resources, outcome-driven policy and practice, and separation of policy development from delivery. This means that, now more than ever, there is a need for planners to show the added value they bring and how they contribute to achieving the aspirations of Government, business and communities.

The conference aims to look at how the profession can respond to the changing environment that we work in and will examine new ways of working in partnership, in creating quality places, in delivering development and in making best use of resources. The conference will bring together new thinking and innovative practice from within and beyond Scotland, and will provide opportunities for debate, discussion and identifying priorities, touching on issues including public service reform, linking infrastructure and development, new approaches to delivering quality placemaking, new models for delivering development, sharing risk and reward, making best use of resources and delivering change.


9.30   Registration

10.00 Welcome and Introduction - Alistair MacDonald, Convenor, RTPI Scotland

The New Context

10.05 Ministerial Address - Derek Mackay MSP, Minister for Local Government and Planning

10.25 The Big Picture Issues - TBC

New Approaches to Resources

10.45 The Implications of Public Service Reform - Colin Mair, Chief Executive, Improvement Service

11.05 Doing More with Less - Malcolm Macleod, Head of Planning, Highland Council and Chair, Heads of Planning Scotland

11.25 Q and A

11.35 Tea/ coffee

New Approaches to Placemaking

12.00 Learning from Elsewhere - Steven Tolson, Independent Consultant and Vice Chair, RICS Scotland

12.30 New Approaches in Scotland - Malcolm Fraser, Director, Malcolm Fraser Architects

13.00 Q and A

13.15 Lunch

14.00 Debate and Roundtable Discussion: What is the future role for planners? What do planners need to do this? What do planners need to change to do this?

  • John McNairney, Chief Planner, Scottish Government
  • Margaret Bochel, Head of Planning and Sustainable Development, Aberdeen City Council
  • Dr Andy Inch, University of Sheffield
  • Mike Mackenzie MSP for Highlands and Islands

15.00 Tea/ coffee

New Approaches to Delivering Development

15.20  Sharing Risk and Reward - Dan MacDonald, Chief Executive, MacDoanld Estates

15.40  What Do Sustainable Communities Need? And Can It Be Delivered? - Yolande Barnes, Head of Global Research, Savills

16.00 Linking Infrastructure to Development: Experience from Australia and Canada - Professor Duncan Maclennan, St Andrews University

16.20 Q and A

16.30 Close


This event is kindly sponsored by:

  • Scottish Government
  • Burness Paull
  • Glasgow City Council

Book a Place

  • £125 + VAT - RTPI Members/ Licentiates
  • £150 + VAT - Non Members
  • £30 + VAT - Students and Unemployed Members/ Licentiates (Quote Ref RTPIS30)

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