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Learning from Scotland's Planning Framework

A Fact Finding Visit to Edinburgh and Glasgow

Monday, 14 September 2015 at 11:00AM -
Tuesday, 15 September 2015 at 4:00PM
RTPI Scotland, 18 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh EH3 8HQ, UK

This fact finding visit aims to examine the Scottish planning framework at a time when DOECLG are looking to practice in Scotland in taking forward the proposed new National Planning Framework.  It will hear from people working in Scotland so as to provide National, Regional, Local, Community and Private Sector Perspectives. 

The aim of the visit is to discuss what lessons can be learned from Scottish approaches to planning. The visit will be a fairly intensive examination of the issues interspersed with discussions on applicability to Ireland. It is planned to produce a report at the end of the visit that can be shared with planners, politicians and Government officials in Ireland to help inform the Planning Bills as they progress.


Monday 14 September

11.10  Arrive Edinburgh

11.30  Tram to City Centre – Alight at Edinburgh West End

12.15  Arrive RTPI Edinburgh Office - Sandwich lunch

13.00  The Planning System in Scotland – Nikola Miller, Planning Policy and Practice Officer, RTPI Scotland

13.20  The National Planning Framework – Fiona Simpson, Assistant Chief Planner, Scottish Government (invited)

13.40  Strategic Development Plans – Ian Angus, Manager, SESPlan

14.00  Approaches to Community Engagement – Petra Biberbach, Chief Executive, PAS (formerly Planning Aid for Scotland)

14.20  Discussion

15.00  Tour of Edinburgh New and Old Towns - Diarmaid Lawlor, Head of Urbanism, Architecture +Design Scotland

17.00  Reception at RTPI Edinburgh Office meeting with RTPI Scotland members

Tuesday 15 September

10.00  Train to Glasgow

 11.00  Arrive at The Lighthouse – Scotland’s Centre for Cities, Architecture and Design, Mitchell Lane, Glasgow

The Local Authority Perspective – Forbes Barron, Head of Planning, Glasgow City Council

12.00  A Private Sector Perspective – Mark Johnston, Peter Brett Associates

13.00  Sandwich lunch

14.00  Optional tour of planning’s role in developing Glasgow’s riverside

16.00  Departures

Flights and Accommodation

Delegates will be responsible for booking their own flights to and from Edinburgh/ Glasgow.  Suggested flights and estimated costs are 

Dublin - Edinburgh

Aer Lingus – 14 September  2015

Dublin   0640 - Edinburgh 0755: Cost €53.99

Dublin   0955 - Edinburgh 1110: Cost €73.99

Glasgow - Dublin

Aer Lingus – 15 September 2015

Glasgow   1750 – Dublin 1900: Cost stg £19.99

Glasgow   2045 – Dublin 2155: Cost stg £19.99

Edinburgh – Dublin

Aer Lingus – 15 September 2015

Edinburgh   1630 – Dublin 1745: Cost stg £24.98

Edinburgh   1950 – Dublin 2105: Cost stg £24.98

Dublin - Edinburgh

Ryanair – 14 September  2015

Dublin   0635 – Edinburgh 0755: Cost €14.99


Ryanair – 15 September 2015

Glasgow   1525 – Dublin 1625: Cost stg £9.99

Glasgow   2155 – Dublin 2320: Cost stg £9.99

Ryanair – 15 September 2015

Edinburgh   1410–Dublin 1645: Cost stg £14.99

Edinburgh   2110–Dublin 2215: Cost stg £14.99

Delegates will be responsible for booking their own accommodation. The suggested hotel is the Premier Inn Haymarket, 1 Morrison Link, Edinburgh, EH3 8DN where rooms can be booked online from £60 (approx €83)


The cost of the visit is €40 per delegate. This includes all event material, buffet lunch and evening reception on 14 September and buffet lunch on 15 September. It does not include dinner on 14 September.  Delegates will be responsible for booking their hotel and flights, travel within Scotland and all other meals and incidentals.


Catherine Bolster at or

Tel: 08925 15649