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Scottish Young Planners' Network

What We Do 

The SYPN carries out a range of activities including: 

  • Hosting an Annual Conference
  • Organising CPD and Networking events
  • APC licentiate and mentor workshops
  • Presentations to Planning Schools
  • SYPN Bulletin
  • Articles in Scottish Planner
  • Annual event with the Scottish Government Chief Planner
  • Close working with RTPI Scotland Chapters
  • Cross-discipline events with other built environment professionals
  • Jim Boyack Trust support
  • Peter Suttie Award support

In addition members of the steering group have formal positions on the RTPI Scottish Executive Committee and the RTPI Young Planners Advisory Group.


Jim Boyack Award

Submission are being sought for the Jim Boyack Memorial Trust Award. A prize of £1600 and a free place at the RTPI Scottish Young Planners' Conference is available to planning students in Scotland seeking support to assist them to enter or continue on a planning course in Scotland that is accredited by RTPI. More details

Peter Suttie Award 

This award is supported by RTPI Scotland, Heads of Planning Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council.  Details are here

The £500 award is competitive and focused on Peter's particular interests of comparative planning and planning education. Proposals can be used to fund young planners to undertake a comparative study into planning issues, either in the UK or abroad. The work is not necessarilly restricted to written material. Photographic, video or other media formats would be acceptable and innovative proposals welcomed. 

The award is directed towards Licentiate planners in the first ten years of their career who are working in Scotland or those studying for an accredited qualification at a Scottish University.  

2013 Winner 

The 2013 winner of the Peter Suttie Award is Hamish Bell.  Hamish is on a career break from employment with City of Edinburgh Council and studying Swedish as a second language to enable him to gain planning related work experience/ employment in Sweden. His project explored "how can consistency in the detailing of masterplans be achieved whilst still meeting individual development requirements? – Lessons from major developments in Edinburgh, Scotland and Helsingborg, Sweden". 

Hamish won a £500 prize, a free place at the 2014 Scottish Young Planners' Conference where he gave a presentation on his findings, and the opportunity to write an article for Scottish Planner.


Each year the SYPN organises an annual conference, a range of CPD events, APC sessions for both licentiates and mentors, networking events and a number of cross-discipline events.

Upcoming Events

Watch this space for updated information on events!

Scottish Young Planners' Conference 2015

The SYPN Conference 2015 was held on 12 March 2015 at the Lighthouse, Glasgow.

Please see links below to some of the conference presentations from the day:

The programme for the day can be found here.


The SYPN produces a regular bulletin that provides further information of our activities, details of forthcoming events and topical articles.

We also have a regular slot in Scottish Planner journal.

Social media

SYPN has groups on LinkedIn and Facebook. Why not join these to keep up to date with all that is happening with SYPN?

Newsletters and articles

Copies of our recent newsletters and other articles can be found below as PDFs. If you have any ideas or would like to contribute to future editions then please email us.

Please contact us via email at

RTPI Scotland is Committed to Young Planners

We've done a lot of work in the past to push issues important to young planners up the agenda with key employers and the Scottish Government. We hope this will continue into 2014-15, sign up to the mailing list for more information. See below what SYPN has already achieved: 

  • In 2012 SYPN hosted a summit on Placements, Internships and Secondments involving key employer organisations.  All action points agreed can be found here.
  • Statement of Commitment - At the Scottish Young Planners' Conference held on 2013, Derek Mackay, Minister for Local Government and Planning endorsed a Commitment of Support to Young Planners.
  • Career Development Event 2013 supported young planners in career progression. For details of the event, see here.