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RTPI Scotland

RTPI Scotland

RTPI Scotland aims to support people and organisations to create great places for people across Scotland. We do this through:

  • leading thinking on how to create great places for people
  • supporting our Members to develop their skills
  • managing our knowledge and sharing it with Members and stakeholders
  • brokering dialogue and action amongst key influencers on planning issues
  • providing and demonstrating our value to Members


Derek Lyddon FRTPI

We are sorry to announce the death of Derek Lyddon FRTPI.  Derek was a key player in Scottish planning throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s when he was Chief Planning Officer at the Scottish Office. These were times of immense change in Scotland and Derek helped ensure planning was central in taking these forward.  Derek was a fellow of the Institute and, amongst other things, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Chair of the Planning Exchange and the President of the International Society of City and Regional Planners. He was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1984. 

Pam Ewen, Convenor of RTPI Scotland, said "Derek was a major influence in planning in Scotland – and further afield - over a number of decades. He obviously immersed himself in his work  and was an important advocate for the role that planning and planners can play in working towards a better Scotland. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends."

Latest Blog Posts

  • Dundee Waterfront voted Scotland's Best Place

    After a public vote, Dundee Waterfront has been announced as Scotland's Best Place. The competition, which was organsied to help celebrate RTPI's Centenary, attracted over 3700 votes from people acrioss Scotland. Read more



  • RTPI Scotland Annual Report 2014

    We have published our Annual Report for 2014. Headlines include

    • 56 events have been held for members across Scotland.
    • 19 responses have been submitted to consultation documents or calls for evidence issued by Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament and other bodies, and oral evidence was given to Parliament on 1 occasion
    • 4 editions of the new look Scottish Planner have been published

     You can read the full report here


  • RTPI responds to Smith Commission

    RTPI Scotland has responded to the Smith Commission, setting out 10 principles that we ask the Commission to adopt in taking forward its work that would help planners.




  • 10 Propositions on Planning for Housing

    RTPI Scotland is keen to initiate a debate on planning for housing.  As part of this are keen to hear Members' views and so have published a paper setting out 10 propositions on possible solutions. Have a read and let use know what you think.

  • Scottish Young Planners' Conference 2015

    Bookings are now being taken for the 2015 Scottish Young Planners' Conference which takes place on 12 March looking at "How Do We Create Successful Places?"

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@rtpiscotland : Historic small towns given help to spruce themselves up | Herald Scotland 29/03/2015 - 11:02

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