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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

  • Scottish projects shorlisted for RTPI Excellence in Planning awards

    Five projects in Scotland have been shortlisted for a prestigious national award for planning excellence. They are Hillington Park Simplified Planning Zone (Excellence in Decision Making in Planning); Glasgow Commonwealth Games - The Athlete Village (Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing); National Planning Framework 3 & the Scottish Planning Policy (Excellence in Planning to Deliver Infrastructure); National Planning Framework 3 & the Scottish Planning Policy (Excellence in Plan Making Practice); Delivering the ecological recovery of Loch Leven through the planning system (Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment)


  • 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.




  • Policy Responses

    Read RTPI Scotland's responses to poliocy consultations by Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament and other organisations.

  • Research on linking spatial and community planning published

    RTPI Scotland has released new research into spatial and community planning. Linking People and Places: Spatial and Community Planning explores the relationship between these processes, investigates whether there is a disconnect between them and asks how they could be better aligned and what barriers and opportunities there are to this.

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@rtpiscotland : The 2015 SURF Awards are open for submissions. Include Most Improved Town award supported by RTPI Scotland 04/07/2015 - 03:37

@rtpiscotland : Government regeneration schemes add to productivity and growth. The Gorbals proves it | CityMetric 04/07/2015 - 12:52

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