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RTPI Scotland Annual Conference

The New Agenda: Planners as Visionaries, Facilitators and Enablers2018 annual conference image

Tuesday 3 October 2017

COSLA Conference Centre, Edinburgh


The planning system in Scotland is undergoing a significant review and a Planning Bill is scheduled to be published before the end of the year.  At the same time UN Habitat III in Quito has published the new urban agenda which outlines how planners and planning have a vital role in improving the quality of life for people by creating inclusive, successful and sustainable places.

The conference will look at the key issues we face in Scotland to develop an agenda for change. It will hear about opportunities, challenges faced and the new thinking and doing required from inspirational and forward thinking people.  Conference delegates will have the opportunity to discuss these with others and help develop and agree the way forward.


9.30     Registration

10.00   Introduction and Welcome - Stefano Smith MRTPI, Convenor, RTPI Scotland and Director of Planning, Peter Brett Associates.

10.05   The New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals - An Opportunity for Planning? - Emeritus Professor Cliff Hague FRTPI OBE, Chair, The Cockburn Society

10.30    How Do We Plan for Inclusive Growth?

  • Oonagh Gil MRTPI, Head of Enterprise and Cities, Scottish Government
  • Lesley Martin MRTPI, Lead Member, RSA Building Inclusive Growth Network in Scotland
  • Jennifer Wallace, Head of Policy, Carnegie UK Trust
  • Nick Skelton, Equity Director, Peter Brett Associates

 Q+A and discussion to identify priority actions

11.45   Tea/ coffee

12.00   How do we plan for Social Justice?

  • Sarah Boyack, Head of Public Affairs, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
  • Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF
  • and other TBC

Q+A and discussion to identify priority actions

 13.15   Lunch

 14.00   How do we plan for Environmental Sustainability?

  • Anne McCall MRTPI, Director, RSPB Scotland
  • Martin Valenti, Head of Strategic Initiatives, SEPA
  • Gordon Watson MRTPI, Chief Executive,  Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority

 Q+A and discussion to identify priority actions

15.15   Tea/ coffee

15.40   The Way Forward for Planning: Creating Certainty in an Uncertain World - Professor Janice Morphet FRTPI, the Bartlett School of Planning

16.05   Ministerial Address - Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing

16.30   Closing comments


You can book places here


RTPI Members £125 + VAT

Non Members £150 + VAT

A limited number of places are available for students and unemployed members for £30 + VAT.

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