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7 Dec: Scottish Planners paving the way to the recovery

15 November 2010


Due to the challenging weather conditions which are again affecting transport infrastructure and creating other issues, we have regretfully decided to POSTPONE the SR / RTPI Planning Conference.

The event will now take place on Thursday 27 January 2011.

All delegate registrations will be held over until this date. On the 7th December, the RTPI and Scottish Renewables will join forces to hold a Conference called Paving the Way to the Recovery which will focus on how planners can better understand the needs of the renewables industry and how the sector can fully appreciate the role of planning in helping synthesising the green, economic and social agendas.

The Scottish Government's recent announcement of a £70million pot for marine renewables development and a target of 80% of all electricity in Scotland to be from renewable resources by 2020 has set ambitious targets for both the public and private sectors in Scotland.

Ian Angus, Convener of the Scottish Executive Committee of the RTPI, said: \"The impact of climate change means that the planning profession has to respond pro-actively to the development of renewable energy – but it is also incumbent upon our profession to ensure that such development also meets the needs of the environment and communities affected by that development. This is a two way process and means the renewables sector and the profession need to work more closely. This conference is one step on a long journey!\"

The Conference is intended to demonstrate that planners can work with the industry and offers them an opportunity to showcase their positive contribution to sustainable economic development in Scotland. The RTPI believes planners are well placed to ensure renewable energy developments not only address economic and climate change objectives but also respect the needs of the environment and communities.

The Royal Town Planning Institute has committed itself to 7 commitments to climate change: promote behavioural change; adapt existing places; Work towards responsive legislation and policies; Improve current practice; Celebrate best practice; Compile a compendium of best practice; Develop climate education and skills.

The conference on 7 December will contribute to a number of those commitments as well as help forge closer links with the renewables sector on Scotland.