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RTPI Scotland hosts Parliamentary Reception to mark 25th anniversary

31 October 2019

Scottish Parliamentary Reception 2019

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has marked the 25th anniversary of its Scottish office by hosting a Parliamentary reception at Holyrood.

The event was sponsored by Monica Lennon MSP, who is the Scottish Labour Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, and a member of the RTPI.

Attendees included the RTPI’s current president, Ian Tant, past and present RTPI Scotland convenors, executive committee members, chapter representatives, MSPs and other key stakeholders from the public, private and third sectors.

Speaking at the event Local Government, Housing and Planning Minister Kevin Stewart congratulated the Institute on its 25 years in Scotland and expressed his gratitude for its high level engagement on the ongoing planning reform programme.

In her speech, Monica Lennon, who started her planning career 22 years ago at the University of Strathclyde, said she was grateful for the opportunities the Institute had given her through the Scottish Young Planners’ network and the Scottish Executive Committee. She highlighted that RTPI Scotland 'punches above its weight' in influencing  the Scottish Parliament.

RTPI President Ian Tant spoke of the visionary nature of the RTPI’s decision to establish a Scotland office in 1994 and how the Institute’s influence and accessibility had grown and built upon its success in the time since.

RTPI Scotland Convenor Julia Frost concluded the speeches by paying testament to the enduring links between RTPI Scotland and the Scottish Parliament, and spoke about the Institute’s role in advising, informing and influencing approaches to legislation, policy and practice over the past quarter of a century.  She urged all stakeholders to continue that good relationship to enable more informed and constructive discussion on how planning and planners can create great places for people into the future.

Craig McLaren, Director of RTPI Scotland, said: “Last night the RTPI invited friends old and new to celebrate 25 years of our office in Scotland. We are very grateful to Monica for hosting us at the Scottish Parliament as it has allowed us to not only mark the significance of the office but to further develop our relationships with MSPs.”