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Scottish Young Planners Conference 2022

Harnessing the new planning system
12 May 2022 at 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM / Scotland / Conference

12 May 2022 at 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth, United Kingdom, PH1 5HZ
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2022 marks another significant year for the Scottish planning system. In November last year the Scottish Government published the Draft NPF4 for consultation. This marks a shift in thinking and focuses on the Climate Emergency as well as the Nature Crisis. The NPF4 is now to form part of the statutory development plan and will lead planning decisions until 2045 once adopted. There are challenges to be met, and opportunities to be had. How, then, do we harness the the new planning system to ensure we shape places for people and in doing so contribute to reducing our impact on the planet? What are the opportunities for Young Planners, and what do we need to know?

This conference will explore our response to the NPF4 and the new planning system through four themes: sustainable, liveable, productive, and distinctive places. We will be joined by speakers from across Scotland who will discuss ways in which we can deliver on NPF4, achieve green recovery and respond to the climate emergency and nature crisis. The conference will explore the ways in which the new planning system can be harnessed, what opportunities young planners can grasp, and what we also need to know in order to address the challenges whilst shaping places for people.


9.15AM           Registration and refreshments

9.55AM         Chair's Welcome and Introduction

  • Andrew Trigger

10.00AM           Opening remarks with the Chief Planner & Q&A

  • Dr. Fiona Simpson

Session One: Sustainable Places

10.30AM         Community Wealth Building

  • Stephen White. Head of Community Wealth Building Unit at The Scottish Government

10.50AM         Human Rights and Planning

  • Neil Collar, Brodies

11.10AM         Q & A

11.20AM         Refreshments

Session Two: Liveable places

11.50AM         Infrastructure first

  • Pam Ewen, HOPS

12.10PM         Living locally in Scotland - A Rural Perspective

  • Debbie Mackay, Savills

12.30PM         Q & A

12.40PM         Lunch

Session Three: Productive Places

1.25PM           Industrial Green Transition Zone

  • Paul Macari, Aberdeenshire Council

1.35PM           Delivering a Network for Net Zero

  • Tommy Hart, SSE          

1.45PM           Q & A

1.55PM           Soap Box Session

2.10PM           Workshops: Skills for Delivery

a. Design Value - Dr James White and Dr Gareth James

b. Public Inquiries - Karen Hamilton, Brodies

c. Planning Obligations - Neil Collar, Brodies

3.10PM           Refreshments  

3.30PM           Workshop 2 (repeated as above)

4.30PM           Creating distinctive places

  • Christina Gaiger, President RIAS

4.50PM           Conclusions and Summing Up

  • Andrew Trigger, Convenor, RTPI Scotland

5.00PM           Close of Conference and Post Conference Drinks (sponsored by Geddes Consulting)

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