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Delivering the Right Game Changers? A Panel Discussion on the Scottish Government’s Planning Reform Consultation Paper

RTPI West of Scotland Chapter - Delivering the Right Game Changers? A Panel Discussion on the Scottish Government’s Planning Reform Consultation Paper

Thursday, 26 January 2017 at 6:00PM
Laphroaig Lecture Theatre, IET Teacher Building, 4 St Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4DB, UK
RTPI Scotland

In September 2015 the Scottish Government launched an independent review of the Scottish Planning System, focused around six key themes - development planning; housing delivery; planning for infrastructure; development management; leadership, resourcing and skills; and community engagement. The independent panel’s report, Empowering Planning to Deliver Great Places, was published on 31st May 2016 and identified 48 recommendations, including proposals to reform the preparation of development plans and enhance the role of the public sector in infrastructure delivery.


On 10th January 2017 the Scottish Government published a consultation on the future of planning in Scotland, Places, people and planning, which sets out 20 proposals for change that build on the recommendations of the independent review. This consultation, which runs until 4th April, will be used to inform a Planning Bill scheduled for the 2017-18 Scottish Parliamentary session and to shape wider reforms to the Scottish planning system. The current consultation will therefore have wide-ranging effects on the future of planning and the planning profession in Scotland. 

This event seeks to explore strategic issues emanating from the independent review and to question whether the proposals within the Consultation Paper can deliver the gamechangers needed to strengthen the planning system. Key speakers include:

  • Cliff Hague OBE - Professor Emeritus of Planning and Spatial Development at Heriot-Watt University; Past President of the RTPI and of the Commonwealth Association of Planners; Past Chair of Built Environment Forum Scotland.
  • Robert McKinnon – Chair, Strathclyde House Builder Committee at Homes for Scotland; Land Manager, Miller Homes.

This event will be followed immediately by the Chapter’s formal AGM for 2017, which all RTPI members, student members and licentiates are warmly invited to attend. Following the AGM formalities a wine reception will take place to celebrate the Chapter’s achievements in 2016 and welcome the new committee for 2017. There will also be a raffle held in support of the Jim Boyack Memorial Trust, which offers financial assistance to help students enter or continue on a planning course in Scotland.

The event is free for RTPI members or £5 for non-members. As with our previous AGM’s this event is anticipated to be very busy, so booking is essential.  

At the Chapter’s AGM the following officer posts will be elected for the 2017 committee: 

  • Vice-Convenor
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Events Convenor
  • Communications Convenor
  • Ordinary Committee Members

The Convenor for 2017 will be Michelle McGuckin, who served as Vice-Convenor for 2016, whilst Duncan Smart will serve as Immediate Past Convenor. Nominations will be accepted by email for all officer posts and ordinary committee members prior to 26th January, whilst nominations for ordinary committee members can also be made in person at the AGM. The current committee would particularly welcome nominations for new ordinary members, as we are always looking to grow the committee in order to increase the Chapter’s range of activities.