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Introduction to the Scottish planning system - Edinburgh

Tuesday, 09 October 2018 at 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue, 16 St Mary's St, Edinburgh EH1 1SU, Scotland, UK
RTPI Training

Course aim

This masterclass, designed to provide elected members, professionals working in place making, technicians, administrators and support staff, with an understanding of the planning system. Delegates will gain an invaluable insight into the planning system, the role of development management and the way decisions on individual planning applications are made either by the planning committee, by the officers under delegated powers or by planning reporters or Scottish Ministers on appeal.


Through a combination of expert trainer input, discussion and group work, you will:

  • Gain a clear understanding on the importance and purpose of planning system
  • Appreciate the wider context and gather insights into the legislative framework and guidance within which you are working
  • Know what a planning application is and how a decision is made
  • Be updated on the many changes proposed in the planning review.

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Delegate numbers are restricted to enhance learning outcomes


This links to the following CPD Priority:

  • Effective decision making


Our trainer

Our masterclasses are delivered by our pool of industry leaders who are able to draw on their extensive personal experience to offer practical, interactive courses to our delegates.

Explore our trainer's background and their areas of expertise below.

Nick Wright

Nick is a qualified planner, mediator and facilitator with particular expertise in working with communities and stakeholders to translate aspirations into collaborative plans and action. As Convenor of RTPI Scotland in 2016, and as a former chair and a board member of Planning Aid for Scotland for many years, Nick has been closely involved with continuing efforts to improve Scottish planning practice since the mid-1990s. Nick also has extensive experience in designing and delivering training on the planning system for Councillors through the Scottish Government Improvement Service and individual local authorities over the last decade.


If you are having difficulties booking, please contact us on 020 7929 8400 or email