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Lessons Learned? New Towns – Old & New

This event provides a fantastic opportunity to reflect on the success of one of Scotland’s oldest New Towns and discuss what the future holds whilst also considering how it might influence the next generation of New Towns.

Thursday, 04 October 2018 at 5:30PM - 8:00PM
The Melting Pot, Rose St, Edinburgh EH2 2PR, UK
RTPI Scotland

Jim Birrell, Head of Planning Scotland’s Planning Review Programme Manager and former Senior Planning Manager with Fife Council, looks back on the development of Glenrothes, which celebrates the 70th anniversary of its New Town designation in 2018, to consider whether it has achieved its goals and offers some thoughts on the future direction of the town.

Andrew Roberts, Senior Strategic Land & Planning Manager with Taylor Wimpey, will provide an overarching discussion on how developers approach the concept of a 21st Century New Town, with a particular focus on the new community proposed at Blindwells, East Lothian.

Justin Lamb, Director of Justin Lamb Associates, will provide an insight into the many different components required for the physical delivery of private sector-led New Towns and discuss the role that planning has to play in their success.

After the presentations there will be an opportunity for you to engage in what will inevitably be a lively Q&A session.

Places are limited so book fast!

To book your place: please email by Monday 1st October.

Event Details


  • Jim Birrell, Heads of Planning Scotland
  • Andrew Roberts, Taylor Wimpey
  • Justin Lamb, Justin lamb Associates