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RTPI Scotland Annual Conference

Scotland 2050: What do we want Scotland to be and how do we make it happen?

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National Planning Framework 4 will set out a vision for how Scotland should be planned over the next 20 to 30 years. Early work on preparing NPF4 will follow the Planning Bill. So what do we want this to advocate? Do we want or need Scotland to be business as usual? Or should we be advocating for inclusive growth, balanced growth, a resilient country? And what will the impacts be of technological change? How could NPF support communities and social justice?  What should NPF4 say about how we treat and use our environment?

This conference explored the trends, opportunities and challenges and the actions required to make the Scotland we think we need. Speakers were asked to be 'disruptive' in arguing for what they think Scotland needs and how planning, planners and the National Planning Framework can do this. There was also a session about approaches being taken to planning in other parts of the world to see what can be learned in taking forward NPF4. Delegates had the opportunity to engage in the debate and help inform the development of NPF4.

This event took place on 2 October 2018.


Where Have We Come From? - Fraser Carlin MRTPI, Convenor, RTPI Scotland

Ministerial Address: Ambitions for Scotland - Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning

What do we want Scotland to be?

Measuring urban resilience and localising the SDGs in cities - Prof. Samer Bagaeen, Professor of Planning, University of Kent

Rural - Prof. Sarah Skerratt, Director of Rural Policy Centre, Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)

Communities - Robin McAlpine, Director, Common Weal

Connectivity - Prof. Tom Rye, Director, Transport Research Institute, Edinburgh Napier University

Economy - Stefano Smith FRTPI, Planning Director, WYG

Health - Eibhlin McHugh, Co-Director, Public Health Reform Executive Delivery Group, Scottish Government

Energy - Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables

What are the priorities?

A roundtable session facilitated by Graham Ross of Austin-Smith:Lord reflecting on the morning's presentations to identify key priorities, explore the opportunities presented, the challenges faced and what NPF4 can do to make it happen.

What can we learn from elsewhere?

The Wales Planning Policy and Value of Planning - Dr Roisin Willmott OBE, Director of Wales and Northern Ireland, RTPI

The Irish National Planning Framework and National Development Plan - Niall Cussen, Chief Planner, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Government of Ireland

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