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Partners in Planning

Who we are

Partners in Planning is a collaboration that aims to:

  • build the capacity we need to deliver quality places that promote wellbeing, sustainable communities and inclusive growth
  • pull together the skills, knowledge and behaviours of those working with Scotland's planning system to maximise their contributions to achieving these outcomes
  • promote high quality and fit for purpose planning education and lifelong learning to support planning in Scotland

What we do

Partners in Planning will:

  • collect information on learning, practice, research and policy in one place
  • promote and support high quality education, training and continuing professional development to enhance the skills, knowledge and behaviours required in planning
  • facilitate discussion, identify required actions and coordinate implementation of relevant learning and skills development activities 
  • provide a forum for exchanging information and analysis of issues relating to initial planning education, graduate development and lifelong learning
  • act as a champion for continuous improvement and excellence through skills and learning development
  • identify and share good practice and provide among people, organisations, sectors and disciplines

PIP's work will be taken forward based on the need to:

  • support all practitioners involved with the planning system through involving multiple professions, disciplines and sectors.
  • recognise the differing needs of planners and other practitioners in different roles and at different stages of their career
  • build on the strength of the partnership of organisations and sectors involved
  • include all sectors in any new initiatives, where appropriate
  • support initiatives to improve skills and behaviours to work in a range of contexts and settings
  • optimise the skills and knowledge of future planners to become future leader
  • get people into planning as a career


In doing this it aims to achieve the following outcomes:

  • identified areas of skills and learning need
  • constructive and proactive comment on planning skills
  • more joined up approaches to planning skills support
  • more joint working and joint skills and learning programmes
  • opportunities for sharing experiences and perspectives
  • planning promoted widely as a career
  • optimised opportunities for young planners to become planning leaders of the future


It is envisaged that PIP will:

  • Act as a focus for identifying, and sharing information and intelligence on good practice in planning and placemaking through providing content for, promoting and supporting the Partners in Planning web portal
  • support initiatives aimed at enhancing skills, knowledge and behaviours to support improved planning practice
  • undertaking research and analysis to inform future approaches to  improving planning practice
  • provide constructive feedback on approaches to planning practice
  • promote a culture of support for enhancing skills, knowledge and behaviours to improve planning practice


PIP will have a senior representative from each of the following organisations as the core partner membership:

  • Scottish Planning Schools (Dundee; Heriot Watt; Glasgow; Strathclyde)
  • Improvement Service
  • PAS (Planning Aid for Scotland)
  • RTPI 
  • Heads of Planning Scotland
  • Scottish Government
  • Scottish Planning Consultancy Forum
  • Key Agencies Group (with A+DS in lead)
  • Scottish Young Planners' Network
  • Homes for Scotland
Forthcoming events
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@rtpiscotland : Research on the deliverability of site allocations in local development plans has been published by… 21/02/2020 - 01:25

@rtpiscotland : RT @RTPIPlanners: Implementing the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019, 4 March, Edinburgh. This new masterclass has been developed by us to addre… 20/02/2020 - 06:02

@rtpiscotland : RT @RTPIPlanners: Congratulations @GlasgowCC 👏👏👏 For a full list of all finalists in all categories, visit 20/02/2020 - 06:01