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Planning in Scotland: Delivering a 360 Degree Planning System

Thu 26th Oct 2017

, Holiday Inn Corstorphine

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This conference discusses the Scottish Government's plans to legislate to develop a Scottish planning system which is more strategic and enabling, better networked into other policy areas, rooted in consensual and engaged development planning and more collaborative in its structure, working and funding both internally and externally. 

In other words, how do we achieve the 360˚ Planning System Scotland needs? A system capable of working collaboratively at all levels to:

  • Access the skills and resources needed internally to make the system excel
  • Join up processes and delivery internally with other areas such as community planning and land reform to achieve holistic policy outcomes
  • Become externally enabling and cross-planning in the approach to finding effective economic and social infrastructure outcomes
  • Work strategically externally to both deliver for the present and plan for the potential Scotland of the future, shaped by technological, economic and demographic change
  • Timed to take place after the publication of the Scottish Government's White Paper - and while the opportunity exists to help shape and develop the proposals contained within that White Paper - the conference will draw together all those stakeholders who together bring planning to life. Planners, developers, investors, funders, policy makers and community planning interests.

Scotland needs a 360˚ Planning System. It needs such a system if it is to meet its potential in supporting infrastructure delivery, engage fully in development planning and management, enable other policy areas such as Land Reform and Community Engagement to be more effectively rolled out and if it is to secure the level of resources and skills necessary to drive a planning system that excels.

Some of the conference themes to be explored include:

  • Purpose and Practice in Planning
  • Understanding the White Paper
  • Process and delivery - what works?
  • Getting system scale - balancing big-enough-to-matter with small enough for hands-on
  • Achieving the delicate balance of working protectively and proactively
  • Planning and its relationship with other policy areas
  • Planning structures, agencies and powers
  • Aggregating investment and structures 


John McNairney

Chief Planner, Scottish Government


Niall Stuart Director, Hutcheson Associates

Stefano Smith FRTPI Director of Planning - Peter Brett Associates and RTPI Scotland Convenor 2017

Craig McLaren Director for Scotland and Ireland, Royal Town Planning Institute

Karen Hamilton Partner and Head of Transport Group, Brodies

Pam Ewen Senior Manager (Planning), Fife Council

Jonathan Guthrie Director for Strategic Public Partnerships, Robertson Group

Donald Anderson Director, Playfair Scotland

Graham Ross Director, Austin Smith Lord

Petra Biberbach Chief Executive, PAS

Irene Beautyman Planning for Place Programme Manager, Improvement Service

Nikola Miller Principal Planning Advisor, Homes for Scotland

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