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Scottish Planning Policy and the New National Framework 3: Communities, Economic Growth and a Sustainable, Low Carbon Future

Wed 10th Jun 2015

Edinburgh, Surgeons' Hall

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“NPF3 is a strategy for all of Scotland – championing our most successful places and supporting change in areas where, in the past, there has been a legacy of decline. It builds on the success of our city regions and will help to transform our towns. It highlights opportunities for rural development that will strengthen our communities. And it sets out an ambitious agenda to secure investment in the unique assets of our coast and our islands.”

Derek Mackay MSP, Minister for Local Government and Planning, June 2014 - National Planning Framework 3

Set a year on from when NPF3 was first outlined, the conference will explore both opportunities ahead and progress made in the year since the framework was laid before Parliament. The conference takes place against a backdrop of wider developments which impact upon planning in Scotland - the Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill, Land Reform, the Smith Commission and the National Renewables Infrastructure Plan.

The programme will examine the framework's role in supporting communities and contributing to economic growth, healthy living and carbon reduction whilst also looking at ‘National Developments’ in Scotland. 

Assisting Scotland’s economic recovery is a key issue for the framework. What is the role of planning policy in contributing to economic growth? How can ‘National Developments’ contribute? How can the promotion of healthy places be built into planning? What do the changes mean for local authority planning departments? What does it mean for transport and other infrastructure projects? Scotland has ambitious carbon reduction and zero waste targets - are we on the correct path? 
Topics to be explored include: 

  • What next for Scotland?
  • Planning to support communities
  • Sustainable future development
  • Wellbeing and health 
  • Promoting equality and standards of living
  • Enterprise areas
  • Skills and professional development in planning
  • Low carbon opportunities
  • Connected places
  • Rural opportunities  
  • Nature and planning policy

We are bringing together a range of planning practitioners from across Scotland to explore the future of planning in Scotland and the progress made with NPF3.


Alex Neil MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners Rights, Scottish Government


Donald Anderson Director, PPS Group

Diarmaid Lawlor Head of Urbanism, Architecture and Design Scotland

Stefanie O'Gorman Director of Sustainable Economics, Jacobs

Andrew Trigger Strategic Land Manager, Avant Homes

Alastair McKie Partner, Head of Planning and Environment, Anderson Strathern

Dave Gorman Director of Social Responsibility and Sustainability, University of Edinburgh

David McAllister Manager - Training and Communications, PAS

Craig McLaren Director, Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland

Patrick Wiggins Chief Executive, Irvine Bay Regeneration Company

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