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RTPI Scotland Annual Conference 2016 - Empowering Planning, Transforming Places

Planning is going through a time of change. The Independent Review of the Scottish Planning System has outlined the potential of the system and put forward a range of possible solutions. A White Paper on planning will be published by the end of the year  to be followed by a Planning Bill, regulations, guidance and advice. So what type of planning system do we want and need? What does this look like? And what do we need to do to take it forward? 

The conference will look at how planning and planners can impact on place at different scales – national, regional, local and community – and will explore how it has been able to deliver quality outcomes in different circumstances.  It will also challenge us to ensure that planners, planning and the planning system can help to meet the aspirations and ambitions of others.

The conference is a ‘must attend’ for anyone with a stake in planning and who wants to contribute to the debate on the future of the system and the profession.

There are no future dates confirmed for this event. Please contact us on 020 3122 0138. if you are interested in this event.



10.00      Introduction and welcome

Nick Wright, Convenor, RTPI Scotland


10.05      Opening Address

Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government & Housing


Transforming Paisley


10.25      Paisley City of Culture 2021 bid

Cllr Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council


10.40      Beyond the bid: Paisley 2026 action plan

Alasdair Morrison, Head of Regeneration, Renfrewshire Council


10.55      Future Directions for Paisley Town Centre

Andrew Mitchell, Business Improvement District (BID) Manager, Paisley First


11.10      Discussion


11.20      Refreshments


11.35      Town centre walkabouts


12.45      Lunch and networking     


Transforming delivery


13.45       A Regional Growth Strategy – The Manchester devolution package

Mike Emmerich, Metro Dynamics


14.05       Tax Incremental Finance as a catalyst for industry and infrastructure

Douglas Duff, Head of Economic Development & Environmental Services, Falkirk Council


14.25       A Whole Town Approach in Barrhead

Gillian McCarney, Planning and Building Standards Manager, East Renfrewshire Council


14.45        Discussion


14.55        Refreshments


Transforming planning


15.15       Non Planners’ soapbox

Liz Cameron, Chief Executive, Scottish Chambers of Commerce

Chris Oswald, Head of Policy and Communication, Equality and Human Rights Commission

Mary Taylor, Chief Executive, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations


15.45       The Planning White Paper

John McNairney, Chief Planner, Scottish Government



16.00       Planners’ soapbox –

Gary Mappin, Director of Planning, Iceni

Steve Rogers, Chair, Heads of Planning Scotland

Elaine Fotheringham, Chair, Scottish Young Planners’ Network


16.30        Discussion


16.40        Closing remarks


16.45       Close of Conference


£125 + vat RTPI Members

£150 + vat Non Members

Limited number of concession places available at £30 + vat to RTPI Student Members & Unemployed Members - please quote discount code RTPIS30 at the time of booking to receive this special price (please do not fill in your RTPI membership number at the same time; only use the discount code)

RTPI Scotland

This conference has been organised by: The Royal Town Planning Institute in Scotland, 18 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh, EH3 8HQ

The RTPI is a registered charity in Scotland (SCO37841) and England and Wales (262285).

Head Office: Royal Town Planning Institute, 41 Botolph Lane, London EC3R 8DL

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More details are available at RTPI Scotland Annual Conference