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RTPI Scotland Annual Conference


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Tuesday 11 October 2016

Paisley Town Hall, Paisley


Sponsored by

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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.


10.00      Introduction and welcome - Nick Wright, Convenor, RTPI Scotland

10.05      Opening Address - Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and 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

11.15      Town centre walkabouts

12.30      Lunch and networking     

Transforming delivery

1.30        A Regional Growth Strategy – The Manchester devolution package  - Mike Emmerich, Metro Dynamics

1.50        Tax Incremental Finance as a catalyst for industry and infrastructure - Douglas Duff, Head of Economic Development & Environmental Services, Falkirk Council

2.10        A Whole Town Approach in Barrhead - Gillian McCarney, Planning and Building Standards Manager, East Renfrewshire Council

2.30        Discussion

2.45        Refreshments

Transforming planning

3.10        Non Planners' soapbox - challenging planning

  • Garry Clark, Head of Policy and Research, Scottish Chambers of Commerce
  • Chris Oswald, Head of Policy and Communication, Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • David Stewart, Policy Lead, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

3.40        The Planning White Paper - John McNairney, Chief Planner, Scottish Government

3.55        Planners' soapbox – views on what a new planning system should look like 

  • Gary Mappin, Director of Planning, Iceni
  • Steve Rogers, Chair, Heads of Planning Scotland
  • Elaine Fotheringham, Chair, Scottish Young Planners' Network

4.25        Closing remarks

4.30        Finish


When booking use event code 40647


RTPI Members (including Licentiates) - £125 + VAT   

Non Members - £150 + VAT

A limited number of places are available for students and unemployed members/ licentiates at £30+VAT (Ref RTPIS30)


Phone:   0845 082 1171 (at local rates)





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