RTPI Scotland



Graham Marchbank: Local Design Panels need planners

It's important that developers behind housing applications understand that a design review is there not necessarily to cut numbers but to get to grips with place-making & quality, writes RTPI Scotland executive committee member Graham Marchbank.

Published 4 June 2019

Beyond the Planning Bill: How can we deliver more, well-designed homes in the right places?

Craig McLaren summarises the recent UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) roundtable which looked at the changes to the Planning (Scotland) Bill and explored how new approaches to planning can help us to build more, well-designed homes.

Published 24 May 2019

Scottish planners issue post-Brexit environmental standards warning

The Scottish Government’s proposed environmental watchdog must be strong enough to maintain high environmental standards after Brexit, according to the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Scotland.

Published 13 May 2019

RTPI calls for new approach to Scottish infrastructure funding

Decisions on funding infrastructure in Scotland should be based on long-term factors beyond the economy, the Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland has said.

Published 7 May 2019

RTPI urges MSPs to drop Planning Bill’s extra duties

The Planning (Scotland) Bill may be unworkable as it stands given the number of unfunded additional duties it currently contains, RTPI Scotland has warned MSPs.

Published 24 April 2019

Planning Bill amendments costs could rise to £1bn, minister warns

The significant increase in planning costs associated with the amendments made at the latest Parliamentary stage of the Planning (Scotland) Bill threaten the very aims of the new legislation, according to planning minister Kevin Stewart.

Published 21 March 2019

Planning bursary scheme given government funding boost

A flagship postgraduate student bursary scheme from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has received a major financial boost from the Scottish Government.

Published 20 March 2019

Construction sector to suffer from under-resourced planning, warns RTPI Scotland

Large scale infrastructure projects and construction-led economic growth in Scotland are at risk if under-resourcing of the planning system continues, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Scotland has told MSPs.

Published 21 February 2019

New planning bill duties could see Scottish system grind to a halt, planners warn

The latest draft of the Planning (Scotland) Bill will place up to 88 new duties and responsibilities on planners without the resources required to undertake them, according to figures published today from the Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland (RTPI Scotland).

Published 5 December 2018

Blog: How we are influencing the Scottish Planning Bill

Craig McLaren outlines how RTPI Scotland is influencing the Planning Bill.

Published 4 December 2018

RTPI Scotland issues budget call for properly resourced planning teams

The Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland (RTPI Scotland) has urged cabinet secretary Derek Mackay to allow local authorities in Scotland to raise planning fees to cover the entire costs of the planning application function.

Published 14 November 2018

Holyrood committee votes against planning appeal amendments

Proposals to introduce new rights for communities to appeal planning decisions have failed to pass a key stage of the parliamentary legislative process.

Published 8 November 2018

Conversation not confrontation needed in Scottish Planning Bill

RTPI Scotland has joined forces with a number of high profile organisations in a letter sent to the Scottish Government and MSPs arguing for a change of direction in the Scottish Planning Bill.

Published 2 July 2018

Building industry and planners set to give Planning Bill evidence

Holyrood's local government and communities committee will continue to examine the Planning (Scotland) Bill tomorrow as it hears evidence from organisations from the country’s builders and planners.

Published 6 March 2018

Planning Bill published by Scottish Government

A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision about how land is developed and used has been introduced by cabinet secretary for communities, social security and equalities, Angela Constance MSP.

Published 5 December 2017