RTPI Scotland



Planners call for meaningful reform of Scottish planning system

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Scotland has urged the Scottish Government to look beyond “merely procedural” change to the planning system, and to provide more detail on how proposals are to be taken forward.

Published 15 August 2017

RTPI Scotland to take forward planning 'gamechangers'

RTPI Scotland is taking forward five gamechanging ideas for the Scottish planning system in new papers published today.

Published 26 April 2017

Planners call for clearer national roadmap for development in Scotland

The Scottish Government needs to establish national development priorities across the country and map them out clearly in a new National Development Plan (NDP), according to the Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland (RTPI Scotland).

Published 4 April 2017

‘Planning could play key role in tackling climate change’, RTPI Scotland tells parliamentary committee

A parliamentary committee reviewing the draft Climate Change Plan has heard that planning could be central to delivering the Scottish climate change strategy.

Published 2 February 2017

Blog: The Parliamentary debate on planning – a constructive discussion

Craig McLaren, director of RTPI Scotland, outlines his take on the planning debate in Parliament yesterday. 

Published 27 January 2017

Sector welcomes Scottish planning report

The Scottish Property Federation (SPF) has welcomed the latest planning report as a major turning point for local authority planning services around the country.

Published 11 January 2017

Blog: My planning manifesto for 2017

RTPI Scotland convenor Stefano Smith sets out his plans for 2017

Published 9 January 2017

Blog: 5 important things that happened in Scottish planning in 2016

RTPI Scotland director Craig McLaren looks back at the important things that have happened in Scottish planning in 2016

Published 4 January 2017

Blog: A day in the life of planning enforcement

What does a day in planning enforcement look like? A pertinent question for Katherine Pollard, the network manager at the RTPI’s National Association of Planning Enforcement (NAPE).

Published 29 November 2016

Scottish Government urged to make planners statutory consultees in strategic local decisions

The Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland has made the case for the planning function in each authority to be given statutory powers to be consulted in strategic decision-making processes.

Published 25 November 2016

Blog: What can Scotland learn from England and Wales’ experience with the Community Infrastructure Levy?

The last few weeks has seen plenty of top level discussion about the outcomes of the independent Planning Review. This blog kicks off a series in which RTPI Scotland will aim to open the discussion about some of the specific recommendations in the panel’s report.

Published 13 July 2016

Sector welcomes government ambition for ‘stronger, simpler planning system’

RTPI Scotland and the Scottish Property Federation have welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement that it will seek to simplify and strengthen the planning system with a White Paper later this year and a Planning Bill in 2017.

Published 12 July 2016

Blog: The Planning Review – the need to prioritise, mobilise and evangelise

RTPI Scotland policy and practice officer, Kate Houghton, responds to the review of Scotland’s planning system and outlines four priorities for any forthcoming reform.

Published 5 July 2016

Independent review ‘affirms planning’s proactive role in Scotland’

RTPI Scotland has broadly welcomed recommendations made following an independent review of the Scottish planning system.

Published 1 June 2016

Housing bodies unite in joint call to tackle homes shortage

Scotland’s key housing and professional bodies today called for politicians to tackle the country’s housing crisis by supporting an increase in the supply of warm, sustainable homes that meet a diverse set of needs and aspirations.

Published 26 April 2016