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Author Archive | Nick Wright

The politics of the planning profession

This blog post first appeared in The Scottish Planner (April 2016 edition). Why is RTPI Scotland spending so much effort on the Scottish Government’s Review of the Scottish Planning System and trying to influence Planning in the Next Parliament? At one level, the answer is obvious: to influence politicians, government, other professions and the media. And […]

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How can planning contribute to wellness?

BEFS (Built Environment Forum Scotland) this week organised an evening seminar asking: How can the planning system contribute to wellbeing in a fairer Scotland?    Alongside Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights and Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public Health, University of Strathclyde, I was delighted to represent RTPI Scotland on the panel. […]

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Buckie harbour & Scotland’s future

Buckie Harbour was built over 100 years ago to serve the fishing industry, growing over the years to include a significant cargo industry as well. The decline of the fishing industry over the last 20 years in the UK has had an impact on the port, like many others.  Although Buckie Harbour is far from […]

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vacant shops on Sauchiehall Street

One of my current projects is with Glasgow City Council and local stakeholders to develop a regeneration framework for Sauchiehall Street and Garnethill in Glasgow – part of a major investment in the city centre in the next few years to make it more people-friendly. It’s a flagship project for the City Council, as well […]

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where will all the turbines go?

This year’s annual Scottish Planning and Environmental Law conference included an enlightening session on the new policy framework created by Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) for onshore wind turbines. SPP spatial framework The SPP introduced a new three tier spatial framework for onshore wind farms (paragraph 161): Group 1: areas where wind farms will not be acceptable (National Parks and National […]

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planning and entrepreneurship

Recently I was at an interesting meeting with Iain Scott of Can Do Towns and Scotpreneur, civil servants from the Scottish Government’s regeneration & planning divisions and RTPI Scotland. The subject of the discussion was how can planners and planning encourage entrepreneurial activity.  The contexts were, firstly, the undersung importance of small private and social enterprises to local economies […]

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Strategic Development Planning | making it interesting

Strategic planning has been one of Scottish planning’s success stories – from the wealth of good work done by Strathclyde Regional Council’s structure plan team in the 1980s & 90s to TAYplan Strategic Development Plan team winning the RTPI Silver Jubilee Cup in 2012. Scottish strategic planning was radically reworked in 2006. Strategic Development Plans (SDPs) replaced the old […]

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new urban voices

Finding money for improving our towns and cities is getting harder and harder – whether you’re a business, a local authority or particularly a social enterprise. In the past you might have asked a bank or a grant-funder for some money. Now you need to be more nimble. Lots of people are finding clever new […]

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